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PAKISTAN'S VISION 2025
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EHSAS : PM KHAN LAUNCHES AMBITIOUS SOCIAL SAFETY , POVERTY ALLEVATION PROGRAMME
https://www.dawn.com/news/1472228/ehsas-...-programme

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday launched an ambitious social safety and poverty alleviation programme for the welfare of the public.  Speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad to kick off the programme, named 'Ehsas' (compassion), the premier said the first change that would be brought under the poverty alleviation plan would be amending Article 38(D) of the Constitution which included a clause regarding providing people with food, shelter, clothing, education and taking care of their health.

But the provision in its current form is only a policy recommendation, Khan noted, saying that the government would need to bring an amendment in the Constitution and make it a "fundamental right" so the state can guarantee these five things to the people of Pakistan.

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"This is the first step, it is a difficult task," the premier said, adding that the government was putting the pressure on itself so that anyone will be able to go to the courts and say that this is their fundamental right. Khan said under the programme, the money spent on underprivileged segments of society would be increased by Rs80 billion, and further by Rs120bn by 2020.


"No government has so far spent so much money on poverty alleviation," the premier claimed.

'One-window operation'
He announced that a new ministry for social protection and poverty alleviation was being set up which would work on the coordination of the programme's implementation throughout Pakistan.   The move is aimed at bringing all organisations that are working on helping the poor under one umbrella, Khan said, noting that until now different groups were functioning separately without any coordination between their efforts.


The prime minister announced that in the first phase, a database would be set up by December under which the government will know about people's income levels as well as how many indigent citizens were residing in each area.

"Once this data comes, we will coordinate all the organisations from one place," he said.

Khan added that everything will be made computerised using information technology and they would know which organisation is helping poor people in which area.

"We will run the poverty alleviation campaign in the country from one place," he said, adding that people from one area would be served under a "one-window operation".

Prime Minister Khan revealed that the government was conducting a new survey — which would be completed by December — on the basis of which people would be given financial aid. Until then, money will be distributed on the basis of a previous survey.

'Tahafuz' programme
Khan also announced that nearly 5.7 million women will be given savings accounts and mobile phones through which they will be able to access their bank accounts.

"This will be the most transparent way to give them their money," he said, adding that the cash transfers to the women will be increased from Rs5,000 to Rs5,500.   Additionally, 500 digital hubs were being created in tehsils where the prime minister said poor people could go to access their bank accounts as well as to look for jobs.

"We will not just give them money, we will give them opportunities so that they can improve their lives," Khan emphasised.

The premier then announced the 'Tahafuz' (protection) programme which would help people in difficult times by providing them with legal aid.   Once legislation regarding the programme is completed, Khan said, call centres will be set up to provide legal assistance to people as well as grants to children who want to study.

In addition, anyone who does not already have the Insaf health card will be able to call the Tahafuz programme office and the money will be organised for them.  Widows without any source of income will also be in the database and assisted by the programme, the premier said.  While on the subject of social safety, Prime Minister Khan disclosed that the government was not spending any money on the shelter homes it had set up in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, as people were coming forward themselves and donating money.

"It is the first time that such a programme is coming to Pakistan. You will remember the day we launched this programme the day [Pakistan] becomes a great country," he said with confidence.

The premier said that street children would be assisted through public-private partnerships as will be transgender persons who often suffer maltreatment in the society.  Additionally, a "movement" for children forced to work under bonded labour would be started and daily wage workers would also be facilitated through the Tahafuz programme. He announced that Bait-ul-Maal would be funded to build homes for 10,000 orphan children in the next four years.  Terming stunted growth a "big issue" for Pakistan, the prime minister said a set of nine policies has been created to address nutrition problems. He also highlighted the need for the provision of deworming, iron, folic acid, as well as anemia supplements at basic health units.

He announced that for the first time a "multi-sectoral nutrition coordination body" will be constituted at the Prime Minister's Office.  In connection with this, he said the government had decided to start an experiment, starting with Islamabad and Lahore, to regulate the quality of milk and to ensure the availability of the right milk for everyone.

Khan said women in villages needed to be provided with goats so that they and their children can have access to milk, as well as with desi chickens. "Many people in cities don't have an idea [but] this is a tried and tested model in the whole world," the prime minister said, stressing that in order to provide poor people nutrition and increase their earnings they should be provided with goats and chickens.

Additionally, he said women in villages will be provided seeds to grow vegetables to eat and to sell. He said edible oil companies will be asked to give them seed packages as well.
"These are the small things that make a big difference," he told an exuberant audience.
"The things I am telling you are cheap things. A country that doesn't have money uses their brain," the premier added.

