Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. – File Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the youth were the greatest strength of Pakistan and the present government would ensure that they were gainfully employed.

He was chairing a meeting held here to review the Prime Minister's Youth Programme.

Prime Minister Sharif, on September 21, announced a development package worth Rs20 billion for the country's youth comprising six projects, aimed at providing them assistance mainly through affordable education, soft loans and skill-based training.

The premier was briefed about all the features of the youth programme. He was informed that so far 350,000 feedbacks/suggestions had been received from the general public.

To ensure more transparency, clarity and merit in the youth uplift package, it was Sharif’s desire to seek suggestions from general public.

He directed that all valuable suggestions should be given due consideration and projects under the youth programme be launched as soon as possible.

The prime minister said the government wanted to provide various opportunities to the youth, including skilled education, training, employment and scholarships so that they could contribute positively in all fields.

The meeting was also attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid.

Chairing another meeting on Low-Cost Housing Scheme, Prime Minister Sharif said the government has planned to construct 500,000 affordable housing units all over the country in the five-year period through public-private partnership.

He directed that policy framework in that regard should be prepared by November 30.

The premier further directed that land identification, survey and estimates for vertical and horizontal housing units be prepared in order to launch the scheme early.

Nawaz Sharif observed that low-cost and affordable housing units would enhance the quality of life of the common man and would also provide employment opportunities, better sanitation, and social protection for the shelter-less.

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Comments (4) (Closed)


sherie
Oct 07, 2013 11:18pm

another example of patch up methods of solving problems. instead of making funny promises, please review our own indigenous needs and priorities, and put funds into areas that will over the next 10 years create, not jobs, but people who can make a living using resources that abound in this country. why on earth we now have 90 doctor making institutes in the country, and still the highest maternal and child mortality figures, is something you should think about. or the fact that despite being the 5th largest dairy producer in the world we waste most of the milk that is produced, and children of pakistan grow up without the necessary dairy intake. ever heard of an upstream approach? or a swot analysis? aim for self reliant individuals. it will automatically lead to self sufficient economy. its not rocket science.

m
Oct 08, 2013 05:03am

He will do the best, watch, time will tell, people change, he will bring peace to Pakistan.

iqbal
Oct 08, 2013 06:34am

Prime Minister should open IT training centers in each city where youth can get training for mobile applications, C # (C Sharp), C++, Java Scripting, HTML5 languages. He should also try to create state of the art IT Software Parks in the country and engaged all youths in building different applications and projects for foreign countries . These software parks should have high speed internet and generators in order to avoid load shedding which will help to deliver projects on time. Have our diplomats to make publicity of our talented youth and IT parks to get the projects. Hopefully down the road, we will be able to provide enough jobs for all talented youth just like what India did couple of years before.

MK
Oct 08, 2013 08:42am

Really... When ever he comes in power he get loans or khayrat from other countries or ask Pakistan people. He gets that money and distribute among people. How naive our people are.

This time he came with a big plan. He got money from those sheikhs who does not even care who we are.

By the way Allah does not give barakah in that money which you don't earn from your own effort.

May Allah save us all.