Reward for informers of Benami properties increased: PM

PM launches Rs 42.65 bln interest free loans, skill training scheme for poor

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan has formally inaugurated Road to Makkah project at Islamabad International Airport. The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight PK-3003 carrying around 442 pilgrims was departed from Islamabad Airport. PM Imran Khan and Federal Minister for Civil Aviation Ghulam Sarwar saw off the departing Hajj pilgrims.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PIA Arshad Malik were also present on the occasion. Upon arrival PM Khan was given a detailed briefing about the project, under which, immigration and other formalities of intending pilgrims travelling to the Holy Makkah are being completed at Islamabad airport.
PM Imran on the occasion said that facilitating overseas Pakistanis, investors and tourists on the airports was the top priority of PTI government. Under the Road to Makkah project, at least ten immigration counters have been set up at the airport to provide immigration facilities to Pakistani pilgrims.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also said the reward money for the whistle-blowers, helping the government authorities in detection and confiscation of Benami properties, would be increased from 3 to 10 percent. Addressing the launch of National Poverty Graduation Initiative here, the prime minister said amendments would be made in the existing rules to increase incentives for the whistle-blowers.
He announced that the money recovered from the sale of Benami properties would be diverted to the Ehasaas Programme the initiative of the government aimed at welfare of the poor segments of society. He expressed confidence that the money generated after selling Benami properties would exceed the national budget.
He said the government will introduce new initiatives under the umbrella of the Ehsas Programme every month to pull the people out of poverty. The prime minister distributed cheques of varying amounts of interest-free loans to help the poor set up businesses on a small scale to uplift their living standards. The prime minister regretted previously, people came to power to serve the masses but instead served their interests.
Naya Pakistan will pull the poor out of poverty, said Khan, citing Chinese example of bringing as many as 70o million people out of poverty over a period of 30 years. Explaining the purpose of the initiative, he said it is aimed to transform the mindset of the people and bring them above the poverty line and make them prosperous.m We are giving interest-free loans to 82,000 people today. InshAllah, we will empower the weak segment of society, the premier said.
He said the PTI government is launching various welfare projects with a view to build the country on the pattern of state of Madina. He announced three to ten per cent reward for those individuals who would identify benami properties owned Pakistani citizens. He said the amount recovered from such benami properties will be added to Ehsas programme.
Meanwhile, Iranian Minister for Industry, Mines and Trade Reza Rehmani met with Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday. At the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and progress thus far made towards optimally realising trade potential. The Iranian minister, conveying greetings from the Iranian leadership to PM Khan, said the premier’s visit to Iran provided momentum to efforts aimed at cementing bilateral relations especially trade and economic ties.
He expressed great satisfaction over the progress being made by Pak-Iran Joint Trade Committee in removing obstacles in the way of enhancing mutual trade. The prime minister welcomed the Iranian delegation and observed that geographical proximity and close brotherly ties, rooted in historical, cultural and religious commonalities, offered huge potential to enhance mutual trade and economic cooperation for the benefit of the people of two countries.
He underlined the need for the two countries to take concrete measures for addressing the issue of smuggling and providing the people, especially those residing near the Pak-Iran border, with increased business opportunities. The prime minister also reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening Pakistan-Iran relations in diverse fields including people-to-people exchanges.

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