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Steps taken to establish welfare state, says KP CM




PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said Friday that Pakistan’s provincial government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has taken pragmatic steps to establish a social welfare state.

He added that the ultimate aim of the efforts and struggle over the years was to contribute to the national economy and provide the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with easy access to basic services.

He made the remarks in a statement released here by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat regarding his government’s reforms and transformation strategy. The Chief Minister said that the PTI has become the only representative political party of Pakistanis as it defends their rights.

“The provincial government has proven this by taking practical steps over the past four years that have resulted in significant improvement in the overall service delivery system in the province,” he added. Mahmood Khan said the social measures taken by the government included introduction of Sehat Card Plus, uniform university curriculum, overhaul and rehabilitation of health centers, establishment of service delivery centers, granting of honoraria to prayer leaders of mosques and religious leaders of minorities, the launch of the Insaf food card, reforms of the Patwar system, solarization of mosques and improvement of the communication network in the province. He added that the provincial government has worked beyond its capacity for the welfare of the public and has never compromised its manifesto regarding investment in human development despite multiple challenges.

Mahmood Khan said public confidence in the provincial government’s governance strategy has increased significantly. It is pertinent to mention here that under the Sehat Card-Plus program, free treatment facilities for various diseases are available for 9.6 million families in the province, which is an important step towards establishing a welfare state. Since the launch of the Sehat Card initiative, more than 1.4 million people have benefited from free treatment facilities, while expensive treatments like liver and kidney transplants have also been covered by the Sehat Card program to reduce the burden on patients’ families. In addition, free cochlear implants have also been introduced, through which 127 children from different districts of the province will receive treatment.

In order to ensure the provision of civic facilities to the citizens at their doorstep, Service Delivery Centers and Citizen Facilitation Centers have been established where multiple services including issuance of Fard and domicile have been carried out on line.

Additionally, the provincial government is working on the rehabilitation and modernization of existing schools alongside the establishment of new schools to provide uniform educational opportunities to the people of the province.

In addition to this, the government is also creating model schools where students will receive both traditional and religious education.