Published On: Sat, Nov 21st, 2020
Published in Category: Lahore

CM inaugurates Bahimat Buzurg program

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated Bahimat Bazurq program at 90-SQA and distributed cards among the elderly women.

Addressing the ceremony, the CM stated that a special fund has been set up with an initial amount of Rs2 billion to assist deserving senior citizens of 65 years and above.

Under this program, needy senior citizens will be given a monthly stipend to lessen their financial difficulties, he added.

The CM emphasized that elderly women have been particularly included in this program to make them self-reliant. He termed the program a good omen saying that he is feeling happy. The government is inching closer to the goal of the state of Madina envisioned by PM Imran Khan, he said.

The establishment of the state of Madina is a long and arduous journey but I am convinced that we will succeed in achieving this important goal, he stressed.

The CM said that the Riasat-e-Madina would be an exemplary State fulfilling its responsibility towards every citizen. He maintained that the respect and service to elders is a social as well as collective religious obligation.

The provincial government has started Punjab Ehsas program to fulfil the needs of deserving elders and other neglected segments of the society.

Similarly, Nai Zindagi program was launched for the rehabilitation of affectees of acid-attacks and Bahimat Buzurg is a part of Ehsas Program, he added. It is a unique social pension initiative under Punjab Social Protection Authority having no comparison in the past.

The CM gave away certificates to DC Bahawalnagar and ADCs of Sialkot and Khushab for showing good performance concerning the start of Bahimmat Bazurq program.

Vice-Chairman PSPA Ali Asjad Malhi said the program is close to the heart of Usman Buzdar and another program is going to be started to provide stipend, training and loan to differently-able.

The Punjab Human Capital Development Program is the largest welfare initiative worth Rs.52 billion. Monthly aid will be provided to needy elders under the Bahimat Bazurg program and they can receive cash from today, he added.

Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Musarat Jamshaid Cheema MPA and Chairman P&D also attended the ceremony.