He also promised that persons with disabilities would be given facilities such as special sticks, wheelchairs, crutches and whatever equipment they may require. He announced that 20 centres would be opened for persons with disabilities in the underdeveloped districts.

PM ROLLS OUT RS 80 BILLION POVERTY PLAN
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1938439/1-g...-povertypm

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday rolled out a Rs80 billion poverty alleviation programme “Ehsas” – aimed at uplifting the downtrodden and vulnerable segments of society.  The government will allocate an additional amount of Rs80 billion in the country’s social protection spending in backward areas from the current year, raising it to Rs120 billion in 2021.  “The government has launched a war against poverty,” the prime minister said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the programme.

He said an amendment would soon be made to the Constitution, moving Article 38(d) from the “Principles of Policy” section into the “Fundamental Rights” section.

This will make it a fundamental right for all citizens to be given food, shelter, education and health facilities by the state.  The prime minister also announced the establishment of a new ministry to alleviate poverty.  Various institutions likes the Benazir Income Support Programme, the Pakistan Baitul Mal and the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund will work under the new ministry, developing a one-window operation for the social protection of the poor and to facilitate citizens.

“Making the provision of food, clothing, housing, education and medical relief to citizens a state responsibility is a first step towards the creation of a welfare state,” the prime minister said.  Under the “Kifalat” programme, the government is designing a conditional cash transfer for healthcare and education of six million women and families so that they can have access to nutrition assistance.  The prime minister said he was establishing a multi-sectoral nutrition coordinating body within his office. It will also include the private sector to ensure food fortification and supplementation, he added.


“Sanitation and clean water are essential to stop stunted growth in children. It is worrying to see how contaminated milk is being sold in different parts of the country,” he noted. Under the new programme, 5.7 million women will be given savings accounts under the “one woman one bank account plan”.  The prime minister said 500 Benazir Income Support Programme and Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal offices would be transformed into digital hubs where the government’s IT, technology and innovation resources would be pooled.


The government’s digital resources, such as access to the labour information system, online curricula, and one window social protection interface would be accessible and create opportunities for BISP families to lift out of poverty.
Under Kifalat, the government will increase the current Benazir Income Support Programme cash transfer of Rs5,000 to Rs5,500.

The government is launching a precision safety net, called “Tahafaz” to protect individuals from catastrophic risks – a transparent and trackable digital system of cash transfers through which the government will give legal aid, education grants and health assistance to those without Insaf card entitlements.

Khan said the government had already committed to launching the Insaf Insurance Card in 38 districts for 3.3 million people over a four-year period and had committed Rs33 billion for this purpose.  In addition, through “Tahafaz”, the government will cater to additional needs of those requiring financial access to treatment. The government will make sure every poor and deserving person approaching public hospitals has access to treatment and surgery.

The government will also set up shelter homes in several major cities of the country. The government’s housing scheme will focus on facilitating provision of homes to the poor, including landless farmers, through interest-free loans. The government has allocated Rs4.5 billion for this purpose.

The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal will establish five Ehsas homes this year, and the number would be raised by the passage of time. “In the next four years, the Bait-ul-Maal will provide shelter for 10,000 orphaned children,” Khan said. Referring to the government’s five million housing programme, Khan said the government would ensure that women were given joint ownership of houses. The government is launching a programme under which wheelchairs, tripod and quadripod sticks and crutches will be provided to disabled people.

In addition, the government will partner with the civil society and expert organisations to develop 20 centres for the disabled people in underprivileged districts. The government is adopting a new policy of placing placards outside of each basic health unit and hospital mentioning the amount allocated and the staff meant to be present there to increase transparency.  The prime minister said he had instructed all protectors of emigration office to create a single window for all types of requirements and make workers aware about their entitlements.

“The government has decided that migrant unskilled workers, earning less than a given income and who have not visited home for more than seven years, will be provided subsidy on air tickets,” Khan announced. He also announced an increase in the monthly labour pension through Employees Old Age Benefit Institution from Rs5,250 to Rs6,500. Biometric payments will be used for all labour pensioners from next year to counter pilferage.  The prime minister said being aware of the special problem of the inability to reach children where there were dispersed populations, the government would make e-learning content freely available online and use chat bots in local languages for displaced populations.

The government will allocate Rs3 billion per year for scholarships in the higher education particularly in backward areas.  The prime minister also announced a policy of corporate farming to help farmers with fragmented and small land holdings. This will provide market stimulus for livestock and fisheries in arid zones to create livelihood opportunities for small farmers.

