PM: Govt to develop backward areas Says focus is on provision of health, education


Our Correspondent


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that those who got their medical checkups in London cannot understand the difficulties faced by the people living in poor areas like Mianwali.
He said this while addressing a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of different projects in Isa Khel and launch work of a Knowledge City at Namal Institute.
“How will those people whose children live in London and they get their medical checkups there will understand the problems of people living in Mianwali,” he said.
While indirectly referring to PML-N’s focus on Lahore and a few other cities, the prime minister said the countries don’t prosper if all the money is spent on one or two cities. “We need to take everyone together.”
“I understand the issues of the common man here that is why we have launched a Rs3 billion scheme that will provide water to almost all the union councils in the area,” he said.
Imran said that most of the applications he used to get from the people were about water scarcity and registration of FIRs. “These are the basic necessities of people that should be fulfilled.” The prime minister said that he appointed Chief Minister Usman Buzdar because he has a better idea of the problems of the locals.
He said the government was focusing on the provision of basic civic amenities of life to the people of these areas including health and education infrastructure. He said a new system has been evolved to ensure the presence of doctors in the hospitals of
The premier said the government is keen to transform the police into such a dynamic force that protects the weak segments of society. Imran emphasised the need of knowledge economy terming it imperative to put the country on the path of progress and development.
The prime minister also launched work on the first phase of the Knowledge City to be established at the Namal University. The first phase will complete by year 2023 to accommodate 800 students and 50 faculty members.
The knowledge city will include academic blocks, libraries, technology parks, business centers, dairy farms, primary and secondary schools, sports facilities, a hospital, shopping centers, hotels, and housing colony for staff, faculty and students.
He also kicked off anti-polio campaign by administering polio vaccine. He also planted a sapling there. Imran Khan performed ground-breaking of a clean drinking water supply scheme for the area, particularly Khattak Belt.
In this 3.2 billion rupees project, eighty percent funds will be provided by the federal government while twenty percent will be given by Punjab Government.
The project will ensure supply of 3.4 million gallons of water per day to two hundred and fifty thousand populations. After completion, water could be stored there for three months use in dry weather.
The Prime Minister was also briefed on progress on 19 billion rupees development package of Mianwali. The package includes rehabilitation of roads, restoration of 46 water supply schemes, reconstruction of Tehsil Hospital Piplan and Tehsil Hospital Kalabagh and provision of facilities, 200-bed Mother and Child hospital, addition of four hundred classrooms in schools, reconstruction of seventy-seven schools, and Mianwali University.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister directed for paying special attention on provision of education facilities to girls and women.
The premier directed the Inspector General of Police Punjab Inam Ghani to ensure that the common man is treated fairly at police stations, adding that the government vows to transform the police into “such a dynamic force” that protects the weaker segments of society.

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