PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is planning to launch another program to provide free of cost healthcare facilities to deserving people.

The provincial government has also initiated work on 19 new water supply projects.

The healthcare initiative would cover kidney, liver, bone marrow transplants, cochlear implants, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and thalassemia.

In this regard Chief Minister Mahmood Khan chaired a meeting which was attended by officials of health, education, social welfare departments and others.

The meeting was briefed about modalities for the implementation of the new initiative. The chief minister directed the concerned quarters to complete home work on both the options and submit final proposals for approval. He said that the motive behind the initiative was to provide free healthcare facilities to deserving people.

The proposal of Food Card Scheme was also discussed during the meeting. Matters related to the proposed education card scheme also came under discussion.

The provincial government has also initiated work on 19 new water supply projects worth Rs794.757 million during current fiscal year.

Official sources said the government would spend Rs369 million on completion of incomplete water supply schemes in Swat and Dir by allocating Rs50 million in annual development program for current fiscal year. Rs150 million would be spent on feasibility studies for establishment of a mega water scheme supply in Swabi. As per the plan, water through pipes from Bada dam would be lifted to provide water supply to different villages including Zaida, Bamkhel, Margoz, Shewa Adda, Kalu Khan and others adjoining districts. Feasibility study on the mega project has been started and Rs50 million would be spent on the scheme during current fiscal year.

The KP government has also decided to establish a seed industry with an estimated cost of Rs1,000 million including an allocation of Rs100.16 million for current fiscal year.

Similarly, a new concept of tele-farming and digital service has been introduced in KP under the prime minister’s Agriculture Emergency Program amounting to over Rs309 billion to bolster income of rural people. The government would spend Rs3,000 million on tele-farming and digital service project besides Rs200 million for climate change mitigation through promotion of horticulture.



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