LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi on Sunday launched Punjab Ehsaas Ration Programme worth Rs100 billion to provide edibles to deserving families at 40 per cent subsidised rate.
The CM initiated the subsidy programme from the Bismillah General Store in the Shadman Market which got itself registered under the Ehsas Ration Subsidy Programme.
The chairperson of Punjab Ehsaas Programme Senator Dr Sania Nishtar, former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi, Adviser Omar Sarfaraz Cheema also accompanied him.
The chief minister was given a detailed briefing about the subsidies on edibles by Dr Sania Nishtar and apprised him about the components of the programme.
Later, while talking to the media persons on the occasion, Parvez Elahi said that 8 million deserving families will get flour, pulses, cooking oil and ghee at 40 percent subsidised rate from the registered karyana stores. He said more edibles can be included in this programme.
“Ehsas Ration Programme is the vision of our leader Imran Khan, and we will extend its scope to every street and town”, he said while terming provision of edibles at 40 reduced rates a huge subsidy for the poor segments of society. He said the flood affectees of three flood-affected districts have also been registered in this programme. “The flood affectees will get a great benefit under the Punjab Ehsas Ration Subsidy Programme”, he added.
“Eighty thousand people have given their response with regard to this programme in one hour and thousands of families got themselves registered under this programme”, he said, adding that the registration process will continue for two weeks. The CM paid tribute to Dr Sania Nishtar for working day and night to make the Ration Programme a success. He stated that initially the Punjab government had allocated Rs 100 billion for this programme and if needed the amount will further be increased. Parvez Elahi said that Ehsas Programme had been acknowledged across the world.
Replying to a question, the CM said the federal government was doing a useless work of making small cases against PTI leadership. “The Model Town tragedy case is absolutely legitimate and Rana Sanaullah will be awarded life imprisonment in this case. Rana Sanaullah only clamours and will be caught in such a manner that he will not be able to escape from it”.
Pervez Elahi told the media that he did 22 years of politics with the PML-N and knew them very closely. “These people only know how to make false cases in which they failed earlier and are facing failure even now”.
The CM said that they only made tall claims of public service, but they were not capable of delivering. He said they did not do anything for the poor people. “If anyone is nabbed then the other people of this gang will immediately flee”, he said.
Replying to a question, he said that he did not have any contact with Zardari for quite some time. He stated that no matter how many cases can be framed against Imran Khan, they will themselves feel disappointed and ashamed. “Nothing will come out of the cases instituted against Imran Khan”. He said that the federal government was only expert in making false cases but had nothing to offer to the people. “Even if the federal government takes away all the officers even then Punjab will continue to run and is running excellently even now”. He said he knew how to run a province.
He said that River Ravi Urban Development Project was PTI’ flagship programme and the government will not spare those who illegally grabbed the RUDA land. “The old land grabbers will be taken to task and the Punjab government’s land being grabbed by the land grabbers will be retrieved. The land mafia will be sternly dealt with and will be taken to their logical end”. Dr Sania Nishtar said that the enrolment process of the deserving and low income families had been launched in all the districts of Punjab. She said the registration process had been made very simple so that the people do not face any difficulty or hurdle adding that the registration process will continue for two weeks. “The interesting head of the low-income family can send their CNIC number on the toll-free number- 8123. Registration can also be done on the web portal of Ehsas Punjab and availability of android phone with the deserving persons is not essential. They can get themselves registered by sending an SMS”, she elaborated.
Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, Commissioner Lahore Division, Secretary Information, Secretary P&D and officials concerned were also present on the occasion.