Countering mafia in Punjab: PM

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SUKKAR, APRIL 16 (Online): Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has said he is facing mafia in Punjab therefore, he could not spend time in Sindh.

“I will try my best to improve situation of the country. I am countering mafia in Punjab therefore, I could not spend time in Sindh. I could not get opportunity to visit interior Sindh ever since I have become PM, Several areas of Sindh are far behind in the line of development. Interior Sindh is the poorest area of Pakistan. The people living in interior Sindh stand deprived of basic necessities. Sindh villages are going backward instead of moving ahead. I saw abject poverty in Balochistan. Full preparations have been made in connection with Rs 446 billion package”, he said this while addressing a cheque distribution ceremony under Kamyab Jawan program in Sukkur on Friday.
Federal ministers, Usman Dar, Sania Nishtar and Muhammad Mian Soomro were also present on the occasion.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister distributed cheques among deserving people under Kamyab Jawan Programme. Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar briefed the Prime Minister on Emergency Cash programme.
The 446 billion rupees development package envisages construction of Nai Gaj dam, which will help irrigate 28800 acres of land; and 306 kilometre long Sukkur-Hyderabad motorway.
Two hundred thousand acres of land will also be rehabilitated which will create livelihood opportunities for the people.
Under the package, gas supply will be ensured to 160 villages in the deprived districts of province whilst provision of thirty thousand annual electricity connections is also part of it.
Education reforms are also part of Sindh package under which ratio of higher education will be brought to fifty two percent whilst for quality education teacher-student ratio will be brought at 1:20. Fourteen passport offices will also be upgraded.

He announced a mega development package worth 446 billion rupees for socio-economic progress of the backward districts in Sindh.The materialization of the package will begin within a month.
The Prime Minister said the package that includes Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway and of Nai Gaj dam will greatly benefit the people of Sindh.
Imran Khan said the federal government disbursed thirty-three percent of the total funds among deserving families in Sindh under Ehsaas Programme during the pandemic. He said the network of Ehsaas Programme is being extended to twelve million people.
He said the country was facing economic woes when I took over the government. “We paid back foreign loan of Rs 35000 billion. The past government paid back debt of only Rs 20 billion dollars. Had we spent the amount of loan we had paid back on nation then the country would have gone far ahead within two and half years. I will try my best to improve the condition of the country”, he added.

He went on to say we are imparting technical education to the youths. It is our endeavor that youths stand on their own feet. We will strive to extend loan free of interest to the youths. We are taking steps to construct play grounds.

He underlined that the laborers had to face difficulties due to corona virus epidemic. The poverty made way to Pakistan abruptly owing to lock down. Preparations have been made for development package for interior Sindh. We are evolving plan to erect a new city on lsland near Karachi. The project yields enormous foreign exchange reserves This project will generate job opportunities for people of Sindh. It is beyond my comprehension why Sindh government withdrew NOC all of a sudden. Sindh government should review its decision on withdrawal of NOC.

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