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PM Imran expands the meals-on-wheels kitchens network to another three cities


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed the resolve to expand the network of meals-on-wheels kitchens under ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ (EKBNS) programme to the entire country in a gradual manner.
Virtually addressing the inaugural ceremony of expansion of ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ (EKBNS) programme in Peshawar, Lahore and Faisalabad on Sunday, the Prime Minister said that it is responsibility of the state to take care of its weaker segments of society and this programme will benefit the poor and the most deserving people across Pakistan.
“We can only emerge among the comity of developed nations if we take steps for the welfare of the underprivileged,” the Prime Minister stated. He reiterated that it is the responsibility of the state to uplift the underprivileged and deserving segments of the society.
He said that provision of free food to the poor is a great service to humanity, which will shower Almighty Allah’s blessings on Pakistan. Imran Khan also thanked Saylani Welfare Trust for contributing in this noble cause of free food service. He appreciated the chief ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab for their efforts in inaugurating this service in their provinces.
The Prime Minister said that his government has launched multiple programmes for the first time in the history of Pakistan, which include establishment of shelter homes and free meals for the welfare of poor people. He said, “We are committed to providing universal health coverage in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad, where our party is in power through health cards to every citizen under which the holder can get medical treatment up to one million rupees from any hospital.”
He said, “Now we are focusing on establishing a network of hospitals across Pakistan to provide quality health services to the people.”
Imran Khan congratulated happy Ramazan in advance and urged people to donate their Zakat to this programme to help the needy.
The Prime Minister addressed the inaugural ceremony virtually in view of the third wave of Covid-19. The chief ministers and parliamentarians of KP and Punjab were a part of the conference.
The food trucks inaugurated under the programme will provide free food to 1,500 to 2,000 people every day through the designated points. The programme will benefit the daily-wage earners and lower class workers who don’t yet have access to Ehsas shelters and charities.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the service on March 10 for the daily-wage earners of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. So far, 37,827 people have been provided food, with the service now being extended to three more cities.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the authorities concerned to reopen 155,000 public complaints lodged on Pakistan Citizen Portal (PCP).
According to the Prime Minister Office, Imran Khan on Sunday instructed that complaints of dissatisfied citizens during the period of July to December last year should be reopened. The Prime Minister said that resolving public issues is top priority of the government and any negligence for redressal of grievances will not be tolerated.
For review of complaints, contact of the concerned citizen and opinion of the competent officer have been made mandatory. In the first phase, complaints related to property disputes, law and order and human rights will be reopened.
Earlier on Tuesday last, Prime Minister Khan included an exclusive category in Pakistan Citizen Portal (PCP), being run under his direct supervision, to receive and pursue complaints on land grabbing.
The Prime Minister Office announced that the federal government, apart from making efforts to improve public service delivery, is determined to curb land grabbing in the country. About land grabbing, the Prime Minister has ordered initiation of strict actions as per law at various tiers of the administrations both at the federal and provincial levels.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has invited Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to work together against the dangers of climate change.
The Prime Minister in a letter to Bill Gates, dated April 6, praised the latter’s book, ‘Avoiding a Climate Disaster’, for providing policy-oriented analyses on the critical issue of climate change challenges confronting the global community.
He also informed Bill Gates about the climate challenges being faced by Pakistan, saying the country is on the front lines of the climate challenge, and is amongst the top countries “continuously impacted” by climate change over the past two decades.
The Prime Minister, however, pointed out that Pakistan, at the same time, is a very low contributor to the issue, adding less than one percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, the Prime Minister said that being a developing country, Pakistan is seeking to achieve climate sensitive economic growth that can only be possible through international cooperation and partnership.
The PM further briefed the US billionaire about the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government’s pledge to offer climate solutions to the world, focusing on “nature-based solutions” towards a climate compatible trajectory of growth. He also wrote about how the growing climate impacts are forcing the world to adapt and invest towards establishing early warning systems, fast deployment of climate smart agriculture as well as enhancing the depleting and increasingly unpredictable freshwater resources.
He urged the Microsoft co-founder to lend his assistance and resources to help Pakistan in matters related to global climate change. “Given your high interest in Climate Change, results-oriented dialogue and collaboration between our team of experts can mutually assist to advance our shared vision. This could include developing partnership towards access and deployment of the best available technologies for clean energy and electric vehicles as well as cooperating towards climate resilient agriculture,” PM Imran wrote.
The Prime Minister concluded his letter by reaffirming Bill Gates’ idea that the challenge of climate change is one that requires wide-scaled collaboration, trusted cooperation and a shared green vision for development across countries.
Earlier a couple of weeks ag0, Prime Minister Khan in a letter penned to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and shared on Twitter, expressed his happiness over the Saudi initiatives “aimed at protecting nature and the planet” and offered Pakistan’s help in this regard.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government is taking bold steps to ensure rule of law in the country.
Talking to Principal Jamia Rahimia Karachi, Mufti Rahim, on Sunday, the Prime Minister said that only an equal law system for all citizens and a punishment and retribution system in all offices can improve the system.
The Prime Minister said that ensuring writ of the government and elimination of the system that facilitates the corrupt elements are on the top priorities of the government
The meeting discussed the vision of Riasat-e-Madina of the Prime Minister during the meeting. They also discussed increasing foreign investment due to business-friendly policies of the government.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Leader of opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh and others also present in the meeting. – TLTP