Govt’s every claim about economic growth has proved false: Ch Parvez Elahi

Lahore: 01-03-2016: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi has said that every claim of govt about economic growth has proved false, all economic indicators are going against the govt, during our govt in Punjab one crore people had crossed poverty line and 70 lakhs got employment in 5 years.

He said this while talking to party leaders regarding reorganization and to the journalists at his residence here today.

He said foreign debt in their tenure has already doubled to the record level of 66 billion dollars whereas during our tenure Pakistan was the only Asian country which had succeeded in getting out of shackles of the World Bank and said good bye to it on repaying all its debt but today every Pakistani is under debt of Rs 1.02 lakh, Nawaz Sharif has even placed coming generations of Pakistan under debt.

He said even foreign investment has been reduced to half as compared to our tenure and last year only 2.6 billion dollar foreign investment was made, according to the Economic Survey Report growth rate of present govt is only 4.2 per cent which was 7.8 per cent in 2007, today dollar is Rs 106 whereas it was Rs 61 in 2007, poverty and unemployment have increased so much that the govt has stopped publishing ratio in the Economic Survey Report which was 60 per cent in Survey Report 2014 and was even less than 20 per cent in 2007 during our tenure.

Responding to a question regarding oil prices, Ch Parvez Elahi said that during our tenure oil prices in the international had risen by record level but we kept price hike under control, today despite record reduction in oil prices price hike is increasing further, as such the govt claim is just a white lie that economic indicators are going in its favour.

About new report of Transparency International, he said that the journalists know that Adil Gilani is their personal servant and these reports are prepared in Raiwind.

Describing Health Card scheme as a bigger drama than Mobile Heath Unit, Ch Parvez Elahi questioned as to where are Mobile Health Unit, Sasti Roti and other show off schemes, they intend to shower favours on the private hospitals of N-Leaguers because if they Health Card to the govt hospitals then neither medicines will be available nor bed because they are advertising to lease out failed govt hospitals on contract. He said out of Rs 24 billion allocated to health sector in the provincial budget only Rs 3 billion have been spent so far and Lahore High Court remarks are that the Punjab Govt is not paying any attention to health sector, entire funds are being spent on Orange Line train. He said all mega health sector projects which we had started have been scrapped, about four thousand patients have expired due to Wazirabad Cardiology Hospital being continuously non-functional, free medicines are not being provided in govt hospitals. He said so much so that donations are being asked for 1122, Shahbaz Sharif has not held any meeting regarding recue service after 2010, heart patients get a one year late date Punjab Institute of Cardiology, four children are lying on one bed in Children Hospital, neither incubators nor ventilators are there

Describing the reorganization campaign as quite satisfactory, Ch Parvez Elahi said that circumstances are changing speedily, people will return to the fold of PML with motorway speed. #

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