Gov’t committed to achieve SDGs in full spirit

ISLAMABAD:Secretary Ministry of Planning and Development Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui Monday said that the Government was committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in full spirit.

“The government of Pakistan, in line with its commitments to SGDs was in the process of finalizing a social protection framework,” he said while addressing a daylong National Dialogue organized by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms in partnership with HelpAge International. He said that it was a high time to pay attention to demographic transition happening all over the globe and focus on emerging development challenges posed as changing demographics are not just as numbers; they are the key determinations of our socio-economics and development policies for future development spectrum of the nation.

He said the government was also committed that all segments of the population, the young and the old men and women of all ages are provided opportunities to fully participate and contribute in the development process and also reap the benefits of growth and development .

Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui maintained that the present government was determined to invest in human development, to carry forward the agenda, the current government has increased the allocation to RS 115 billion in the 2016-17.

He said that under the Prime Ministers Health Program, more than one million eligible beneficiaries were enrolled who belonged to vulnerable and poor strata of the society and provided health insurance for the treatment of chronic conditions which mostly affect people in old age.