PM’s Health Insurance Scheme to be launched in 23 districts

ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Friday announced to launch Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme at a cost of nine billion rupees to provide insurance to the patients suffering from serious and contagious diseases.
Presenting budget for fiscal year 2015-16 in the national assembly session, he said initially the scheme is being launched in twenty-three districts, which will be expanded during the next three years to facilitate sixty percent poorest segments of the society.       
He said under this scheme, secondary medical coverage will also be provided in the tribal areas, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
He said under the PM Youth Business Loan Scheme, fifteen thousand loan applications have been approved while twenty thousand applications are under consideration. He said under this scheme, rate of markup is being reduced from eight to six percent in the next fiscal year.      
Ishaq Dar announced to provide internship to fifty thousand unemployed graduates having education of sixteen years during the next fiscal year.
He said under this scheme, twelve thousand rupees will be given as stipend to the internees. He said under the PM laptop scheme, seventy thousand laptops have been disbursed among the outstanding students, which will continue in the next fiscal year. He said for all these schemes, twenty billion rupees are being allocated.


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