PM announces health package for Thatta, adjoining districts
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on a day’s visit to Karachi and the nearby district of Thatta announced major grants of nearly Rs 100 crore for development of districts of Thatta, Sujawal and Badin. He ordered bringing Thatta within the fold of nation-wide health insurance scheme for the poor the needy.
He said that he was determined to banish the sense of deprivation from Sindh cities, and will spend billions of rupees to achieve that goal. All Sindh cities will be developed as quickly as possible.
On arrival in Karachi, he was received at the airport by Governor Mohammad Zubair, chief minister Murad Ali Shah, chief secretary Rizwan Memon, and the IG police A D Khawaja. From there he flew to Thatta district to address a massive rally at the place, located on the main national highway, linking Karachi with Hyderabad since olden days.
A new road, extended and broadened to six-lane Motorway is nearing completion from Sohrab Goth just outside the Federal “B” Area to Hyderabad, which will link Karachi on fast track communication system through Multan, Lahore, Islamabad, right upto Peshawar, reducing the distance and travel time substantially.
Speaking at what was his first major contact with people in Thatta district, just 60 miles away from Karachi, and which is a historic town with Moghul days monument of Badshahi Mosque and Makli Tombs, Nawaz announced a 500-bed hospital for the place, suffering from facilities despite being so close to Karachi.
He was welcomed there by the Shirazis, which are well known family of Thatta district and wields tremendous influence in the main town on the highway. They had been a threat to Peoples Party, and have now switched over from Q-League , formed by General Pervez Musharraf to PML(N) and seem an asset for the Nawaz party.
The Prime Minister told a cheering crowd that every village in Thatta and neighbouring Sujawal districts will be electrified under a plan. He ordered the National Highway Authority to link Thatta town with Keti Bandar with a 50-kilometre modern highway, for which he announced initial allocation of Rs 50 crore.
In addition, Thatta and Sujawal districts were given Rs 20 crore each for development and infra-structure, so vital for modernization and improvement of life style of the people.
Another Rs 10 crore was announced for Badin district, which is now connected with a bridge which greatly facilitated road travel. Previously despite being close, the two districts were divided by a riverine, and a circuitous route had to be taken for road journeys via Mirpurkhas. Now it is much easier. Badin an important town and needed government support for it is also a vital route to Thar deserts, which too needs authorities immediate attention.
The Prime Minister felt sorry that although all this was the job of the Sindh government, but told the people that “if the provincial government does not focu attention and lags behind in discharging its responsibilities, the federal administration will do the job for the good of the people”. There will be no discrimination, said the premier, and assured the people that for him entire Pakistan, and all its provinces, and districts were equal and will have undivided attention. He was for Pakistan and its people and not for any special area or territory.
The premier who had recently launched national health card scheme in the Punjab and also in KPK, announced that it will now be extended to Sindh, and on his next visit which will be soon, he will himself distribute health insurance cards to people of Thatta.
He said that he was hurt when he saw poor people travelling long distances to seek medical aid for the sick. Now the health facility will be available to their doors. This was his promise, he held out an assurance in unambiguous terms.
Nawaz said that the question of building a university in Thatta will be taken up after necessary infra structures like roads, electricity and hospitals are built. Then the university project for Thatta will also be taken up.