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Prime Minister Imran Khan held on Friday ‘wrong economic policies’ of the past governments responsible for the tough economic situation. While conceding that people were facing high inflation and increased power and gas tariffs in the country, the PM assured the nation that the tough days would soon be over.
“I realize that gas and electricity have become expensive, but departments are overburdened with loans that must be paid back,” the media quoted him as saying while addressing a ceremony to re-launch the halted construction work of the Mother and Child Hospital in Rawalpindi. He said that there were only two ways to tackle the debt: either to take more loans or increase the price of commodities.
The fulfillment of basic human needs represents the real government. From the very first day, the government has been striving to reform the existing healthcare facilities besides establishing new ones, he said.
The premier said nations experienced ups and downs in their journeys. “Once the system is rectified, you will realize how blessed your country is. Be assured, tough days will be over… Pakistan will sail through difficult times and will emerge as a great nation,” he reiterated. He said government was trying to revamp the whole system to reduce foreign debt by increasing its revenue.
Fulfillment of Basic Human Needs Represents Real Government: Imran Khan
During his address, the media reported, PM Khan said that the government was inculcating a new thinking in the society by introducing the landmark poverty alleviation program, health cards for the poor, shelter homes, housing for the low-income group and business loans for the youth.
“The fulfillment of basic human needs represents the real government. From the very first day, the government has been striving to reform the existing healthcare facilities besides establishing new ones,” he said. He urged people to wait for some time as the government was working to improve the economic condition, adding that the provision of basic facilities and resolving common people’s problems were the fundamental responsibility of the government.
Goats, hens, and cattle would be provided to poor families in villages, he said, adding the government would start extending loan facility to the youth to encourage them to run their own businesses.
Better Healthcare Facilities to Less Privileged
Expressing government’s commitment to giving better healthcare facilities to the less privileged, the PM said the government was working to improve existing health facilities and establish new hospitals where needed.
PM Khan said that the work on the construction of the Mother and Child Hospital was pending since 2005. He lauded the Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s efforts for resuming the work on the hospital.
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The PM recalled the government had launched health insurance plan under which a family would get medical treatment at private or government hospitals for up to Rs720,000 charges, the media reported, adding that Khan said that the government has also started ‘Ehsas’ program to provide shelter homes to those without shelter.