LAHORE - Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif yesterday. Matters of mutual interest and ongoing programmes for the help of poorest families were discussed during the meeting.

The CM told her that welfare of masses and improving their living standard was top priority of the government. He said billions of rupees are being spent for the less privileged people.

He said a number of programmes for the betterment of downtrodden people and welfare of common man are continuing successfully in Punjab. He said that Punjab Khidmat Card Programme has been launched for the provision of interest-free loans and free vocational training for the rehabilitation, welfare and financial assistance of deserving special persons. Shahbaz said that full assistance is being provided to special persons for making them active and useful member of the society.

He said that two lakh deserving special persons of the province will benefit from this programme. He said that Rs 3600 are being given quarterly to the deserving special persons under this programme. He said that two billion rupees have been allocated for the first phase of Punjab Khidat Card Programme.

The Chief Minister said that Punjab Khidmat Card is a revolutionary programme for the provision of vocational training and financial assistance to special persons enabling them stand on their own feet.