PM assures maximum assistance to the poor segments of the society
PM vows to end malpractices of corruption, money laundering
Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured to fully support and provide social protection to the poor segments of the society.
He was addressing a ceremony in connection with the second phase of Ehsaas Kafalat Program at Kallar Syedan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister said the scope of Ehsaas Program will be further expanded to meet the basic necessities of the deserving families.
Imran Khan said that seven million families will benefit from the second phase of Ehsaas Kafalat program. He said the disbursements will be made in the most transparent manner without any favoritism or political basis.
The Prime Minister said the poor families will also be provided with health insurance cards under which they will be able to get medical treatment worth seven hundred and fifty thousand rupees per annum. Apart from the cash assistance, the Prime Minister said the poor families will also be provided with assistance so that they could start their own businesses.
The Prime Minister said the students of deserving families are also being provided with scholarships including at the level of under graduates so that they could also excel in their life.
Imran Khan said another program has also been started with the cooperation of an NGO to help the poor families build their own houses. He said Naya Pakistan Housing program will also provide shelter to the shelterless people.
Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar briefed the Prime Minister about Ehsaas Kafalat Program. She said seven million deserving families will become part of it by June this year. Under this program, cash assistance of twelve thousand rupees will be given to each deserving family for six months.
Sania Nishtar said that non deserving families have been removed from the Ehsaas program.
Narrating their stories of pain and agony, the beneficiaries of Ehsaas Kafalat Program thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for extending assistance to the poor families.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that malpractices in the Senate elections is negation of democracy.
Talking to the media person at Kallar Syedan Tehsil of Rawalpindi today (Wednesday), he regretted that the selling and purchasing of votes in the polls of upper house is continuing over the last three decades. He said the political parties which remained in power during this period did not make any attempt to stop these corrupt practices as this money also goes to the top leadership. He disclosed that several offers were also made to him in the past for the Senate seat.
The Prime Minister said at present a rate of five to seven million rupees is being offered in Balochistan to secure a Senate seat. He wondered how these representatives that make their way to the house through illegal means can serve the people.
Imran Khan recalled that it was he who expelled his twenty MPAs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for their involvement in the horse trading in the previous Senate elections. He pointed out that both the PML (N) and the PPP had made a commitment in the Charter of Democracy to hold the Senate elections through an open ballot. He questioned as to why they are backtracking from their commitment.
Responding to a question, the Prime Minister said the country’s exports have started witnessing growth. He said increase in exports will help strengthen the rupee and check the price hike.
When asked about the recent test series win of Pakistan against South Africa, Imran Khan said congratulated the team. He said the country’s domestic cricket structure has been fixed and expressed the confidence that Pakistan will soon start beating world top teams.