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Pakistan Democracy Review: Did PPP implement its vision of Roti, Kapra, Makan? – by Raja Asad Abbas

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Pakistan Democracy Review 2010

Did PPP implement its vision of Roti, Kapra, Makan? – by Raja Asad Abbas

Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme – by Saad Hassan

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Some Unforgiven Crimes of Asif Ali Zardari -by Raja M Asad Abbas

‘Gift of Life’: An important step for the lives of millions of Pakistanis – by Hafsa Khawaja

Why the PPP government is good for Pakistan – by Fauzia Wahab

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The politically asexual ‘good governance and corruption mantra’ and the PPP’s ideology – by Ayesha Siddiqa

Pakistan Peoples Party has always contested general elections on the manifesto of Roti Kapra aur Makan (bread, clothes and house); they have always been criticized for not implementing their Mmnifesto but indeed to the extent they have implemented their manifesto, none other could have done with such limited resources.

The Manifesto which was given in 2008 by Pakistan Peoples Party was the same given by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto with a little amendment (education, employment and electricity generation). Pakistan Peoples Party under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari won the 2008 elections following the the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. After the formation of government in April 2008, Pakistan Peoples Party has been totally committed to their Manifesto.

Now let me briefly describe the implementation of Roti Kapra and Makan; and the steps taken by the government in pursuit of this goal.

1. BENAZIR INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAM (BISP)

The government started an Income Support Program in 2008 to uplift the economic position of the poorest of the poor, under which monthly aid of Rupees 1000 is given to the poors. To make the scheme effective, a poverty survey was ordered in all the four provinces to identify the real deservers

This program helps over 5 million families in whole of the country which is the real implementation of the manifesto.

2. BENAZIR WOMEN SUPPORT PROGRAM (BWSP) (by the Sindh Government)

The Sindh Government under the directives of President Zardari has started another program to support poor women in Sindh. Under this Scheme at the moment there are almost 1 million beneficiaries, in whole of the province which will prove beneficial not only for women but also for their families.

3. Waseela-e-Haq Scheme

Under the visionary leadership of co-chairman Asif Zardari, the PPP led government is working upon another project named as the Waseela-e-Haq Program under which a sum of  0.3 million is distributed  among 781 families in different districts of Pakistan every month. None of the families is repeated again (President Zardari recently distributed  a sum of 0.3 Million in 35 thousand families in the Provinces of Sindh). It is an ongoing scheme in all the 4 provinces of Pakistan.

4. Benazir Basti Scheme (BBS)

In order to provide houses to the poor, the PPP led government is building up 10,000 houses in different districts of Sindh. The work started in Septembver 2009; in the first phase more than 2500 Houses have been completed and 400 of them have been distributed to the deserving people.(President Zardari distributed the keys among the beneficiaries on 28 Jan 2010.) Another similar scheme namely Shaheed Benazir Apna Ghar Scheme is also in its phase of completion which was inaugurated by President Zardari on 25 December 2010.

5. Allotment of Lands to Peasants

The Government of Sindh has distributed 43800 acres of land to landless peasants in the first phase while 53000 acres of land is being distributed under the second phase; a total of 25 acre land is given to one family for the uplift of the family while fertilizers are also provided to them with some financial support at a scale of 4 acre area to uplift their family.

6. Goths Given Lease

Different Goths have been given lease which will prove beneficial for the residents as they will be given the basic needs of life

7. Benazir Tractor Scheme

Under this Scheme tractors have been given to farmers on a subsidized rate; a total of 50 % subsidy has been given to deserving farmers in various parts of the country.

8. Reinstatement of Sacked Employees

The PPP led government reinstated the employees who were sacked on by the previous governments (of Mian Nawaz Sharif and General Musharraf) due to political differences, but the Zardari government reinstated all of them; now they are once again able to lift up their families.

9. Permanent Employment for Contract Employees

All employees of various government departments who were working under contracts and who could be dismissed by their employers on short notice, have been made permanent employees; their pays and other benefits have been increased.

10. Employment to the Youth of Pakistan

The PPP led government is committed to provide employment to the youth of Pakistan. In the province of Sindh, more than 70,000 personnel have been employed in the Government Services while over 130,000 have been employed in Federal Government Services which is a major step taken by the government with very limited recourses

11.Benefits for Government Employees

The Basic Pays and other allowances of all government employees have been substantially increased  in 2010; 50 % basic pay while 15 % of the Allowances were increased, making a total of 65 % just within a year.

12. Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme

The PPP led government has made more than 500,000 workers a share holder of their respective institutions, thus implementing Islamic equality and socialism. They have made 12% employees as share holders in their institutions.

13. Pakistan Watan Card

An amount of Rs.20,000 has been given to every flood effected family in the first phase while the remaining Rs.80,000 will be given in the Second Phase.

14. Benazir Apna Rozgar Scheme

Deserving people have been given rickshaws to earn their living; numerous of other projects have been started under this Project

15. Benazir Sehat Card

Under this Scheme, more than 65,000 families have been given a medical Insurance of Rs.25,000 per person.

16.Generation of Electricity in National Grid

More than 3,000 MW of electricity has been introduced in the National Grid through different Power Plants (HILO POWER PLANT, Nishat, Korangi, JIMPER, Chasma, NAUDERO, Turkish Rental etc)

17.Inauguration and Completion of Dams

Small and Big Dams have been inaugurated and completed in the country such as Drawat Ghabir Winder BASHA Dams etc ; some of them are already operating such as Gomalzai, Lal Bhakar Dam, Deh Allah Bano and Others

18.Education

IT Universities, Engineering Universities, Medical Collages have been started in all of the country for a Prosperous Pakistan, just an example is the Lyari Medical Collage

19.Infrastructural Development

For the betterment of common people, the development work have been done to a great extent. Provincial and National Highways have been constructed all around the country with flyovers, underpasses, bridges etc, and the construction and rehabilitation of roads in different districts, which will play a positive role in a common people’s life.

