Stakeholders to gain confidence for the new census: PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that all stakeholders would be confident about the new census.
Addressing a delegation from the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), including Information Technology Minister Ameenul Haq, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Senator Faisal Sabzwari, the prime minister said that under the current government all institutions were independent.
During the meeting, which was also attended by Planning Minister Asad Umar, issues relating to the census and the federal government’s ongoing projects in Sindh were discussed. Imran said the use of electronic voting machines would bring transparency to the electoral process.
He said there was a need to raise awareness of the positive effects of electronic voting machines on the electoral process in Pakistan.
The participants felt that the government and allied parties together play an effective role in the development of Sindh, especially in Karachi. The delegation appreciated the federal government’s plans to improve public transport and infrastructure in Karachi.
In addition, Prime Minister Imran attended a briefing given by the Special Assistant on Poverty Reduction, Dr Sania Nishtar, on the provision of targeted grants to eligible families under the Ehsaas program.
On this occasion, Imran said the government is aware of the problems the poor face due to inflation and stressed that targeted subsidies should be provided to disadvantaged segments of society.
According to a press release issued by the media wing of the Prime Minister’s Office, Imran pointed out that Kamyab Pakistan, Sehat Sahulat Cards and Ehsaas were the government’s flagship programs aimed at reducing poverty and improving the society of the lower strata of the society.
Finance Minister Shukat Tarin, Defense Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Special Assistant Dr Shehbaz Gill, State Bank of Pakistan (EBP) also attended the briefing.
Governor Dr Raza Baqir, President of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and senior staff.
The Prime Minister ordered that a comprehensive awareness program be launched to educate the masses on how to benefit from the targeted subsidies.
The meeting was informed that the Ehsaas program had developed a mobile application in collaboration with the NBP, which would be used by vendors to deliver subsidized items to eligible Ehsaas beneficiaries across the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), Lieutenant-General (ret) Muzammil Hussain, visited the Prime Minister and briefed him on the progress of various development projects, including the Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Sardar Azhar Tariq, visited the Prime Minister and briefed him on prospects for economic diplomacy with the Central Asian region, including Kyrgyzstan. Imran asked the ambassador to strengthen regional ties for the promotion of bilateral trade and trade relations with Kyrgyzstan.