ISLAMABAD - On the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chairperson PM’s Youth Programme Maryam Nawaz Sharif instructed the ministry of housing and works to pace up the work on the “Prime Minister’s Low Income Housing Programme - Apna Ghar” on war footing in order to provide suitable living units to the shelter-less masses.

Presiding over a special meeting to review the current status of PM’s Apna Ghar Scheme, here on Wednesday, she directed the high-ups to immediately devise a doable plan for providing 500,000 low cost houses to the low income people across the country. The meeting was called on the special directives of the prime minister to examine and remove the hiccups facing the scheme. Federal Secretary Younas Dhagha and other senior officials of the ministry of housing and works attended the meeting.

Apprising the chairperson, secretary ministry of housing and works revealed that no tangible development had been made in the scheme owing to the administrative and logistical issues and added that a sufficient amount of Rs 60 billion has been allocated for the purpose during the FY 2014-15. The meeting was further briefed that the provinces had identified the land for the PM’s Apna Ghar Scheme and the initial planning has been done for the 5 pilot projects across the country. The secretary assured the meeting that the project would be completed in a four-year phased plan.

Maryam directed the concerned officials of the ministry of housing and works to consult all the stakeholders and submit a comprehensive and feasible plan for the approval of the political leadership within a fortnight and added that no laxity would be accepted in implementation of the announced projects for the betterment of the masses.

The chairperson revealed that apart from working voluntarily for the PMYP, she would also work on the PM’s Apna Ghar Scheme to be implemented in letter and spirit as per announcement of the Prime Minister in October 2013.