Pledging Youth empowerment, PM inaugurates new welfare projects

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated new projects for the welfare of the youth under the auspices of Kamyab Jawan National Youth Development Programme in Islamabad on Wednesday evening.

The projects include Kamyab Jawan Markaz, Kamyab Jawan Green Youth Movement, Kamyab Jawan Innovation League and Kamyab Jawan Talent Hunt Youth Sports League.

Addressing the Kamyab Jawan Convention, he said the government is providing interest free loans to over four million families to start new businesses, focusing on skill development, and interest free loans for construction of houses.

The Prime Minister urged the youth to distinguish between good and bad by improving moral standards.

He stressed the need for character building of the coming generations as per teachings of the Holy Prophet Khatim-un-Nabiyeen Sallallaho-Alaihe Wa Aalehi Wasallam.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin said youth is the asset of a country. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan is committed for economic uplift of the youth.

The Adviser said developed countries like China and Japan invested in the health and education of their people and reaped its fruit later.

He said government will provide loans to young people to promote entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar in his remarks said government will introduce a portal to make job opportunities accessible to the youth. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday gave in-principal approval to the merger of Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) into National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The decision was taken at the 14th meeting of the ERRA Council chaired by the prime minister and attended by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, National Assembly members Saleh Muhammad, Abdullah Khan and Chairman ERRA Lt Gen Akhtar Nawaz.

The prime minister issued directives to hand over 2,200 completed projects of ERRA to the concerned provincial governments and departments, and for early completion of 230 under-progress projects by the year’s end.

He stressed considering proper guidelines of construction in areas on geological fault lines to sustain earthquakes.

He also urged promotion of tourism in areas particularly northern areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The meeting was briefed on the progress on New Balakot City and the handing over of unfinished projects to the provincial governments under ERRA.

The prime minister directed to expedite the progress on New Balakot City as well as on the semi-completed projects.

In the last 10 months, no case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV1) was reported in Pakistan compared with 84 in the year 2020, the meeting of the National Task Force for Polio Eradication informed.

Likewise, the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted that Pakistan had achieved tremendous success against polio.

The Task Force meeting was attended by Special Assistant to PM Dr. Faisal Sultan, Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister KP Mehmood Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Khalid Khurshid, Minister for Health Balochistan Said Ehsan Shah, Prime Minister Azad Jammu & Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi, Engineer-in-Chief Pakistan Army Lt. Gen. Moazzam Ejaz, all chief secretaries, senior representatives of WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Gavi, Rotary International, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and government officials.

The prime minister lauded the efforts of provincial health departments and district administration in taking effective measures against polio.

He thanked the international partners including WHO, UNICEF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International, Gavi for their financial and technical support for polio Eradication campaigns in Pakistan.

The prime minister emphasized that the low-transmission winter season was the critical time for immunization of children and that “we all should fight against the virus with killer instincts.

The prime minister said that the international community should come forward to help Afghanistan in the fight against polio and to avert any kind of humanitarian crisis.

He directed that other immunization programs should also be synchronized with polio campaigns in order to achieve maximum coverage and effective results.

The Polio Eradication Task Force was apprised that PC-I amounting to $798.6 million for years 2022-26, including foreign funding and the government of Pakistan’s share has been finalized and is ready for approval. Moreover, National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) 2022-23 is also ready for approval.

It was informed that the main source of the Wild Poliovirus was Afghanistan that ended up in Pakistan due to the migration of refugees.

It was apprised that Pakistan will qualify for WHO’s “Polio Free” certificate after completion of 36 months of zero incidences.

The representatives of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu & Kashmir governments apprised the Task Force about the updated status of Polio Eradication measures. The Engineer-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army apprised the Task Force regarding security protection provided to the polio immunization teams working in the field.

The representatives of international partner organizations thanked the prime minister for leading the Polio Eradication campaign and providing full support. They expressed full confidence in the government of Pakistan and committed to working in partnership for this global cause.

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