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Jun 18, 2013
Budget 2013-14: Govt. of Punjab announced a unique and first of its kind initiative labeled as “Health Insurance Card Scheme” for the common-man in the province.
This project aims at providing free of cost medical treatment to the less-privileged to relieve their burden and ensure their health. Govt. of Punjab will continue to offer the facility of Free Dialysis, and free medicines in District Head Quarter (DHQ) and Tehsil Head Quarter (THQ) hospitals. To ensure “Clean Water” for everyone, Water Filtration Plants will be installed starting from the rural areas of the Punjab. Children Hospital Multan, Burn Center in Nashtar Hospital Multan, Cardiology & Thalassemia Centers in Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur and Sheikh Zyed Hospital Rahim Yar Khan are to be completed in this fiscal year. Drug Testing Laboratories and Food Testing Laboratories will also be established to ensure their Quality Standards.
Education Reforms introduced by CM Shahbaz Sharif in his previous tenure (2008-13) will continue and expand as proposed in the Punjab Budget 2013-14. To meet the Millennium Development Goals, Punjab aims at 100% Enrollment and Retention of kids at Primary Schools. With CM’s Education Sector Reform Program, so far 57 lac new male kids and 48 lac new female kids have become part of our Education system. Provision of missing facilities in Schools, Equipping Schools with IT Labs & Science Laboratories, Free Text Books, Scholarships to encourage students are some of the top priorities set under CM’s Education Sector Reform Program. 7 new universities will be established at Rakh Dera Chahil which will be termed as “Knowledge City”. Medical & Commerce Colleges will be established. Private schools charging more than Rs. 5000/month will have to enroll 10% students from less-privileged class on merit and a law will be passed from Punjab Assembly in this regard. Punjab Education Foundation, Punjab Education Endowment Fund, Daanish Schools, Solar Home Systems and Laptops project will also continue. Sub-Campus of Lahore College for Women University at Kala Shah Kaku and Technology University of International standards at Sialkot are also proposed in the Budget. (