KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday announced a comprehensive development package worth above Rs 2.5 billion for an infrastructural uplift of Nowshero Feroz district for the provision of gas, electricity and the construction of roads.
Addressing a public gathering here, the prime minister said a whopping Rs 1.5 billion grant would be spent for the provision of gas and electricity to various areas of the district and another Rs 1 billion for construction of roads.
The announcement of the mega development projects for the district of opposition-led Sindh province prompted the already charged gathering to chant full-throated slogans in support of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the prime minister.
The prime minister also announced the launch of his health insurance card scheme to support medical treatment of the poor families besides nodding to the party leaders’ demands of establishing a food processing plant, a railway stop and a grid station in the area.
The prime minister also approved a fund of Rs 200 million for a town committee on the request of a party leader in the area.
“This is the difference between the mindset selling the jobs and the one giving rights to the rightful people,” he commented criticizing the apathy of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party to the issues of the people in their province.
PM Abbasi said that the country could only achieve progress through democracy and recalled that the Charter of Democracy (CoD) signed between former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and late Benazir Bhutto had committed to bringing an end to political victimization and respecting the public mandate.
He said the growth rate now stood at six percent and the development projects executed by the government would not only resolve the current problems but would also cater to the future needs of the country.
The projects of gas and electricity would address the energy issue till 2030 and the road network would suffice the needs for the next 50 years.