The government will work on facilitating the expansion of microfinance services to reach remote areas. It will would include skill-training in school curricula from 8th class. The age of enrollment in technical training is also being decreased from 18 to 15 so that after matriculation and skill-training can be started immediately.  To facilitate remittances, the government is introducing a slab for remitters of up to $100 with half of the existing fee.
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PM KHAN TELLS PPP, PML-N LEADERS TO RETURN NATION'S MONEY IF THEY WANT REPRIEVE
https://www.dawn.com/news/1472844/pm-kha...t-reprieve


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday, while addressing a rally in Khan Garh, Ghotki, said the government will not let PML-N and PPP leaders off the (accountability) hook "until they give the country's money back".


"This country will not forgive you. You have only one route: give the country's money back and we will leave you be," the premier said.

Prime Minister Khan noted that earlier, "the Sharif brothers [former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif] used to say that the former president [Asif Ali Zardari] was corrupt; later, Zardari and his son [Bilawal Bhutto Zardari] used to say that the [Sharif] brothers were corrupt.

"Today, both are trying to come together to 'save democracy'," he remarked, questioning the sincerity of the two parties' political moves.

He said he wanted to "challenge" the two opposition parties to do whatever they wanted to do, but the government would not back down from holding them accountable. The prime minister said his opponents "can go ahead with train marches", a reference to the PPP's "Caravan-i-Bhutto", and "can also come to D-Chowk in Islamabad to stage a sit-in ('dharna'). "The government's containers are ready," he offered.

"We will provide you food in the containers," the premier said, adding he will see how long they can hold their ground.

"We [the PTI] held a dharna for four and a half months — not for our theft, [but] for the country's democracy and for free and fair elections."

'Sindh's royalties stolen'
Prime Minister Khan had begun his address citing the example of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who he credited with lifting Malaysia out of poverty.

"Remember, countries are not poor: [it is] corruption [which] leaves a country poor and indebted," the premier said.

Khan said that Sindh should be the most prosperous province of Pakistan as it is home to Karachi, the financial capital of the country; the most gas is extracted from the province; and because it has fertile land, where cash crops such as sugarcane and rice grow in abundance.

However, the premier said, poverty persists in interior Sindh due to endemic corruption.
He noted that in the past ten years, 70 per cent of Sindh's gas came from Ghotki, but regretted that the district which should have been furthest ahead had been left behind.

"In the past ten years, Rs234bn were distributed to Sindh as gas royalties," the premier said, adding that everything had gone to the provinces in the National Finance Commission (NFC) award even while the federal government itself was going bankrupt.

"The money for your development should have come from the province, as the centre had given them the funds," he said. "Everyone should ask how much of the share of royalties was given to Ghotki."

"This is corruption," he said, describing it as a few people controlling public resources while the rest of the country descended into poverty.

The premier said the money that should have been spent on the people of the country was pocketed by these elements and stashed in fake back accounts, and then moved abroad through money laundering.

He asked how the country's indebtedness rose from Rs6 trillion to Rs30 trillion in the past ten years alone.

"Where did the money go?" he asked, adding that when the people responsible for the country's precarious financial position were being held to account, "they say democracy had come under threat".

Khan said that the money of royalties from gas should first go to those areas where it was found. He cited the example of Texas in the United States where oil was found and as a result even now the richest people were in Texas.

"First it [Texas] became prosperous and then the rest of America," he said.
Alternatively, he said in Pakistan, the people in areas where gas was found were poor.



The premier concluded his address by sharing that in 'Naya Pakistan', those areas where certain resources were found, would also be the first to reap the benefits.
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ASTAGHFIRULLAH WHAT TYPE OF TABDEELI IS THIS. MAY ALLAH HAVE COMPASSION AND MERCY FOR THE POOR PEOPLE IN PAKISTAN.  PAKISTANI LEADERS SEEKING A NAYA PAKISTAN GOING TO THE SATANIC USURIOUS IMF SHOULD BE VIEWED LIKE TAKING POISON BY A SICK PATIENT. JUST WHO ARE THESE MORONIC LEADERS AND IS ANYONE FORCE FEEDING THE PATIENT IF I MAY ASK?  THE FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC ADVISERS OF THE PTI GOVERNMENT HAVE  NO VISION AND ARE NOT GIVING PAKISTAN A BREATHING SPACE BUT A POISONING AND SUFFOCATION. THERE SHOULD BE NO DEAL INDEED THE CASE FOR DEFAULTING ON ALL EXISTING IMF RIBA LOANS AND INTEREST PAYMENTS SHOULD BE MADE LOUD AND CLEAR. THE PTI GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ARGUING THAT THE AGREEMENTS SIGNED BY PREVIOUS GOVERNMENTS  ARE NULL AND VOID. THEY SHOULD DEFAULT IMMEDIATELY AND TAWAKKALLAH. A  COUNTRY CREATED FOR MUSLIMS ON ENORMOUS SACRIFICE AND BREAKING AWAY FROM HINDU AND BRITISH HEGEMONY UNDER JINNAH  WAS
TO ESTABLISH LAWS BASED ON ISLAM CAN NOT AND MUST NOT TOLERATE THE WORST SECULAR MAN MADE RIBA LOANS FOR EXPLOITATION OF NATIONS. THE PTI GOVERNMENT DID NOT SIGN UP TO PREVIOUS CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS DEALS WITH THE IMF AND THEY SHOULD UNILATERALLY REVOKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY. IF TRUMP CAN RIP UP TREATIES SO CAN OTHER  NATIONS RIP UP TREATIES WITH THE UN IMF WORLD BANK BIS AND NATO. NO WONDER THERE IS TALK OF A BOLD MOVE BY IMRAN KHAN TO MOVE TOWARDS AN ISLAMIC PRESIDENTIAL POLITICAL SYSTEM BY PUSHING TOWARDS A REFERENDUM TO BREAK THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEADLOCK HE FINDS HIMSELF. THERE IS A NEED FOR A NEW VEHICLE FOR MOVING TOWARDS THE UNIVERSAL PARADIGM SHIFT TO MATERIALISE NOW.
 

