ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday decided to extend Insaf Health card scheme to tribal areas and allocated an amount for the purpose in supplementary budget.

Presenting supplementary budget Finance Bill, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Asad Umar the government will provide Rs540,000 per family in the form of Sehat Insaf Card for doctors’ fees and medicines in former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Islamabad.

“The Punjab government has also been directed to introduce the facility in the province,” he said. He was optimist that Baluchistan and Sindh provincial governments would replicate the health card scheme to extend this public welfare project across the country.

The government proposes to slash around Rs250 billion on the development projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 to Rs725 billion, he said. The previous government allocated Rs 23 billion for Diamer-Bhasha dam and Rs 46 billion for various development projects of HEC under PSDP 2018-19.