Tariq Saeed Peshawar
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the PTI Government was determined to provide maximum relief to the masses and was striving to achieve this goal though like rest of the world inflation has badly affected Pakistan.
“We are working hard to transform Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state as per our manifesto. This is for the first time a government is planning for the long term”.
Imran said this while speaking in the provincial metropolis Peshawar where he inaugurated three projects including Micro Health Insurance Program to offer health cover, loans, and ration at discounted price to people in the country.
The Prime Minister said his government was going to offer universal health cover for the entire population, beginning with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province adding health insurance was first launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, then he asked Punjab to follow the example, and now it will be followed in Balochistan as well.
The prime minister said though the prices of petroleum products are increasing in the international market, Pakistan was selling the PoL products at cheaper rates as compared to the other countries of the world.
He said in order to provide relief to the people facing inflation that has taken over the world; the incumbent government has launched Ehsaas Ration Program.
Imran said three months ago the government planned about Ehsaas ration program for which it set aside Rs120 billion adding under the Ehsaas ration program half of the families in the country (around 130 million people) will be benefitted.
He said flour, ghee and pulses will be provided at subsidized rates and people having monthly income less than 50,000 can enroll themselves in it.
He also highlighted the Kamyaab Jawaan program under which more than 2 million low-paid families will be provided with interest-free loans.
“Like wise every family will get a health card with up to Rs1 million usage limit and 7.5 million families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will benefit from the program.
The health insurance in Punjab will begin from January 2022. Not even developed countries offered universal health cover. In the developed world you need to pay to get an insurance,” he said.
Premier Khan said Pakistan imports oil and gas and several food items including ghee from other countries yet still Pakistan is the least expensive country in the world.
He said the discount would be offered through retail stores that also need to register with the Ehsaas ration programme.
He said under the Kamyaab Pakistan project two million families will get business and house loans. The prime minister also announced to reform the scholarship programme in the country.