PM launches Sehat Sahulat Program for transgenders

2020 to be year of public welfare, prosperity: PM Imran

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our correspondent
ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday launched the Sehat Insaf Card facility for the transgender community, first in the country’s history, to provide succor to, what he said, the most vulnerable segments of the society.
Addressing as a chief guest at the launching ceremony of Sehat Insaf Card under the Sehat Sahulat programme for the transgender community, the prime minister regretted that the previous governments never took responsibility of the most vulnerable sections of the society, including the transgenders.
The present government, he said, had taken the responsibility of transgender community and would give them ‘a sense of ownership’. Pakistan was created on a great idea based upon sense of justice, humanity and humane feelings for the downtrodden, he added.
Criticizing the past regimes, he said they even did not accept the existence of transgender community. The incumbent government would, however, provide them full protection in the society by removing negative perceptions about them.
The government was determined to provide health cards and insurance to all the weaker segments of the society, he added.
The initiative will cater to the individuals of transgender community registered with the National Database and Registration Authority form the Islamabad Capital Territory, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and all other provinces.
About the economic turnaround, Imran Khan highlighted that the government faced the most difficult economic challenges last year, but the year 2020 would dawn with progress and prosperity for the countrymen.
The government took steps for the economic stability during 2019 and now would focus on jobs creation for the youth along with giving boost to the industry, he said and mentioned the recently introduced NAB (National Accountability Bureau) amendment ordinance as a step in the right direction.
The prime minister also referred to the government’s flagship social security Ehsaas programme for the alleviation of the economic ordeals of the poor families.
He said through the Utility Stores, subsidized foodstuff would be provided to the public, besides issuance of the ration cards was on the anvil to enable the deserving people to get food items. Moreover, the network of ‘Lungar’ would be spread so that no needy person could be left hungry, he said, adding that loan facility was also being extended to the youth.
“In the year 2020, we will now move forward on the path of progress and prosperity,” he added.
The prime minister further observed that with the Sehat Insaf Card, the poor families would have confidence to get treatment facilities in different health facilities of the country.
He recalled how the poor families could not manage treatment of their ailing members due to their meager financial resources.
Imran Khan also appreciated Dr Zafar Mirza for floating the idea for extending such facility to the transgender community, saying they had been facing myriad social problems.
The prime minister also distributed Sehat Insaf cards among the members of the transgender community.
Earlier presiding over the media strategy meeting, Prime Minister said that 2020 will be the year of public welfare, development, poverty alleviation and prosperity.
PM Imran said that bringing improvement in the life of common man will be the focus of his government in the forthcoming year.
He said that well-being of people will be his top priority in next year. The prime minister directed the ministers to keep the Prime Minister’s Office on board about the development projects.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Imran vowed to carry out ruthless accountability of those found involved in loot and plunder. He asked the opposition to focus on the masses instead of making baseless hue and cry.
The meeting evolved a strategy to highlight the government’s measure on media and decided effective advertisement of the five mega public welfare projects.
Meanwhile, Advisor on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to PM for Health Dr. Zafar Mirza and Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Lt. Gen.(Retd.) Anwar Ali Haider called on Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Chairman Federal Board of Revenue Shabbar Zaidi was also present in the meeting. During the meeting, the government’s measures regarding the provision of health facilities and the progress on Naya Pakistan Housing Programme were reviewed.

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