Prime Minister Launches Naya Pakistan Card Initiative
PESHAWAR: According to the news sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday formally launched the Naya Pakistan Card initiative.
Prime Minister Imran Khan formally launched the Naya Pakistan Card initiative, bringing mega welfare programmes of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government covering health, education, food, and agriculture sectors under one platform.
With the launch of the Naya, Pakistan Card beneficiaries of various initiatives can avail of all services on the same card. Naya Pakistan Card covers Ehsaas Ration Programme based on a food subsidy package for low-income families, Kisan Card, Sehat Card and scholarships for students.
While addressing the ceremony which was held at the Governor House, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the Kamyab Pakistan scheme was also in the pipeline under which two million eligible families would receive Rs400,000 interest-free loans for self-employment, free technical education to one member of each registered family, Rs2.7 million loan for house construction and free health insurance.
He added that the proposed Kamyab Pakistan program to be launched in the KP province would be extended to other provinces later. Besides, the government was presenting 6.3m scholarships to students to encourage them to pursue higher education as Rs47bn had been allocated in this regard, PM said. He also added that to ensure the award of scholarships on merit, a special cell was being set up at the PM secretariat to collect students’ data.
Mr Khan said that the PTI got a two-thirds majority during the previous elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to development projects and improvements in different sectors. A UNDP report had also acknowledged a decrease in poverty in KP during 2013-18 due to the provincial government initiatives, he added.
On the occasion of the Naya Pakistan Card launch, Prime Minister Khan also distributed cheques among prayer leaders of Jamia mosques under a KP government initiative, among less privileged women under the Kifalat programme, and scholarships among students under the Ehsaas education programme.