Govt to ease quake victims’ woes: PM Imran

Govt offers 50,000 scholarships annually to deserving students

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that poor friendly Ehsaas programme will bring a remarkable change in various areas of society, as lack of education and employment opportunities pushes youth towards crime. He said that the programme will help the youth overcome obstacles in the way to progress and development.
Addressing the ceremony of launch of the largest ever needs-based Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Program here on Monday, he expressed hope that the scholarship to deserving and talented students will give them an opportunity to excel in life. He said fifty thousand scholarships each year to undergraduates is a big step towards higher education.
It is the largest ever scholarship program in the history of Pakistan. Over 200,000 students will benefit from this need-based undergraduate scholarships program in four years. Imran Khan said allocating quota for physically challenged persons and females is an indication that government believes in inclusive policies for the development of the country. He said women are the builders of the family and nation and this scholarship will help them bring to mainstream.
The Prime Minister said he founded the NAMAL University in Mianwali for technical education to equip the youth of the area with skills in demand so that they could get jobs and change the economic situation of their families. He said students from poor households were awarded scholarships to enable them to get education despite having poor socio-economic background.
Prime Minister said start of Ehsaas program is derived from the concept of State of Madina. Under this concept, state is taking responsibility of all the vulnerable segments of society. He said the Health Insaaf cards, langar khanas and other initiatives will make the dream of State of Madina true.
He regretted that a colonial-era educational system was functioning in the country and criticised the multiple education systems which exist in Pakistan. “Three parallel systems — English medium, Urdu medium and religious seminaries — were being run in the society which was a big injustice and no one tried to fix it or talk about it,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the federal government has mobilized all the resources to mitigate the suffering of the quake affected people of Azad Kashmir in terms of immediate relief and rehabilitation. He was talking to a delegation of Kashmir Orphans Relief Trust here on Monday. Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Khan Gandapur and other senior officials were also present during the meeting.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Kashmir Orphans Relief Trust for the quake victims saying its rehabilitation efforts are worth emulating. The delegation apprised the Prime Minister of the relief and rehabilitation work being undertaken by the organization for the residents of AJK in the aftermath of recent earthquake.
The members informed the Prime Minister that they were facilitating the people affected by the earthquake, particularly those families whose houses were completely destroyed, in rebuilding through the organization’s resources. The delegation further informed the Prime Minister that the organization had planned to build approximately 100 houses at their original site in future.
Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the efforts of the Kashmir Orphans Relief Trust and said that the federal government had mobilized all the resources to mitigate the suffering of the people of AJ K, in terms of immediate relief and rehabilitation. He said that rehabilitation efforts undertaken by KORT were worth emulating. The delegation included Ch. Akhtar, Asim Shaukat, Imtiaz Butt and Muhammad Shakeel.

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