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PM Imran expands ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ programme to three extra cities

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Prime Minister Imran Khan expanded the operations of the Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye [No one goes to bed hungry] programme to a few extra cities — Lahore, Faisalabad and Peshawar — on Sunday.

An announcement from the Prime Minister’s Workplace stated that the premier had introduced the extension of the programme earlier than the arrival of the holy month of Ramazan.

Whereas addressing the extension ceremony in Islamabad, he stated that originally a pilot programme of cellular kitchens (kitchens on vehicles) had been launched in Islamabad to evaluate what points would come up.

“Now you’ll be able to see it has been began in Peshawar, Lahore and Faisalabad. And that is the start — our concept is that we need to unfold a community of kitchens [and] meals on wheels throughout Pakistan and they’re going to then cowl all of the areas the place there’s probably the most poverty and other people sleep hungry.”

The prime minister stated that blessings and prosperity got here from God but it surely was as much as people to take the time for them. He stated he needed the workplace bearers in authorities and ministers to grasp that “their greatest accountability after coming into energy is in direction of the phase that’s poor”.

He questioned why Pakistan hadn’t adopted the trail set by the state of Medina regardless of being based within the title of Islam. “Despite the fact that our state of affairs is tough— there’s debt, little cash is left to spend on the folks — regardless of that, God’s order is to observe that path. This path is of rule of legislation and of humanity, that we take accountability for our poor phase.”

The premier stated that God’s blessings would shine upon Pakistan as soon as the state took accountability for delivering meals to individuals who could not afford them.

“We do not realise what an enormous asset is mendacity in our nation — the individuals who give charity. We’re among the many solely international locations the place folks give probably the most charity, we’re very fortunate folks,” stated the prime minister, including that the folks’s charity had supported the working of his Shaukat Khanum Memorial Most cancers Hospital.

The prime minister additionally cited different measures taken for the good thing about the poor equivalent to the federal government’s Panagah (shelter) programme and common well being protection.

Prime Minister Imran Khan concluded his handle by calling upon the general public to take part and donate to the programme with charity earlier than Ramazan. “That is the right means to take action. You’ll obtain our numbers and web site — take part in any means you’ll be able to. When authorities and other people be a part of arms, this community will unfold in complete Pakistan.”

The programme was launched in Islamabad and Rawalpindi final month underneath which the poor and labour courses could be supplied free meal packing containers twice a day via cellular vehicles at varied factors of the dual cities.

Underneath the programme, an idea of cellular kitchens was launched which might be plied everywhere in the nation to supply free meal to the needy and hungry folks. “Koi Bhooka Na Soye programme is the start of Pakistan’s transformation right into a welfare state,” the prime minister had stated on the launching ceremony.

Every meals truck feeds 1,500-2,000 folks each day on specified service factors. The meals are cooked, saved and served from a truck kitchen. Later this yr, the programme might be upscaled phase-wise to different components of the nation.