PM fighting political dacoits with full determination: SACM

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Says two groups in PML-N fighting to please their respective masters

Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA) is endeavoring hard for the welfare and betterment of destitute, deserving and impecunious strata of the society.

Talking to the media at Punjab Social Protection Authority Office along with Vice Chairperson Jamal Nasir Cheema here on Thursday, Dr Firdous said the Bahimmat Buzurg Program is a flagship program of the PTI government which is providing dignified social protection to elderly persons preferably females above the age of 65.

This program has been started from Rs2 billion and under this program, needy senior citizens are getting a monthly stipend of Rs2,000.

The Special Assistant said that Ehsas Punjab Masawaat Program is the first program of its kind to provide unconditional cash transfer to elderly transgender persons with the benefit amount of Rs3,000 per month and an unconditional cash transfer to disable transgender persons with the benefit amount of Rs2000 per month.

Dr Firdous said that a low literacy rate is an important issue for us but Punjab Social Protection Authority is playing an important role in increasing the literacy rate through Zewar-e-Taleem Program.

She said that Zewar-e-Taleem Program is a conditional cash transfer to the girl students enrolled in public sector schools in 16 districts with low literacy rates.

These girls are receiving Rs 1000 per month in compliance with the 80% attendance requirement in schools.

The purpose of this initiative is to improve girls’ enrolment and retention in schools, she said.

The SACM said that a gang in DG Khan tribal areas committed inhumane acts due to long-standing enmity a few days ago.

The Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, while taking timely action, formally convened a meeting of law enforcement agencies and directed them to take legal action against the culprits.

She said the government will not allow anyone to take the law into his/her own hands and play with human lives.

Replying to a question, Dr Firdous said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is fighting the political dacoits with full determination and the government will not spare any kind of bandits and will eradicate them. She said the state looks after the national interests and not the political interests.

All state institutions stand behind the government and we are determined to bring these gangs to justice. Whether it is a chotto gang or a motto gang, everyone will be brought to justice, she said.

To another question, the SACM said the differences within the PML-N are visible. There are two distinct groups in the party that are fighting to capture the media screens and prove loyalties to their respective masters.

Dr Firdous said that a friendly match is played to check the fitness of the players before the actual game.

However, in the match against the opposition, all the PTI members stand united and fully support PM Imran Khan.