20. Allotment of Plots to Homeless Poors

The Government of Sindh has planned to distribute 50,000 plots to poor and deserving homeless people.

There is a famous tale from Arabia, known as Laila Majnoon, that some one said to Majnoon (the lover) that “Teri Laila kaali hae” and Majnoo replied “Teri nigah nahi dekhne waali hae”. In short those who love PPP do not need any further reasons to love it when they can see its tangible services to the poor, and those who hate PPP will not be impressed by the data provided in this article. The above explanation is only for historians and neutral observers; we at LUBP are only setting the record straight.

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  • Wow. That is one good list and thank you Raja Asad for posting this boldly. Love the part about the conversation between Majnoon and his detractors

  • I am not a voter of PPP, but I am a student and supporter of Democracy.
    The biggest thing the PPP Govt. did, is the 18th amendment. This is the only written Social Contract (Umrani Mueahida) between the different nations of Pakistan after the 1973 Constitution. The different nations agreed upon 18th amendment. especially the small provinces will get great benefits and right from this amendment in the long term, as it gets implemented day by day.
    The 25-27 Subjects / Departments handed over to provinces, was the demand of the provinces and the nations from the very first day.
    Only the real democrates can understand the importance and benefits of this amendment.

  • A very sane analysis by Mr. Aftab Khan. Sky scrappers are raised only after laying the strongest foundation. The writer has produced some facts and figures but the problem is media and judiciary have joined hands together with top brass to topple the government. But I admire the will and nerve of both Asif Zardari and Gilani they are neither disheartened nor perturbed. They are trying to do the best in spite of great resistance in their way. They believe truth shall win in its ultimate course.

    I like the sentence of Gilani “I will resign but I will never write a letter to Swiss Magistrate”. Brave man.

    The only issue in which PPP has failed is the issue of Baluhistan. But it is because of total control of Army there. Through this small piece of comment, I want to convey to our Baluch brothers we (Sind & KPK and some sane persons from Punjab) are with you. You cry, we cry. You die, we die.

  • we need security first. do something to stop the terrorism and use of improvised explosive devices.

  • @Areej

    What i see is that in a consecutive Spell of 9 yrz Our Army kept on losing the War On Terror

    But under the Leadership of Zardari & with the support of the nation they won that war

  • kaha zardari ne sacked employees ko reinstate kya ha kpk ke sacked employees ab b strugle me ha apne reinstatment k leye zardari hamoosh bete hoye ha sare pak me sare sacked employees bahal ho chuke ha or kpk………….?

  • @nosher amin ap ko kahon ga

    Khol Aank Zameen dhek Falaq dhek fiza dheK

    Zara Thori search karien phr baat karien

  • authorities need to introduce a strategy against the manufacture of improvised explosive devices.

  • To
    The PM Pakistan( Mr. Raja Perviz Ashraf)
    Islamabad,
    Following is the text massage received from Anchor person , program ”
    AAP KA MASLA KIA HI”
    Anwar Bhai,
    Once a matter is decided by the High courts, the only remedy is
    to go
    to the Supreme. When a litigant loses in the courts, humanitarian grounds
    do not
    … come into play at all. I can feel your anguish but have to go to the
    supreme court
    and look for another job.

    2) On 30th August,12 I appeared Petitioner-in person in CP 1220/ 2012
    to the DB of Justice S Khwja & Khilji Arif Hussian in Supreme court of
    Pakistan. The respondent i.e Secretary Defence & AS-II had sent Mr.
    Ashique Hussian SO- Admin MoD. The said section officer is a retired
    employee and obtained 3rd extension in contract on Jan 2012. My
    litigation started when a contractual Judge named Mr Saghir Ahmed
    Qadri in LHC Pindi Bench dismissed my WP NO 1750/11. It is recalled
    that once an old woman brought a child to our Holy Prophet Hazrat
    Muhammad (PBUH) to pray for his child to stop eating sweet. our
    Prophet asked her to bring it tomorrow. On the second day, the said
    women asked him that ” Dwa” could have been prayed yesterday. Our
    Prophet said that he had taken sweet himself yesterday. It is very
    astonishing that the said Judge did not make judicious decision by
    hearing the said case.
    3) After getting kind permission, I had to recite Holy Quran;s
    Surat-u-Nisa verse in Apex court but I was not allowed by statement of
    Justice Khwaja that we were all Muslims. Anyhow, in my arguments I
    stated that there are two Principal Accounting Officers on Defence
    Developmental Budgets i.e Chairman SUPARCO & Sectt Defence. 50% of
    Budget is being provided without Monitoring at Defence Division level.
    3) In coincidence , Mr Arsalan i.e Son of Chief Justice was also
    sitting on adjacent chair to me. The same verse was voiced by the said
    judge in the written judgment of transferring his case from NAB to
    Shoib Saddal.
    4) I went to the Reader in break time but found that my Leave to
    Appeal was not granted. I submitted my request of the Order Sheet for
    Dated August 30, 2012.
    5) The astonishment is that why the said Bench-1 did not allow me to
    recite a verse of Quran??????????????? Is it that Pakistan which we
    were taught to be obtained on “Two Nations Theory” from India?
    6) I myself has no finances to file an ICA . I am jobless from more
    than 1 year. My family depends on me and my two years baby is getting
    mal-nourished ultimately becoming disabled in days to come.
    7) It is now humbly requested that my re-instatement as Research
    Officer , M&E Cell MoD by considered in up-coming sacked employees
    committee of Cabinet Division, chaired by Syed Khurshid Shah.

    Regards,
    ANWR ALI
    KPK Pakistan