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Efforts to provide basic facilities to people are on: PM


PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government’s focus is to ensure provision of basic facilities to people.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of a new block at Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar on Wednesday, the prime minister said the primary responsibility of a government is to serve people.
The prime minister said the government’s health card scheme is a major step toward ensuring provision of health insurance to people across the country. He said the initiative will lead to establishment of a health system with the involvement of the private sector that will construct new hospitals.
The prime minister said that it will also bring pressure on the government hospitals to improve performance. He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the first province to have provided universal health insurance to people. He said Punjab is also following it and will ensure universal health coverage by the end of this year.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the ground breaking of the Jalozai Housing Scheme for low-income groups in Nowshera.
A total of 1,320 apartments will be constructed in eighteen months under this project. The apartments will be distributed through balloting among people having income up to Rs40,000 per month.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Naya Pakistan Housing Programme has been launched across the country so that the under privileged segments of the society including labourers and workers could also own their houses.
The prime minister said, “We are constructing houses and flats on the government land to provide low-cost units to the people. For this scheme, we have registered the people and are providing a subsidy of Rs300,000 on each housing unit.” He said that separately, the banks are providing loans on easy instalments so that the people could build their own houses.
Imran Khan said compassion for the poor as well as rule of law was the basic philosophy of the State of Madina, the foundation of which was laid by our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
He said, “Our aim is to provide protection to the poor segments of the society.” He pointed out that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the first province which has provided health cards to each household, under which they can get medical treatment worth Rs1 million annually. He said this will trigger a revolution in the health sector and encourage the private sector to establish hospitals and health care facilities.
The Prime Minister also expressed the commitment to further widen the network of Panagahs and that of Koi Bhooka Na Soi Scheme.
Imran Khan said that there are mafias in every sector including in the sugar which increased the prices of the commodity to pocket more money. He said, “Our struggle is to bring the powerful people under the ambit of law.”
Later, the PM inaugurated projects for the restoration of Peshawar-Darra Adamkhel Road and rehabilitation and expansion of Chitral-Booni-Mastuj-Shindou Road.
On the occasion, the premier said that a prosperous state easily finds the capacity and financial resources for the restoration of its road networks.
“Our northern areas can become the centre-point for tourism and connectivity,” he said and added that the revival of the areas will bring a tourism revolution in the country.
“If we can build resorts here, we can attract the tourists to invest and so, benefit the exchequer. These steps will usher the areas into an era of prosperity.”
The prime minister also stressed the need to introduce by-laws for foreigners in specific areas to protect them, and called for safeguarding the trees.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that new varieties of fruit and crops will be introduced in the country to provide relief to farmers.
Receiving a briefing on the olive plantation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the Governor’s House on Wednesday, the prime minister said that under the new agriculture policy, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be divided into various zones for this purpose.
The prime minister was apprised that olive cultivation will not only eliminate import of olives but also enable it to be exported after meeting the domestic consumption.
Besides, a comprehensive plan for saffron cultivation was presented to the prime minister, which will benefit local farmers across the province. The prime minister was also updated about the ‘Fruit for All’ project under which fruit trees will be planted along the highways.
Among others, the governor and chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday. During the meeting, they discussed the political situation of the country and development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Paraplegic Centre Hayatabad where he was briefed that patients from across Pakistan are treated under Comprehensive Physical Rehabilitation Programme in this hospital.
He was informed that all equipment for the rehabilitation of physically impaired people is indigenously prepared at the facility. It was told that the new building of the Centre will be handed over to the administration of the hospital enhancing its capacity from 100 to 150 beds. During the visit, Imran Khan also visited various departments of the Centre and interacted with the patients.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan greatly values its relationship with Tunisia which is anchored in common faith, history and culture.
The prime minister said this while talking to Tunisian Ambassador to Pakistan Borhene El Kamel who called on him.
During the meeting, the Tunisian ambassador handed over a letter from President of Tunisia Khais Saied in response to the Prime Minister’s letter which he had addressed to the leaders of Muslim Ummah highlighting the scourge of Islamophobia and the need for Muslim world to take it up in unison with the rest of the world.
The Prime Minister’s letter sent to all the Muslim leaders had highlighted the need for urgent efforts to confront campaigns targeting Muslims and that Muslim Ummah should further strengthen channels of dialogue and coexistence between different religions.
During the meeting, the matters relating to bilateral relations between Pakistan and Tunisia and the international issues were discussed. – TLTP