Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that this programme will put Pakistan on the road to success.
“I need you all to understand that there is no such thing as ‘happily ever after’, that only exists in fairy tales. In real life, there are ups and downs and smart people make sure that they use the time when they are in difficulty to propel themselves towards success later,” the prime minister said while explaining the basis on which the programme was created.
“I believe, barkat has not come to this country because a small number of people kept becoming richer while everyone else suffered. This is not how enlightened societies work. In such societies equal opportunities are given to everyone. What is the American dream model? It ensures that anyone who works hard will be able to lift themselves up and create a better future for themselves.”
“We have decided to make sure that this country functions on principles that elevate the standard of living of our underprivileged population.
“Here, we have started the Ehsas programme, under this programme we have given Rs7 billion to the Utility Store Network, to ensure that people are given quality rations in affordable prices.
“Other than that we have the Panagah programme, under which we started forming shelters last year to ensure that people do not have to brave extreme weathers and live on the street. Today, in the kind of cold we are experiencing, police have been instructed to patrol the streets and bring homeless people to these shelters.
The Hunarmand programme is aimed at the economic emancipation of the youth by providing them quality professional training.
It will be a four-year programme and cost approximately Rs30 billion and will provide easy loans, capacity building and internships for the youth.
In the first phase of the programme, 170,000 young Pakistanis will receive skill-based training; 50,000 of these individuals will receive training in advanced areas of technology including artificial intelligence, robotics and cloud computing.
On the other hand, another 50,000 of the total will be trained by the Technical Education and Vocational Authority in areas such as plumbing and mechanics, while the remaining 20,000 will be given apprenticeships, the report maintained.
Additionally, 75 smart classrooms will be established to ensure easy access to education as well as providing training at 70 madrassahs. In addition, five “Centres of Excellence” will be set up in collaboration with friendly countries.