Pro-poor policies reflect PTI’s priorities: Firdous

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Says CM will monitor implementation of public welfare policies of all departments


Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is fully cognizant of the problems of the common man and striving hard to ensure the welfare of the citizens, adding that concerted efforts are being made to resolve the issues of the public in an effective manner.

She said this while talking to the media during her visit to Fountain House here on Wednesday.

Dr Firdous said that she visited Fountain House on behalf of the PM Imran Khan and all the PTI leadership to congratulate and wish the people of Fountain House on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Fitr.

She said the government is committed to supporting the downtrodden and marginalized segments of society.

The SACM commended the efforts of the Fountain House administration for providing the best facilities to the people residing there.

She said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Usman Bazdar, all the public welfare institutions across the province are burning the midnight oil to uplift the lives of poor and downtrodden segments of the society and are engaged in healing their wounds.

Dr Firdous said the government has set up shelter homes in Lahore at the cost of Rs375 million.

She said that programs like Shelter Homes, Langer Khaney and Koi Bhooka Na Soey are proof of the pro-poor policies of the government.

She said that Imran Khan aims to build a welfare state, based on the model of the state of Madina, where the poor section of the society will be uplifted.

On the one hand, the government agencies are doing their job whereas, on the other hand, non-governmental organizations are also supporting the government on public welfare projects.

The public, private and civil society partnership for pro-poor initiatives is gaining ground, she said.

Dr Firdous said mentally retarded people need proper care and attention and people in civilized societies love, respect and care for their parents and elders but the increasing number of people to institutions like Fountain House reflects the decline in our society.

She said that aggressive attitudes, violent behaviors and lack of tolerance are the reasons people leave their loved ones to such institutions.

We need to teach and train our coming generations to love, respect and care for their elders.

She said the employment scheme being introduced by Bait-ul-Mal will also include people recovering from Fountain House.

Responding to a question, Dr Firdous said the doors of Fountain House are open for those who are challenging the law. The PML-N held the law hostage for years and still considers it as its slave.

Protecting the interests of the people and not the individuals is the top priority of the government, she said.

No one is above the law and the government is moving forward with the mission to hold the supremacy of the law.

The SACM said that the decision to open Hudabia Paper Mill case has been made after consultation with the legal team.

She questioned that if the PML-N has done nothing wrong then why it is scared? The fear of PML-N shows that there is something fishy. Dr Firdous said it is duty of the administration to implement the policy.

If a policy meant for public welfare is not practically implemented then there is no point in making it.

She said the CM has decided to monitor the implementation of public welfare policies of every department.

If any administrative officer or other person creates any kind of obstacle in the public welfare agenda then he will be dealt with an iron hand, she warned.

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