Effective economic policies yield positive results: PM Imran

PM Khan directs Punjab chief secretary, IGP not to succumb to any pressure

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan says the national economy is gradually picking up and stabilizing as a result of the government’s initiatives. Addressing a signing ceremony of service level agreement between Punjab Lang Record Authority and major private commercial banks for rapid agri loans in Lahore, PM Imran said rupee is gaining and business confidence is improving. He said the stock market is also showing positive signs.

 

The prime minister said that the government’s economic initiatives are aimed at uplifting the downtrodden and reducing disparity between the rich and the poor, Radio Pakistan reported.

Appreciating the scheme of loan provision to small farmers, Imran Khan said 95 percent farmers are in dire need of credit, and this initiative will bring a revolution to their life.

 

He said the agreement will benefit the farmers and the agriculture sector, which will improve the overall economy of the country. The prime minister said the government is spending about 200 billion rupees for the welfare of the poor under Ehsas Programme. He said different schemes and initiatives are being introduced under the umbrella of Ehsas Programme, including interest free loan to the youth and financial assistance to the needy.

 

Prime Minister announced the government’s major plans to tackle the growing threat of smog and pollution in all mega cities of the country especially in Lahore by declaring that for the first time in the country’s history, a government was taking drastic steps to quell health hazard impacts of the silent killer.

 

Addressing a press conference here, the prime minister named pollution caused by transport as one of the major reasons for environmental pollution, saying that the government had decided that till the end of year 2020, Euro 5 fuel would be imported, while the recent fuel would be converted into Euro 4.

 

He expressed the hope that with such steps, 90 per cent pollutants in the air could be reduced.

The prime minister further apprised that the local oil refineries would be given three-year time period to improve and convert their fuel technology on modern lines.

 

Newly appointed Punjab Chief Secretary (CS) Azam Suleiman Khan and Inspector General Police (IGP) Shoaib Dastagir called on PM Imran Khan here on Saturday. IGP Shoaib Dastagir briefed the prime minister about law and order in the province and steps being taken to improve the police system. PM Khan directed him to utilize all the available resources for the protection of life and property of the people. He also tasked him to forward recommendations regarding changing in the police system.

 

The chief secretary apprised PM Imran Khan about the measures for the betterment of administration and good governance in the province. On the occasion, the prime minister directed both the chief secretary Punjab and IGP to work freely and do not succumb to any pressure. Prime Minister Imran Khan is in Lahore, on a day-long visit. According to sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair Parliamentary meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and will take it into confidence over the current political situation of the country.

 

 Changes in the Punjab cabinet will also be discussed in the meeting. In his last visit on October 28, PM Imran Khan had emphasized the early implementation of local government system while directing to complete the plan in this regard on time. Presiding over a high-level meeting on Punjab Municipal Services Program in Lahore, PM Imran had said, the incumbent government has brought a revolution in Pakistan with the establishment of the local government system.

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