ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant on social protection and poverty alleviation, Dr Sania Nishtar, said Sunday the Kifalat Programme — under the Ehsaas initiative umbrella — would be launched in 15 districts within a few weeks to empower the society’s poor segments.
Speaking to APP in an interview, she said an additional amount of Rs8.6 billion would be spent on the Kifalat Programme, which would be expanded to 34 districts in March and more till 2020.
Dr Nishtar noted that a socioeconomic survey of 216 villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir was completed under Kifalat Programme to include all women who had their Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) without any condition.
These women frequently suffered from economic losses as a result of India’s ceasefire violations in the list of beneficiaries, she said.
The special assistant said another milestone would be the launching of a shock-oriented precision safety net, called “Tahafaz,” by next month — also under the Ehsaas initiative umbrella — for the vulnerable to protect them against shocks.
The “Tahafaz” initiative included provision of one-time financial assistance for the protection of deserving folks against catastrophic events, assistance to poor widows who do not have any other earning family members, and legal aid.
A partnership with NGOs to upscale successful programmes for orphans, street children, seasonal migrants, transgender people, victims of child and bonded labour, and daily wage workers would also be components of this initiative, she said.
Dr Nishtar mentioned that efforts were being carried out to bring transparency in each and every programme as per the PM’s vision.
Details of 14,730 government employees of the total 820,165 undeserving beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support programme (BISP) identified in a recent move to make the programme transparent would be sent to relevant departments for further legal action.