ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz on the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday instructed the Ministry of Housing and Works to pace up work on the PM’s Low Income Housing Programme “Apna Ghar” on emergency basis in order to provide suitable living units to the shelterless masses.
While presiding over a special meeting to review the current status of PM’s Apna Ghar Scheme here, the Chairperson directed the high-ups to immediately devise a doable plan for providing 500,000 low cost houses to the low income people across the country.
The meeting was summoned by the Chairperson PMYP on the special directives of the Prime Minister to examine and remove the red-tape issues confronting the scheme.
Federal Secretary Younas Dhagha and other senior officials of the Ministry of Housing and Works attended the meeting.
Apprising the Chairperson, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works revealed that no tangible development had been made in the scheme owing to the administrative and logistical issues.
He added that a sufficient amount of Rs 6 billion has been allocated for the purpose during the FY 2014-15.
The meeting was further briefed that the provinces had identified the land for the PM’s Apna Ghar Scheme and the initial planning has been done for the 5 pilot projects across the country.
The Secretary Housing and Works assured the meeting that the project will be completed in a 4-year phased plan.
Maryam Nawaz Sharif directed the concerned officials of the Ministry of Housing and Works to consult all the stakeholders and submit a comprehensive and feasible plan for the approval of the political leadership within a fortnight and added that no laxity would be accepted in implementation of the announced projects for the betterment of the masses.
She told the meeting that the present democratic government owed its political mandate to the people of Pakistan and hence it was obligatory on the administrative stakeholders to play their due role in providing relief to the people.
The Chairperson revealed that apart from working voluntarily for the PMYP, she would also work on the PM’s Apna Ghar Scheme to be implemented in letter and spirit as per announcement of the Prime Minister in October 2013.
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