Implementing Ehsaas Program

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As a major and positive step towards the implementation of Ehsaas Programe, the dynamic Dr Sania Nishar is making big decisions and has formed different working groups in this regard. To accelerate implementation of Ehsaas and to discuss the roles, key respective areas of execution and monitoring mechanisms of different organizations involved in the implementation of Ehsaas Program, she recently held a meeting with relevant stakeholders.

All the organizations involved in implementing Ehsaas were given roles that were mutually reinforcing and that there was every effort made to exploit synergy. BISP is being mandated to run cash transfers, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal’s role is to be responsible for demand side social protection whereas the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation has the responsibility for poverty graduation.

She wants to ingrain the culture of collaboration, and hence cross-organizational committees were being made. In addition, there is a special emphasis on governance and integrity, which is why we have launched the Governance and Integrity policy last week” she said. Further to avoid duplication among the implementing organizations, an online portal will be set up to provide one window visibility of all social safety and poverty alleviation interventions being carried out under Ehsaas.

It is welcoming fact that BISP has all the technical infrastructure in hand to share database facilities with all the concerned stakeholders for identification and targeting of beneficiaries based on poverty score card (PSC). The supply centered role of BISP under Ehsaas program as its national socio-economic registry survey will provide the basis for all policy interventions to be executed under Ehsaas.

Under Ehsaas, as many as 150 schools for marginalized will be rehabilitated, 150 women empowerment centers (educational and vocational set ups) will be supported for socio-economically uplifting rural women. In addition, 5 old people homes will be developed under Ehsaas. It aims to graduate the poorest households out of poverty and set them on a course of economic and social prosperity.

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