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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairing a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad on Thursday. – APP Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairing a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad on Thursday. – APP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that promises made during the election campaign with the youth and low-income groups of the society would be fulfilled.

Besides other schemes, he also directed to initiate the “Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme” at the federal level.

The prime minister, while chairing a high-level meeting at the PM House, directed officials to initiate programmes and schemes targeting lower strata of society and youth, especially the educated, at the earliest.

The meeting was told that the Prime Minister's Micro Finance Scheme and Prime Minister's Scheme for Small Business Loans would be directed towards the poor sections of society.

It is through these schemes that small loans will be given to the poor for businesses and this they would have to repay in a period of 5 to 7 years. The meeting was further told that almost 100,000 people would benefit from these schemes.

Under the Youth Training Programme, qualified youth, both from the public and private sector universities and colleges, would be selected for the internship programme. Prime Minister Sharif emphasized for inclusion of qualified youth from FATA and Balochistan in the programme.

Under the Youth Skills Development Programme, skills would be imparted to the youth of the country which would help them in obtaining better jobs.

The premier also directed that a scheme for poor students by the name of Prime Minister's Scheme for Reimbursement of Fee for less-privileged be initiated so that no one remains without education because of cost involved in it.

He also directed to initiate low-cost housing programme and further directed that preference be given to underprivileged sections of the society.

In order to ensure transparency, merit and fairness, independent experts and relevant professionals should be included in the committees tasked to execute these schemes, said the prime minister.

Comments (8) Closed

Mohammad Sep 13, 2013 06:20am

Ok the laptop scheme is a waste... i like the one about small business

illawarrior Sep 13, 2013 07:48am

Will he also provide the electricity to run them, and the internet access necessary to use them effectively? Poor people are more likely to sell the free laptops to get money to buy food.

Rajab Ali Sep 13, 2013 10:45am

Mr. Nawaz Sharif would be well aware of the fate of Yellow Cab Scheme. Would the deserving people actually benefit from the proposed scheme this time or the Laptops would be sold at half price in the market and loans to politically affiliated persons, will have to be seen.

Abdul Shakoor Baloch Sep 13, 2013 11:56am

This is a great step by PM.

Akram Sep 13, 2013 06:47pm

Given Pakistan has limited resources, how is giving away laptops going to bring any real benefit. I know of relatives who bought a laptop in a little town and didn't know how to use so ended up just playing music songs on it. The limited resources would be better used providing students with free to use libraries and other facilities with internet access.

Shakil Sep 13, 2013 09:36pm

Sikha Shahi rule, they try to make nation of beggars. Governments sets policies not idiotic steps like these. Why not invest this same amount of money into build a factory for laptops and other high tech stuff, this will create jobs and transfer of technology. There is not a single semiconductor fab in Pakistan that can tap into lucrative chip making and electronic outsourcing.

Think like government and get help from experts if cant think with vision. Do not dole out laptops for music listening, equip schools and colleges with computers so every one can learn in decent environment. Look at schools that dont have furniture and kids in 21st century sitting on ground with no classrooms. One laptop cost can give a school bit of furniture.

Get the grips and set priorities right for Allah's sake and stop joking!

Khanm Sep 14, 2013 12:21am

First it was yellow cabs scheme for illliterates. Lap tops for literates. What is next?

M. Arif Muqmai Sep 14, 2013 10:52am

This is a great step of Prime Minister (Laptop Scheme) for Pakistani Youth , I really appreciate of that scheme. Hoping for the positive consideration.