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Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the launching ceremony of the Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme in Islamabad on November 25, 2021. — PID
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the launching ceremony of the Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme in Islamabad on November 25, 2021. — PID 
  • PM Imran Khan launches Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme.
  • Programme to award factors to abroad Pakistanis for remittances.
  • PM lauds abroad Pakistanis for contributing to nation’s economic system.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday pressured the necessity to incentivise and supply VIP remedy to abroad Pakistanis as they despatched remittances to the nation.

The premier was addressing the launching ceremony of the Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme (SDRP), which is able to award factors to abroad Pakistanis for sending remittances by means of the authorized channels, Radio Pakistan reported.

The prime minister mentioned 9 million abroad Pakistanis have been “immensely contributing to the country’s economy”.

PM Imran Khan mentioned the federal government appreciated their function in serving to to bridge the hole between exports and imports — as remittances despatched by them barely offset the widening present account deficit.

The federal government is decided to increase all potential facilitation to abroad Pakistanis to encourage them to ship their cash by means of banking channels, the prime minister mentioned.

Additional, the premier mentioned abroad Pakistanis may now purchase homes and spend money on actual property by means of the Roshan Digital initiative. He mentioned the federal government was engaged on a plan to present them concession in taxes as effectively.

For his half, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin mentioned the programme was a “thanksgiving” to abroad Pakistanis.

The adviser mentioned earlier banks have been rewarded for attracting remittances, however now, for the primary time, abroad Pakistanis will profit from it by scoring factors within the app.

“The gap between our exports and imports is bridged by our Pakistanis living abroad,” the adviser mentioned.

In the meantime, Governor State Financial institution Reza Baqir mentioned all residence remittances despatched from wherever on the earth by means of authorized channels are eligible for inclusion within the SDRP.

Moreover, funds obtained in Roshan Digital Accounts that are consumed domestically by means of conversion, and thus turn into non-repatriable, additionally qualify for inclusion in this system, he mentioned.

The governor termed the launch of SDRP one other step in the direction of digitalisation and monetary inclusion that may play a big function within the digital onboarding of abroad Pakistanis and their beneficiaries in Pakistan.

The cell software of SDRP is accessible on Android and iOS platforms.

Below the SDRP, if a person sends remittance to the restrict of $10,000 or equal in a single fiscal yr, then they are going to be awarded 1% as a reward and allotted a inexperienced card class, an announcement from the Finance Ministry mentioned.

Equally, for remittances despatched by a person between $10,000 and $30,000 or equal, the remitter could be given 1.25% as a reward and categorized into the gold card class, the assertion mentioned.

Lastly, for remittances of greater than $30,000 or equal, they are going to be awarded 1.5% as a reward and allotted a platinum card class, the assertion mentioned.

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