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KALLAR SYEDAN, (Rawalpindi): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday terming uplift of poor and underprivileged a ‘key responsibility of the government’ said the network of socio-welfare projects would be expanded to benefit the deserving populace amass.

The Prime Minister, sitting under an old Banyan tree in a Rawalpindi’s remote area of Kallar Syedan along with the beneficiaries of Ehsaas Kifalat Programme, said the financial assistance was aimed at easing up the difficulties of deserving people.

The Prime Minister’s visit to the outskirts of Rawalpindi was meant at reviewing the enrollment of new beneficiaries included in second phase of the Ehsaas Kifalat Programme under the ongoing survey.

In an informal interaction with the beneficiaries belonging to poorest of the poor section, Imran Khan assured that the government would extend them every possible support in the areas of education, health and housing.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that seven million households had been registered under Ehsaas Kifalat Programme and would be given Rs12,000 every six months.

He said health cards with insurance upto Rs0.7 million would be issued to people to lessen their burden of expensive medical treatment.

Under-graduate scholarships, he said, would also be given to poor students to ensure their inclusion in mainstream system.

In the area of housing, the Prime Minister said the government had launched construction of affordable residences under Naya Pakistan project.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said transparency and merit would be ensured in disbursement of cash under the Ehsaas socio-welfare programme.

He recalled that 30,000 non-deserving people were delisted from the Ehsaas, who had faked their identities as poor.

He said nobody could raise a question on the transparency of Ehsaas programme, where the cash disbursement was made on non-political basis.

He mentioned that even more funds were given to Sindh due to poverty despite the fact that the province was not being run by his political party.

PM’s Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar in a briefing to the Prime Minister said 70 percent of the comprehensive Ehsaas survey had been completed, which would be finalized by June.

She said all those that have been identified for enrollment through the new survey will be given Rs2000 a month on a continuing basis, to assist them with their basic needs.

She said 280,000 families would be sent SMS today informing them that they could collect Rs12,000.

Dr Nishtar assured that in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the principles of transparency, honesty and merit would be maintained in cash disbursement.

Women beneficiaries of the programme namely Nasreen Bibi, Allah Rakhi, Amina Bibi and others on the occasion talked to Prime Minister Imran Khan and expressed gratitude that Ehsaas programme would prove helpful in mitigating their financial ordeal.