Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday officially launched the federal government’s Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme.
The scheme was launched at an event held in Islamabad where Housing and Works Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema, Finance Minister Asad Umar and various other government officials were also present.
The prime minister, during his speech, explained that housing did not feature high on his priority list originally but an incident changes his way of thinking about the industry.
“My first priority was health, education and employment,” the premier admitted. “But then I found out about a soon-to-be retiring government employee who was told that the only two ways his family could retain their government residence was if his son got inducted in the same department of if he died while on duty.”
“That man jumped off a building the next day,” the prime minister said, adding that “it was then that I realised how difficult it is for the salaried class to gather funds required for building houses.”
One hundred and thirty five thousand houses will be built in the first phase of what is one of federal government’s flagship projects, RadioPakistan reported.
In the initial phase of the scheme, 110,000 housing units will be constructed in Balochistan for the fishermen of Gwadar, whereas 25,000 units will be built in Islamabad for government employees.
More details to follow