PM launches Rs407b interest-free loan programme

Imran vows to spend tax money on people’s welfare


APP March 02, 2022
PM Imran Khan addressing a ceremony at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on March 02, 2022. Photo: Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

print-news
LAHORE:

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched the country’s mega interest-free loan programme worth Rs407 billion, saying the step would contribute towards making low-income groups financially self-reliant.

He was addressing a large number of people belonging to the low-income group at the Faisal Mosque, gathered for the launch of interest-free loans under the Kamyab Pakistan Programme.

Under the programme – a component of the prime minister’s vision for poverty alleviation – loans will be disbursed among the youth, women, and farmers and for the construction of low-income houses during the next two years.

The prime minister said 4.5 million families would benefit from the interest-free loans to start small businesses, build low-cost homes, do farming and get technical education.

The prime minister said so far Rs2.5 billion had been disbursed among low-income groups in various welfare schemes and mentioned that banks had also given loans of Rs55 billion after the government encouraged them to facilitate the common man.

He said Pakistan had been envisioned as a socio-welfare country in line with the golden principles of Islam’s first State of Medina.

He, however, regretted that deviation from this ideology led the country facing several challenges regarding the well-being of the common man.

The prime minister said following the glowing teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) regarding caring for the rights of people was the righteous pathway for a nation to adopt.

He said the national health insurance programme launched by the government would help in the expansion of medical set-up in public and private sector across the country.

Read PM Office seeks Rs200b to offset inflation impact

He said providing free medical treatment worth Rs1 million to every household annually was a proud step taken by his government.

The prime minister said that all tax money collected by the government would be spent on the welfare of the general public.

Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen in his video message said the programme was in line with the vision of a socio-welfare state to facilitate the common man.

He said interest-free loans besides the technical training would enable the low-income group to earn their livelihood.

Akhuwat Foundation Chairman Dr Amjad Saqib said his organization had been disbursing interest-free loans to the deserving for the last 22 years.

He said in collaboration with the government, Akhuwat Foundation would provide interest-free loans worth Rs1 billion to 7,000 households and expressed confidence that the programme would contribute to poverty alleviation.

During the period, the government will provide a subsidy of Rs56 billion for the purpose.
The key objective of the Kamyab Pakistan Programme is to provide relief to the low-income group and increase economic growth.

COMMENTS

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