Islamabad: On Wednesday, Pakistan premier Imran Khan has announced Pakistan’s most ‘biggest and the boldest’ poverty alleviation programme. The programme is titled under ‘Ehsas’. For this purpose, an additional amount of Rs 80 billion have been dedicated to social protection.
Inspired by Riyasat-e-Madina, Imran Khan is all geared up to help and protect the poor and needy by giving them equal opportunities and to uplift them. “This is what Ehsas is about. It is for the extremely poor, orphans, widow, homeless, disabled, sick, undernourished, jobless, poor elderly persons, poor students, poor women and most importantly for making my government pro-poor,” he stated while explaining the basics of this programme.
To protect and secure individuals he has also introduced a precision safety net called ‘Tahafuz’. The system will ensure the safety of the nationals.
The premier further stated, “We also have plans to graduate BISP beneficiaries out of poverty for the most backward districts. A programme for asset transfers worth Rs5 billion in five districts has additionally been launched through ‘Kafalat’. In addition, a programme for asset transfer and training worth Rs14 billion in 23 poor districts has been launched through the PPAF National Poverty Graduation Program.”
Speaking on this occasion, the Chairperson Poverty Alleviation Coordination Council Sania Nishtar has said that the poverty alleviation programme has been prepared after extensive consultation under the leadership of the Prime Minister Imran Khan.
She presented the poverty statistics through maps showing the development of disparities in different parts of the country.
She said 25 percent people of the country, which means every fourth person, are living below the poverty line and they are deprived of even two-time meal. She said 40 percent of people in the country lack basic facilities of life. She said 41 percent of children could not grow up properly due to malnutrition. The new agenda of the government will meet all these societal problems.