Aware of inflation, nation will have to pass through difficulties for some time: PM
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that healthcare is the top priority of the government.
Addressing a ceremony after performing groundbreaking of Mother and Child Hospital in Rawalpindi on Friday, he said that the government would establish the hospitals where the need be.
The prime minister said that the was aware of the inflation, but the nation will have to pass through difficult time for some time. “There were loans of Rs1,300 billion when the PTI assumed the power,” he said.
He said that loans would continue to increase if the prices were not increased.
“The government knows about the price-hike. We want to see each labourer having a roof and meal,” he declared.
PM Imran Khan said that the government would give houses to the people having no money. “We will give loans to the youth. We will help the poor families. We will give buffaloes, goats and hens in villages,” he said.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said Sehat Insaf Card scheme will soon be introduced in Rawalpindi. He said 157 billion rupees have been provided for 473 development projects in Rawalpindi Division.
The Chief Minister said Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology will be upgraded to center of excellence for heart related diseases along with a facilitation center for rehabilitation of patients suffering from paralysis.
The Chief Minister announced that ring road will be constructed at a cost of 50 billion rupees and signal free expressway will be completed with 70 billion rupees.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Mother and Child Hospital will have 11 operation theaters to facilitate the people of Rawalpindi. He said he has established 60 educational institutions for women and now Lai Express will be completed with a total length of 21 kilometers.
Government started 36 public welfare, development projects: PM
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the need to effectively highlight the important projects started by the government for public welfare in order to ensure participation of people.
Chairing a meeting on Thursday, the prime minster overviewed the steps taken by different public sector departments in connection with corporate social responsibility.
Imran Khan said that government started thirty six projects relating to public welfare and economic development in a brief period of eight months as part of implementing its manifesto.
The premier said a comprehensive and detailed program for poverty alleviation titled ‘Ehsaas’ was started for the first time in the history of the country.
This program will not only help in fulfilling the obligations of state with respect to provision of health, education and employment facilities, but also ensure the organized and integrated use of government resources for public welfare.
Imran Khan said the leading public welfare projects include highlighting tourism potential of the country at national and international level, system of local government to truly empower the people.
The Prime Minister said provision of shelter homes across the country is testament to the fact that government realizes its responsibility for the welfare and betterment of weak and poor segments of the society.
Heads of various public sector companies briefed the Prime Minister of the steps relating to corporate social responsibility and others important projects and initiatives.
President Zarai Taraqiati Bank informed the Prime Minister that the bank has started a project called E-Credit to disburse interest free loans among especially small farmers. Loans worth eleven billion rupees have been distributed among farmers in Punjab so far.
He said the project has also been started in Azad Kashmir in cooperation with AJK government while talks continue with provincial governments of Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to start the program in those provinces.