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Country needs long march for economic revival: Ahsan Iqbal

Published Jun 27, 2014 03:53pm


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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said that under the prevailing circumstances, the country needs an industrial revolution and long march for economic revival.

He was addressing a round table conference on “Improved access to health services”, organised by the Young Development Fellows (YDF) of the Planning Commission .

The minister stressed the need for strengthening and stabilising the democratic political system and also emphasised continuity in developmental policies to achieve the desired results of these policies and reforms.

He said that YDF was an initiative of the Planning Commission under which the youth were engaged to generate fresh ideas to take the country towards progress and development.

Ahsan Iqbal said that in the age of quality human resources, when it determined the phase of development, social sector of the country was weak and in the club of least developed countries, which he termed "a national dilemma".

"We need strong legs. We need to provide better health care facilities, eliminate poverty and inequalities from society," he said, adding that these developments will put Pakistan in the ranks of progressive countries.

He further said that during the 35 years of martial law in the country, social sector was badly neglected and less expenditure of 0.8 percent and 0.4 percent were made in health, education and other civic facilities.

The minister said that the government was trying to bridge these gaps and had allocated funds to enhance the outreach of health care facilities adding that it had launched Rs12.5 billion communities based social sector development programme to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs).

He said that the health sector in the country was facing different co-related challenges including poverty, water contamination and environmental hazards lake of preventive health care facilities.

The state of health care facilities in rural areas was deteriorating and facing a shortage of paramedics and other trained staff to operate available equipment.

Ahsan Iqbal said that the government has announced a health insurance scheme to provide quality health care facilities to the common man, and called upon the government, academia and civil society for pooling efforts to make the country economically strong by providing quality human resource.


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Anarchist Jun 27, 2014 04:08pm

Whats the point of democracy, or any form of populist government for that matter, without accountability. As the Model Town debacle shows, in our democracy rich and powerful get away with everything, while the poor are held accountable for even misdemeneours.

Shahbaz claims he does not know who ordered firing and what went wrong in Model Town for hours. I am not sure which is more serious; that he did not know or that he was party to this abuse of power. You decide. But either way he should have the decency to resign.

Our politicians always sing the mantra of 'trengthening democracy' because they know they can continue wth their looting, while ordinary ctizens suffer. What about strenghtening major state institutions, freeing police of political interferences, making judiciary truly independent, elminating executive impunity, improving on halth care and providing universal education til high school? Of what use is this 'democracy' to an average person?

bashir Jun 27, 2014 05:20pm

Pakistan should learn from china , if needed bring some experts from that country and chalk strategies to start human resource development which ensures industrial and technological development but first pakistan has to ensure peace prevails in the region and set aside its agendas of hatred and violence and concentrate on funding education and invest in science.

Khan Jun 27, 2014 06:24pm

let's pay taxes first.

MAlvi Jun 27, 2014 06:39pm

Ahsan Iqbal is an educated person. He got his engineering degree from USA. He comes from a political family, so ended up in politics.

In his speech, he is talking what his boss (Nawaz) wants him to talk, not necessarily his own thoughts. Ahsan, please wake up and be your own man, if you really want to be a leader of any worth.

abdul manan Jun 27, 2014 07:02pm

No doubt sir.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Jun 27, 2014 09:03pm

As an overseas Pakistani, who feels genuinely happy over the representative governments in the four provinces of Pakistan and in the Centre, I wish the present set-up continues. Right now Islamabad has a PML-N government, Sindh has a Peoples Party government, Punjab has a Muslim League government and KP has a Coalition government. Let the governments rule and complete their respective mandates.

The Pakistan Army if finally performing its job, for which the nation pays it.

syed wasim haider Jun 28, 2014 02:54pm

@bashir We have to learn from China that how they dealt with corrupt politicians and buerocrats. They took onl few weeks to decide to shoy dead the lady owner of the contaminated milk factory, they sacked and arrested their best railway planner after it was known that he bought many flats with illegal money. Can our country afford these type of actions and Mr. Dar knows better than any other Pakistani how to become rich quickly in Pakistan. I think he is not realistic in giving such a blatant statement.

SM Jun 28, 2014 05:28pm

Agreed let move forward and make Pakistan stronger instead crying over rigging, inqalab and other elements. Keep move forward PML (N) and make Pakistan strongest ever