Govt’s Affordable Housing Projects to Benefit Weaker Segments: PM

PM reaffirms resolve to uplift in tourism, forestry & agriculture sectors

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NOWSHERA- Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday terming provision of shelter to the common man as a basic responsibility of the State said the government’s low-cost housing projects would benefit the weaker segment of society.

Addressing here at the foundation-stone laying ceremony of Jalozai Apartments for low-income groups, the prime minister said the project aimed at providing shelter to the underprivileged segment of society, particularly the working class and laborers.

Imran Khan said the government would provide Rs 300,000 subsidy on each house while the buyer would pay easy mortgage instalments to get the ownership rights.

He said with the government’s efforts, a long-delayed foreclosure law was settled that resulted in an agreement with banks on mortgage financing, which was the key factor in the materialization of the project.

The prime minister urged the banks to further streamline their loan disbursement procedure including training of the staff to facilitate the aspirants.

He mentioned that the Jalozai Apartments to be built on 9,800 Kanal would be given to the registered persons through the ballot.

Imran Khan said caring for the poor and ensuring rule of law was in line with Islam’s first welfare State of Medina where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) brought a revolution for mankind.

He said no nation could prosper if it neglected its weaker segments and failed to ensure rule of law.

The rule of law, he said, was the main component of a strong society. On the other hand, a banana republic protected its powerful people only, he added.

The prime minister mentioned that the powerful elite in the country desired preferential treatment, may it the alliance of PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) or the sugar mafia and wanted to evade the rule of law.

“The nation does not become poor due to lack of resources, but where the rule of law could not be ensured,” he said.

Imran Khan regretted that no government in the past gave attention to providing basic amenities to the common man including shelter.

He said his government had enrolled people for low-cost housing units after conducting a proper survey.

The prime minister lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan for replicating the low-cost housing scheme earlier been launched by the federal government.

He said Khyber Pukhtunkhwa became the first province of the country for providing a health insurance facility of Rs one million to every citizen.

Imran Khan said the government would provide land to hospitals at cheaper rates to encourage them to expand the scope of medical treatment to a larger population.

He mentioned that shelter homes (Panahgahs) and mobile soup kitchens titled under project ‘Koi Bhooka na soye’ (Let no one sleep empty-stomach) were in line with the vision of the welfare State of Medina.

He asked the Chief Minister for demarcating the areas populated with labourers and workers for setting up such free shelter and food points.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said the provincial government was making efforts for the uplift of the common man by carrying out development projects in relevant areas.

Earlier, the prime minister laid the foundation stone of Jalozai Apartments and also planted a sapling in the premises under the Clean and Green Project.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed the commitment to bring revolution in tourism, forestry and the agriculture sectors to take forward the country.

He was addressing a ceremony after inaugurating upgradation work of Peshawar-Dara Adamkhel road and laying the foundation stone of Chitral-Shandur road in Peshawar today (Wednesday).

Highlighting the breath-taking beauty of Gilgit Baltistan, the Prime Minister said improved connectivity will make the region center of tourism which will benefit both the locals and the entire country.

The Prime Minister said Swat Expressway has changed Swat and people are now visiting the area even during the winter season.

Imran Khan said he has been approached by overseas Pakistanis who are interested to establish skiing slopes in the northern areas. He was confident that this region will be thronged by the tourists for trekking in the summer season and for skiing in the winter.

The Prime Minister said apart from building tourist resorts, we have to bring in laws for the protection and better management of the tourist areas.

Imran Khan said the government’s massive tree plantation campaign will also help promote tourism and increase the country’s revenues besides addressing the issue of global warming. He said olive plantation revolution is on the horizon.

Imran Khan said new techniques will be employed to enhance the agriculture productivity including that of the wheat.

Meanwhile, addressing inaugural ceremony of a new block at Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar today, Prime Minister said the primary responsibility of a government is to serve people.

He said government is focused to ensure provision of basic facilities to people.

The Prime Minister said the government’s health card scheme is a major step toward ensuring health insurance to people across the country. He said the initiative will lead to establishing a health system with the involvement of private sector that will construct new hospitals. He said it will also bring pressure on the government hospitals to improve performance.

He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the first province that has provided universal health insurance to people. He said Punjab is also following it and it too will ensure universal health coverage by the end of this year.

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