PTI government launches one of the largest ever Youth soft loan programme worth Rs 100 billions

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PTI government launches one of the largest ever Youth soft loan programme worth Rs 100 billions

ISLAMABAD: *PTI government launches one of the largest ever Youth soft loan programme worth over Rs 100 billions.*

Around 200,000 to 300,000 budding entrepreneurs are likely to get benefit of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES), a component of the government’s flagship Kamyab Jawan project launched to offer soft loan facility to those having workable business ideas.

“Only 15 to 25 per cent of the total applicants may get the concessionary loans under the ‘YES’ as it seems that some 50 to 60 per cent apparently applied in haste and got rejected for having no business plans,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar informed state run new agency while highlighting the current statistics of the loan scheme.

‘YES’ was launched under the banner of Kamyab Jawan Programme in October last year under which Rs 100 billion allocated for the youth and loans ranging from Rs 100,000 to Rs 5 million would be disbursed among the youth coming up with practicable business ideas.

“Some 1.3 million youth applied for the loan scheme in merely 15 days which brings it into international spotlight as a team of the United Nations has discussed this Kamyab Jawan programme for attracting such a large proportion of youth, the special assistant said.

The scheme was almost in the launching process as the applications were being scrutinized and verified by making phone calls, doing Smart Message Service (SMS) and carrying out a third-party verification of the applicants.

He assured that the allocated money belonged to youth and would be spent on deserving one.

He said the loans would be distributed on equitable basis as Rs 25 billion had been dedicated for the women under the YES exclusively. Initially, the soft loans would be distributed in Sindh and then extended to the other provinces.

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