One Window Ehsaas to be upscaled nationwide : Dr. Sania

she said that One Window Ehsaas was being unscaled nationwide while 20 other Ehsaas programs were also running, including Ehsaas Langars, Ehsaas Panagahs and Ehsaas Koye Bhooka Na Soye.

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ISLAMABAD, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr. Sania Nishtar on Friday said that Ehsaas programme, initiated by the government, was totally impartial and transparent.

Responding to a question during Senate proceedings, she said that One Window Ehsaas was being unscaled nationwide while 20 other Ehsaas programs were also running, including Ehsaas Langars, Ehsaas Panagahs and Ehsaas Koye Bhooka Na Soye.

She said that a comprehensive report would be issued regarding Ehsaas programme very soon.

She said that opposition members should give suggestions for further improving Ehsaas projects instead of criticizing before the media.

Sania Nishtar said that Benazir Income Support (BISP) was an institution and not related to Panagahs or Langarkhanas. She said that many inquiries were underway due to corruption in BISP.

She said that Ehsaas Kafaalat provided cash stipends of Rs. 2,000 monthly to the most deserving and poorest women across the country.

She said that ‘Conditional Cash Transfers’ was also an important pillar of Ehsaas.

She said that Ehsaas Emergency Cash program has been launched in the context of the economic hardship being experienced by the people due to the on-going coronavirus crisis.

She said that the program covered more than 15 million families with a total budget of Rs. 203 billion.

Adding to this, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar emphasized that there is the possibility of making quantum changes in the delivery capability of governments through bold policy, solid data and an unwavering commitment to integrity and transparency.

Dr. Sania was speaking in this year’s side event to the 2021 UN General Assembly, organized by OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN).

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sania said, “I am delighted to be at this event, which Pakistan had the pleasure to co-host last year, and to hear such emphatic commitment to using data-rich instruments such as the MPI to guide strategic responses in social protection and emergency response policies.”

“Metrics such as the MPI are our friends – they help tremendously shape public policy efficiently. Our experience with Ehsaas, she said, has taught that it is possible to make quantum changes in the delivery capability of governments. But to do so, bold policy, solid data, proactive management, and an unwavering commitment to integrity, transparency, and the whole of government mobilization is needed”, she further added.

The theme of this year’s event was “Envisioning a More Equitable Future: Using Multidimensional Poverty Indices as a Policy Tool”.

The event convened global leaders with a demonstrated commitment to tackling the multidimensional effects of the pandemic on the lives of people living in poverty.

Speakers shared innovations in poverty measurement and reduction, as well as challenges and lessons learned from using MPIs to respond to the crisis and ensure that no one is left behind.

At the session, the leadership panel consisted of Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana and Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica.

Alongside Dr. Sania, other ministers who joined the ministerial panel were: Biswo Nath Poudel, Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Nepal; Obeth Mbuipaha Kandjoze, Minister of Planning, Namibia; Fitsum Assefa Adela, Commissioner of the Planning and Development Commission, Ethiopia; Shamsul Alam, State Minister of Planning, Bangladesh; Ariunzaya Ayush, Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Mongolia; Samheng Boros, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation, Cambodia; Jinanggoon Rojananan, Deputy Secretary General of National Economic and Social Development Council, Thailand; and Tan Weiping, Deputy Director-General of International Poverty Reduction Center in China.

The institutional panel brought together David Stewart, Chief of Child Poverty and Social Protection, UNICEF; James Foster, Vice Dean and Professor, George Washington University; and Michelle Muschett, Senior Public Policy Advisor, OPHI, University of Oxford along with Vice President of Human Development, World Bank.

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