Islamabad: The Punjab government has reinstated what it calls the highly acclaimed public welfare projects launched by former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, the “health card scheme” and the “care package”. cash Ehsaas” for the poor.
Pakistan’s Chief Minister Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), backed by Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, announced immediately after being sworn in on July 27 that he would run the affairs of a province of 120 million people under the leadership of of Imran Khan whose party is in the majority (177 members) in the Assembly of Punjab which has 371 members.
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahis’ Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) has just 10 seats in the assembly, but those ten votes were crucial in securing the decisive majority in the chamber for the alliance PTI-PML-Q.
Imran Khan on July 28 in his “victory speech” had announced that the Punjab government would resume public welfare projects with immediate effect.
The assembly’s second-largest party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 167 votes had suspended the Imran government’s programs after its chief minister Hamza Shehbaz was sworn in on April 30.
However, his election was contested by Elahi and after repeated hearings, the Supreme Court finally ruled on July 27 in favor of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.
“The shelters resume their activities”
Apart from health card and Ehsaas schemes, the Punjab government has also decided to re-open Free Food & Shelter Houses.
Lahore district administration officers visited the shelters on Friday and monitored the steps taken to bring them back to life.
All Assistant Commissioners have been instructed to visit shelters and ensure that proper arrangements are made there for food and hygiene.
“Sania will travel to Punjab for Ehsaas program execution”
Imran Khan also led former Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar, to help the Punjab government restore Ehsaas welfare programs.
In his speech, Imran Khan had said that Sania Nishtar would soon reach Punjab and monitor the restoration of programs in the province.