PTI govt to hold fairest elections: PM
Imran says health card scheme will be extended to entire Punjab by 2021
Addressing a huge public gathering in Hafizabad on Saturday afternoon after laying the foundation stone of a string of development projects including a hospital and a university, Imran Khan emphatically declared to bring the corrupt elements to justice and recover the plundered amount from them.
The Prime Minister regretted that a person sitting in London is attacking the state institutions including the judiciary and the army. He said PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif is speaking the language of India to protect the looted amount.
Imran said the present government's policies are aimed at reducing poverty, uplift the poor segments of the society and ensure rule of law in the country where everybody is equal before the law. Imran said the journey towards establishing a welfare state has been started and this country will emerge as a great nation on the world map.
He said health insurance scheme will be extended to fifty percent population of Punjab by the end of this year and to the whole of the province by next year. He said under this scheme, the people will be able to get medical treatment of one million rupees both from the public and private hospitals. He was confident that this will help increase the network of hospitals especially in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said even the richest countries in the world do not have such a health insurance scheme.
Imran said Naya Pakistan Housing project has also been started under which the people will be able to get loan on easy installments at the interest rate of five percent to build a five-marla house. He said it is the first time in the country's history that the people will be able to own their houses.
On election reforms, the Prime Minister said it will be his government that will hold the fairest and transparent elections and emerge victorious. He said the process of election reforms has been started and we will use the new technology including the electronic voting.
"Today, we have decided to build a 400-bed district hospital and a university in Hafizabad," the premier said. "This is your need and our responsibility."
"More than that, I am happy that the Punjab government has decided to introduce health insurance to 50 percent of the province in 2020 and expand it to the entire province next year."
"When illness befalls the house of an ordinary citizen, this health [insurance] card will provide medical insurance of Rs1 million. You can get treatment in public or private hospitals."
"For the first time in the country's history, an ordinary citizen will feel secure about having health insurance in case a family member gets sick."
The premier said this will encourage the construction of private hospitals in under-developed areas, as people will have the means to seek treatment there. "If you see now, the rural areas only have government hospitals because people do not have the money. Only big cities have private hospitals."
"We built the country's first panahgahs (shelter homes) where daily wagers are given food and a roof to sleep under," said Imran and added "It allows them to send more of the money they earn to their family.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan has laid foundation stones of development projects of Hafizabad University and District Headquarters Hospital on Saturday.
The Hafizabad University will be constructed at a cost of 4.5 billion rupees whereas the new 400-bed facility District Headquarters Hospital building will cost two billion rupees.