Dar launches PM’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for youth

* Finance minister says Rs 1.20 billion earmarked for scheme * 33,440 students from 59 districts of country to benefit
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QUETTA: Federal Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Wednesday launched Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for youth of the less developed areas of the country. 
Ishaq Dar, who was the chief guest of the inaugural ceremony held at the Governor’s House, said “Realising youth as an asset of the country, Prime Minister  Nawaz Sharif led Pakistan Muslim League government launched six programs for youth, the fee reimbursement is one of them. 
The ceremony was attended by Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Federal Minister for SAFRON, Gen. (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for State for Higher Education, Engr. Balighur Rehman, Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Mokhtar Ahmed, Senior Balochistan Minister, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, provincial ministers, MPAs, senior officials and a large number of university students.
Ishaq Dar said to improve quality education, government has planned to bear the expenses of the students in less developed areas studying MA/MSC, M Phil and PHD programmes. 
The Minister noted that Rs 1.20 billion has been earmarked for Fee Reimbursement Scheme and as many as 33,440 students of 59 districts of the country would be the beneficiaries including 5,948 students from 32 districts of Balochistan. 
Dar said that federal government was extending all-out support to the Balochistan government in its effort to overcome the economic crises and poor law and order situation.
“We endorse the process of negotiations and want to bring the disgruntled Baloch into main stream”, he said and lauded the endeavours of the Chief Minister Balochistan for creating conducive political environment in the province. 
Terming the progress of Balochistan as one of the top most priorities of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, the Finance Minister said that incumbent government had launched various uplift schemes to bring prosperity in the province. 
Dar said, “Rs 162 billion has been allocated for the Pak-China Economic Corridor Project,” adding “completion of the Gadani power park project and Gwadar-Khanjrab road project would usher into a new era of development in the region”. 
Giving credit to the policies of the current government, Finance Minister said that the international organisations that were concerned over the economic indicators of Pakistan have also commended our achievement in this connection. “We have put the economy on track to progress and there is industrial and agricultural revolution coming in the country.” 
About the energy crises he said that we have overcome the energy crises and there is no additional power load shedding.
Chief minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch speaking on the occasion welcomed the federal government initiative and said it would be a breakthrough to achieve goal of quality education in the province.
“Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to bring Balochistan at par with other provinces in every field is evident,” he said and assured that the provincial government fully supports the PM’s vision for Balochistan. 

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