ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said Naya Pakistan meant the government would take care of lower-strata of society.
“The poor segment of the society should be allocated the funds honestly,” Imran Khan said while addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Ehsaas Kafaalat’ programme in Islamabad for socio-economic empowerment of the poor women.
He said smart phones would be also provided to the deserving women. Seven million women would get Rs2000 every month, he said.
PM Imran said unfortunately, the previous governments did not focus on underprivileged segment of the society. No country can develop by spending money on rich people, he said adding that it was responsibility of the government to distribute the money honestly to the poor. We took tough decisions in adverse circumstances, he maintained.
“We are laying the foundation of Islamic welfare state. We will give skill training to 0.5 million youth,” he said. He said the PTI government would launch a need-based scholarship programme as well.
Under the ‘Ehsaas Kafaalat’ programme, 2,000 rupees per month stipend will be paid to the most deserving and poorest women across the country through a digital payment system based on transparent mechanism.
All existing eligible beneficiaries of the Benazir Income Support Programme will continue to be part of Ehsaas Kafaalat programme.
The total numbers of expected Kafaalat beneficiary women are around seven million. Enrolments of one million families in 70 districts have already begun and these families will start receiving Kafaalat stipends from next two months.
More beneficiary families will be added through desk registration and other districts will be covered by end of the year.
Kafaalat is part of the wider Ehsaas programme, where women will have better access to opportunities to graduate themselves out of poverty.