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Saturday Aug 17 2019

Govt's vision based upon improving lives of downtrodden: PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan standing in respect of the national anthem during the launching ceremony of the Sehat Insaf Card for special persons.—APP photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said his government's vision was based upon the basic humanitarian principles of lifting the conditions of the downtrodden and weaker segments of society.

Addressing the launching ceremony of Sehat Sahulat programme for the disabled, he said human society had roots in compassion and consideration for the downtrodden. He said improving the conditions of deprived segments of society was the responsibility of the state.

He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government's vision was focused on improving the conditions of weaker people of the society or those unfortunate who had been suffering from various issues.

The prime minister said they wanted to introduce a centralised and data-based programme in Pakistan in collaboration with all institutions involved in financial support of the poor and deprived classes, and cited the launch of the Sehat Sahulat Card and the Ehsas programme aimed at improving the economic conditions of the poor.

He said every nation had a vision and Pakistan was the only country to have been created in the name of Islam but unfortunately "we have gone far from our goal for which this country was created".

The vision for Pakistan's creation was to make it an Islamic welfare state on the principles of the state of Madina, he added.

He said the Madina was a modern state as its foundation was laid on the basis of humanity and justice.

"Our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is a role model for us and if we follow his Sunnah and teachings we will be successful."

Muslims ruled the world for a thousand years following the principles of the state of Madina, he added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan distributing Sehat Insaf Card among special persons.—APP photo

The prime minister said the launch of the Sehat Sahulat Programme for the disabled was a step towards formation of a welfare state.

Appreciating the performances of Dr Zafar Mirza and Dr Sania Nishtar in their respective fields, PM Imran Khan said it had been decided that from now onward every ministry would present a report about their work or performance before commencement of the cabinet meeting every week which could improve life of the common man and provide facilities to them.

Earlier, the prime minister distributed Sehat Sahulat cards among a number of disabled persons.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr Zafar Mirza said serving the vulnerable and humanity was motto of the government and launch of the Sehat Sahulat Programme on the occasion of completion of one year of the government was a great honour.

He said bringing changes in health system and making it easy for the common man was their mission.

Despite all financial constraints, the government had allocated Rs 200 billion in the budget for social safety and poverty alleviation programme, which spoke volumes about its commitment for the health sector, he added.

He said the government's mission was provision of universal health coverage and it was that vision which gave the idea of launch of Sehat Sahulat Programme for the disabled.

Dr Zafar Mirza said the Sehat Insaf Sahulat Card would be available for all the disabled persons from today.

Some 200,000 people had already been registered as disabled in database of National Database Registration Authority and the card would be available to all the disabled persons after registration, he added.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said two percent quota had been allocated for the disabled persons in government jobs, one percent in government accommodations and two percent in the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme.

She said the strategy document of Ehsas Programme would be put on the website.

She said the prime minister had approved five priorities under the Ehsas Programme, under which some 40 million people would be provided social protection in next four years.

She said 3.8 million people would be provided job opportunities while 10 million would be issued Insaf Cards.

Similarly, 500,000 students would be given scholarships while six million women would be given stipends under the 'Kifalat Programme', she added.

Dr Sania Nishtar said a policy was being formulated for orphanage centers and a framework was being devised for engagement of social institutions in the private sector. The expert group had finished its work for protection of the people working in informal sector and its details would be issued very soon, she added. She said a one-window operation for growth of children would be launched by December next.