Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said on Saturday that the programmes started by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) regime were only for their own benefit.
Addressing a press conference flanked with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar he said that PML-N had appointed Maryam Safdar the head of the Prime Ministerâ€™s Youth Loan scheme.
He said that the PML-N distributed only Rs 26 billion under this programme during its tenure.
The minister said that the target of the Kamyab Jawan programme would be increased to Rs 50 billion.
In the past, the minister said that â€œpolitical briberyâ€ programmes were started in the name of youth.
â€œNawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif used to start various programmes only for their own publicityâ€, he said adding that he was grateful to Usman Dar for bringing the youth out of political bribery programmes. He said that the programmes launched in the past had weakened the countryâ€™s economy.
Farrukh Habib said that now a transparent system had been introduced in the Kamyab Jawan programme and banks were persuaded to provide loans to the youth. A large number of young people were looking for jobs, Farrukh Habib said.
He said that loans worth Rs. 40 billion have been sanctioned for the youth and 22,000 new businesses had been established with the approved loan amount.
He said under this programme, start-ups have been promoted and out of Rs 30 billion, Rs 12 billion was provided to start-ups as this programme was for those who lacked resources. In the first phase, a loan up to Rs. 1 million can be obtained without guarantee, the Minister of State said.
He said that women also participated actively in the programme and benefited from it.
Farrukh Habib said that 3,000 new businesses had also been started in Sindh through the Kamyab Jawan programme.
He said that loans had been given not on political grounds but on merit in a transparent manner as Prime Minister Imran Khan believed in transparency.
The minister said that Rs 30 billion had been distributed under the Kamyab Jawan Programme and 50,000 jobs have been provided.
He said that Rs 10 billion had been allocated for the â€œSkills for Allâ€ programme and 25,000 youth have benefited from this programme. The target for Pakistanâ€™s IT exports this year was $ 3 billion, he added.
He said that the nationwide Talent Hunt Programme had also been started in collaboration with HEC to involve the youth in various activities.