Provide health facilities to tribal people: Imran

Premier to launch Ehsaas Qarz-e-Hasna, Asset Transfer Scheme next month

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ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Uzbekistan’s deputy prime minister Elyor Ganiev met here Monday and discussed matters of bilateral and regional importance. The two sides underscored the need for greater communication network to realize trade potential between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, in a meeting held at the PM Office.

Prime Minister Iman Khan Monday directed for providing health facilities to the people of former tribal areas on their computerized national identity cards (CNICs) until they receive their Sehat Insaf Cards. He was chairing a high-level meeting at the Prime Minister House to review development work and health facilities to the people of erstwhile FATA.

Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the Ehsaas Qarz-i-Hasna Scheme and the Asset Transfer Scheme next month under the umbrella of Ehsaas Programme. Under the Ehsaas Qarz-i-Hasna Scheme, over 80,000 loans would be disbursed each month among youth and women enabling them to undertake their own business ventures and help their families extricate from poverty trap.

These loans would be prioritized in the lagging and underdeveloped districts. Appreciating the efficacy of the existing programme, the prime minister approved injection of an additional amount of five billion rupees to the existing fund so that the programme is launched in collaboration with the existing partners of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.

The decision was taken during a briefing by Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Safety Nets and Poverty Alleviation (PASS), on the status of implementation of the Ehsaas programme. Ehsaas is a comprehensive and multifaceted program with 115 policies under four pillars. These include addressing elite capture and making the government system work to create equality; safety nets for disadvantaged segments of the population; jobs and livelihoods; and human capital development.

Ehsaas is an inter-sectoral programme to be implemented by 26 federal agencies, four provinces and special areas. Dr Sania briefed the prime minister about the timelines to implement those Ehsaas projects and policies for which the Division of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety and its attached departments had responsibility.

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