APP62-15 PESHAWAR: February 15 - Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the health card distribution ceremony at Governor House. APP

PESHAWAR, Feb 15 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday announced that the federal government would launch
a comprehensive poverty alleviation programme (PAP) across the country with special
focus on tribal districts by the end of current month.
Launching Sehat Insaf Card (SIC) for tribal districts here, he said that SIC was
component of the PAP that would eventually address the problems of tribal people.
He said PAP initiative would be the first of its kind under which all the state
institutions working for poverty alleviation including Zakat, Pakistan Baitul Mal,
BISP and others would be placed under a central head to make coordinated
efforts for poverty alleviation in the country.
The Prime Minister said PAP would be extended to tribal areas first and
then to rest of the country, adding the government would also introduce other
public welfare projects including Schools, Hospitals, Basic Health Units and
others in merged districts on priority basis to resolve issues of tribal people.
He congratulated the Federal Health Minister Amir Kiyani for introducing
SIC in tribal areas and said though the project was delayed as the government
was struck in various other social-economic issues but it would bring a positive
change in life of common man.
He recalled when PTI came to power, the country was facing multiple
challenges, especially huge amount of foreign loans and worst economic
situation, asserting, “the country is out of crisis now and the economy is
improving.”
The Prime Minister referred to the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed
Bin Salman and said that it was a welcome sign that it would definitely bring huge
investment plans that would usher in a new era of prosperity in the country. He
hoped that people would get several opportunities.
He said introduction of SIC in merged districts was among one of the
commitments made by PTI which had been fulfilled. The tribal areas were
already less privileged for the last 12 years and military operations against
terrorists and militants further aggravated the situation there due to which
the tribal people suffered a lot.
The prime minister said operations in tribal areas were carried out under
certain compulsions and tribal people did face difficulties but now the
government was making all out efforts to address their issues.
Earlier, he said SIC would give Rs 720,000 medical cover to each
tribal family across merged districts annually that would help mitigate their
sufferings.
He lauded successful launch of Sehat Insaf Card by previous PTI
government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said that several deserving people
benefited from it.
He reiterated the resolve of his government to carry out development
projects in the tribal districts on priority basis to remove their sense of
deprivation. He said that he held detailed discussion with KP Governor and
Chief Minister about development programmes to be launched in merged
districts in a meeting today.