Pakistanis residing in the UAE celebrated the country’s 75th Independence Day with national ardour and paid glowing tributes to the founding fathers.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is fulfilling its promises Imran Khan made during his election campaign. It is good to see that Imran Khan walks his talk, ordering concerned ministries to appoint facilitating officers of Grand-19 to look after overseas Pakistanis
“Around nine million overseas Pakistanis are the country’s asset,” the premier said at a ceremony held to launch the "Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme (SDRP)" – a move aimed at encouraging the use of formal channels.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also directed to establish special sections and desks in 34 sub-departments of 13 ministries for the facilitation of overseas Pakistanis.
Parliament allows voting rights for overseas Pakistanis. Resolution to allow overseas Pakistanis to vote for their favourite political parties in the next general elections is a big achievement of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.
The scheme will cost the government Rs450 billion and will provide free medical treatment to the people at government and private hospitals. Each family can avail treatment worth Rs1 million annually.
Talking about the cash handouts given to the people under the Ehsaas programme, the premier said that it had increased from Rs12,000 to Rs14,000. In addition, graduates would be given internships and paid Rs30,000, he added, without elaborating further.
“The question I used to face the most was about the visa ban. I want to clarify that there is no such ban on Pakistani workers coming to the UAE for work. In fact, more Pakistanis are being employed in different fields particularly in the delivery services sector,” he said.
Addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad, Imran said that e-passport carries various forms of security checks, adding that such extension of benefits to the overseas Pakistanis will ultimately benefit the country.
In a written reply during the question hour in the Senate, the ministry said as many as 6,24000 people got jobs in Saudi Arabia, while 2,92000 people left for the UAE for employment during the first three years of the incumbent government.