Sukkur (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced Rs 446 billion package for socio-economic progress of the under-developed districts of Sindh.
Addressing a cheque distribution ceremony under Kamyab Jawan programme in Sukkur, the premier said that the government will make every possible effort for uplift of the backward areas across the country and help the people of Sindh for improvement in their living standard.
He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's primary focus is to enhance the living standard of the low income people.
PM Imran said the government has provided mega development programmes to the backward areas across the country, including Balochistan and the tribal districts.
He emphasised on making the youth skilled. He said the government will take steps to develop sports grounds across the country.
The prime minister said that the materialization of the package will begin within a month.
"The federal government disbursed 31% of the total funds among deserving families in Sindh under Ehsaas Programme during the pandemic, the premier said, adding that the network of the programme is being extended to 12 million people.
The prime minister asked the Sindh Government to review its decision of cancellation of the no objection certificate (NOC) for developing Bundal Island near Karachi for economic progress of the people of Sindh as well as other parts of the country.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister distributed cheques among deserving people under Kamyab Jawan Programme.
The development package worth Rs446 billion envisages construction of Nai Gaj dam, which will help irrigate 28, 800 acres of land and 306 kilometre long Sukkur-Hyderabad motorway, the Radio Pakistan reported.
As per the further details of the package, 200,000 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 30,000 annual electricity connections is also part of it.
Moreover, education reforms are also part of Sindh package under which ratio of higher education will be brought to 52 % whilst for quality education teacher-student ratio will be brought at 1:20. Fourteen passport offices will also be upgraded.