Ehsaas Programme to ensure poverty alleviation: President
President Dr. Arif Alvi has said all the institutions including health and education must work together to bring social change and alleviate poverty from the country.
He was addressing a seminar on ‘Poverty Alleviation in Pakistan: Learning from Success Stories, here on Wednesday. The President said Ehsaas Programme launched by the PTI government is a significant step towards poverty alleviation through vocational training of the people and empowering the women.
Arif Alvi said bringing improvement in education and health sectors as well as eradicating corruption and poverty are major challenges. The President also stressed for sensitizing the opinion makers including the media and the parliament regarding the poverty alleviation. He said there is also need to create awareness amongst people about the government’s poverty alleviation programme.
In her remarks on the occasion, Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Sania Nishtar gave a comprehensive overview of Ehsaas Programme, saying its main target is to ensure one window social welfare.
In her opening remarks on the occasion said that social protection and poverty alleviation is the foremost priority of the Prime Minister and therefore, Ehsaas program is a well-timed step in Pakistan’s quest for alleviating poverty.m In order to expedite the implementation of Ehsaas, the Prime Minister is driving the program himself. This social safety and poverty alleviation program will help steer prosperity for the marginalized and deprived segments of Pakistani society, she added.
Further she shared that ‘knowledge and thought partnerships’ are very crucial for results-based implementation of Ehsaas framework and that there is no need to reinvent the wheel when the capacity already exists within the government and state system. Hence, Ehsaas wishes to draw on these prevailing knowledge competences, she said.