Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched Kamyab Pakistan Programme (KPP) worth Rs1400 billion aimed at uplifting 3.7 million poor households.
Addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad, the premier termed the programme as landmark initiative saying it will bring improvement in the living standards of the common man.
PM Imran that the programme was prepared after hectic efforts and consultation process, and expressed the confidence it will move forward with success.
He added that a committee should also be constituted to evaluate its progress and address any problems coming in its way.
“Our system only caters to a small segment of elite class. Inequality is the basis of the downfall of any society, the premier regretted saying that the flawed policies of the past left far behind our marginalized segments of the society.
PM Imran said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is trying to change priorities to uplift the poor families.
He said that State of Madina was a successful model of the world because of its principles of humanity and justice.
The Prime Minister said the government is also cognizant of the problems faced by the downtrodden segments of the society due to price hike.
He said that a programme is being launched under Ehsaas to provide direct targeted subsidy to them on essential commodities such as flour, ghee and sugar.
The PM said that the government has also tried to absorb the maximum pressure of international increase in the prices of commodities.
“There has been 100% increase in the prices of petroleum products over the last few months but we only increased their prices by 22%,” PM Imran said, adding that the government slashed the sales tax and petroleum levy on petrol and diesel in this regard.
He said the wheat price increased by 33% and that of sugar by 40% in the international market but we enhanced their prices by 12% and 21% respectively.
The prime minister was confident that with improvement in supply chains in the world, the prices of commodities will come down and the benefit will be extended to the masses.
Earlier, touching upon the main components of Kamyab Pakistan Programme, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said that under Kamyab Karobar, interest free loans up to Rs500,000 will be given to the poor households.
Similarly, under Kamyab Kissan, interest free loans will be given to the farmers.
The programme will also enable these households to build their own houses,” Tarin said, adding that health cards will be provided to the poor households beside one person of each family will be provided with technical training.
The finance minister said the loan facility will be provided to the poor households at their doorsteps. He said Kamyab Pakistan Programme will be expanded to 6 million households.
Shaukat Tarin said this initiative will help the poor households stand on their own feet and bring revolution in their lives.