Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan launched Kamyab Pakistan Program (KPP) worth 1400 billion rupees in Islamabad on Monday aimed at uplifting 3.7 million poor households.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister termed it a landmark initiative saying it will bring improvement in the living standards of the common man.
Imran Khan noted that the program was prepared after hectic efforts and consultation process, and expressed the confidence it will move forward with success. He said a committee should also be constituted to evaluate its progress and address any problems coming in its way.
The Prime Minister regretted that our system only caters to a small segment of elite class. Inequality is the basis of the downfall of any society. The flawed policies of the past left far behind our marginalized segments of the society.
He however, said the present government is trying to change priorities to uplift the poor families. He said State of Madina was a successful model of the world because of its principles of humanity and justice.
The Prime Minister said the government is also cognizant of the problems faced by the downtrodden segments of the society due to price hike. He said a program is being launched under Ehsaas to provide direct targeted subsidy to them on essential commodities such as flour, ghee and sugar.
Imran Khan said we have also tried to absorb the maximum pressure of international increase in the prices of commodities. There has been one hundred percent increase in the prices of petroleum products over the last few months but we only increased their prices by twenty two percent. For this we slashed the sales tax and petroleum levy on petrol and diesel.
He said the wheat price increased by thirty three percent and that of sugar by forty percent in the international market but we enhanced their prices by twelve and twenty one percent respectively. He was confident that with improvement in supply chains in the world, the prices of commodities will come down and the benefit will be extended to the masses.