IMRAN KHAN MAY BECOME THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN IN FUTURE 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elVvVR-oJao     


BAILOUT PACKAGE WITH IMF ALMOST WORKED OUT: ASAD
https://www.dawn.com/news/1475776/bailout-package-with-imf-almost-worked-out-asad

WASHINGTON: Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have — more or less — reached an understanding on a package for bailing out the country’s ailing economy, says Finance Minister Asad Umar.



“During the last two days, we have, more or less, reached an understanding. In the next day or two, we hope to reach a full agreement and then we will share the details with you,” the finance minister said at a Thursday night news briefing at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington.

“In the next step, the IMF will send its mission to Pakistan in the next few weeks to work out technical details. But in principle, we have reached an agreement,” he said.


• Finance minister says FATF judging Pakistan with a rigged jury • Fund officials air concerns over CPEC

The finance minister, who reached Washington on Tuesday evening, left for New York on Friday after two days of talks with the IMF and World Bank officials on the sidelines of the group’s spring meetings. The team of experts that came with him, however, remains in Washington to finalise the details of a multi-billion dollar, three-year bailout package.

Although Mr Umar did not explain the irritants that still need to be worked out, Dawn has learned the IMF is insisting on a market-oriented exchange rate while Pakistan wants to retain its current approach of a managed float.


During the talks, IMF officials shared their concerns on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its possible impact on the IMF programme “but Pakistan assured them that there’s no overlapping between the two programmes,” an official source said.


“Some fine-tuning will be done in Islamabad and then the package will be signed,” the minister said.


Before the news briefing, the finance minister addressed the Pakistani-American community at the embassy, explaining why the country needs a bailout package.


“The more things change, the more they remain the same. This is what Pakistan is experiencing,” he said. “We’ve been going through a recurring cycle of a balance of payments crisis.”


Mr Umar said he could not recall the last time a government in Pakistan had not inherited a balance of payments crisis and sought IMF help. “The pattern has remained the same, in 1988, 1999, 2008, 2013 and 2018,” he said, acknowledging that “there is something, obviously, structurally wrong” with the economic policies followed by successive governments.


“While there may be specific decisions that contribute to this, or people who may be responsible, but there is clearly something structural at play which goes beyond personalities and decisions,” he said.


For some in the audience, it was a pleasant departure from the PTI’s usual practice of blaming everything on the PML-N government. In a lighter vein, the finance minister told the Pakistani-American community that their country was close to setting a world record, as it was about to enter its 13th IMF programme in 30 years. ‘That’s quite an achievement.”


Mr Umar refuted rumours that he was resigning or being fired. “I am not going anywhere,” he said. The finance minister said Pakistan was facing three main problems on the economic front — the fiscal deficit, current account deficit and savings and investment gap.


“The situation right now is that we are not taking loans to pay off past loans, but to pay off interest.”

Responding to a question about what actions the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) might take in Pakistan’s case, the minister said the next review would take place in the middle of May and the deadline for Pakistan to send a report for the review is April 15. He said Pakistan would send the report on time and then the review team would visit Pakistan in May but the actual deadline for the final decision is September.


He said Pakistan had made significant improvements since the last review, recognised by “virtually everybody we talked to. The question mark we have is: are we going to be judged by a rigged jury?”  He said he recently wrote a letter to the FATF president asking him to appoint any other member country besides India as co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Joint Group. “The finance minister of India is on record saying that they will use every means at their disposal to economically isolate Pakistan. What better way to isolate Pakistan economically than to get Pakistan on a FATF blacklist?”  The minister said with India co-chairing the proceedings, Pakistan did not expect a fair and unbiased decision from the FATF.
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