CDWP approves PM’s National Health Insurance Programme

Islamabad—The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) chaired by Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof Ahsan Iqbal here Friday approved Rs 8 billion Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Program to improve the health status of the population in the country.
The program would ensure access to quality health care especially enhancing coverage and access to secondary and priority treatment of the poor and vulnerable population. Under the program, over 4.6 million families would be provided health insurance in 34 districts of the country.
The meeting held here also approved a project for the construction of Pakistan Survey Complex at a cost of Rs 284 million in Lahore. It also approved a project of the construction of building of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.
The project includes Assembly Hall, Administration building, hostel and car parking. Another project for the construction of 18-kilometer highway from Lahore Ring Road to Kalashah Kaku, besides construction of a bridge on Ravi river is also included. The CDWP also send a project of Rs 22 billion submitted by Punjab government for enhancing immunity against different diseases among the children for the approval of Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC). Under the program, the children would be administrated vaccine to protect them against nine diseases. The meeting also discussed proposed working papers regarding communication, energy, information technology, physical planning and housing.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Friday informed the National Assembly that 95 percent work on ongoing development projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) had been completed. In the question hours, he said the government review progress of the projects after every quarter and allocate funding accordingly.
He said the federal government identified development programs and projects in consultation with provincial governments.
The minister said after the 18th amendment, responsibility for poverty alleviation falls on the provincial governments.
Despite this, federal government is also financing vertical programs of health and population welfare through PSDP as per decision of Council of Common Interests (CCI), he added.
Minister for Parliamentarians Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said meeting of the Board of Investment held to discuss how to attract more investment in the country.
Pakistan Vision 2025 Debate, he said had been shaped in a manner to bring meaning out of the war of arguments which would be waged throughout the competition, logic of the debates would be translated into policy
recommendations on different pillars of Pakistan Vision and would
be incorporated in the future plans.
President Islamic International University, Ahmad Yousuf and Executive Director HEC, Professor Dr Ghulam Raza also spoke on the occasion.—APP

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