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October 31, 2010

KP extends Bacha Khan Poverty Alleviation Programme


October 31, 2010


PESHAWAR: The provincial government has decided to extend Bacha Khan Poverty Alleviation Programme (BKPAP) to the next financial year and directed the Finance and Planning and Development departments to prepare a plan and ensure funds allocation for the project in the next budget.
The directives were issued at a meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti a few days back. Finance Minister Humayun Khan, Chief Secretary Ghulam Dastagir Akhtar and Secretary for Finance Sahibzada Saeed, Chairperson of Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) Munawer Humayun, Chief Executive Officer Masoodul Mulk, Coordinator Omer Mohammed, former chief secretary Muhammad Azam Khan, Alamzeb and former Managing director of the Bank of Khyber Bashir Ahamd were among those who attended the meeting.
The BKPAP was initiated in Upper Dir, Battagram, Karak and Mardan districts with yearly budgetary allocation of Rs501 million to set up 1,800 rural organisations, provide training to 11,000 people and small loans to 2,600 people. The project was designed to set up 400 irrigation and water schemes and 920 model fruit and vegetable orchards.
The programme is being executed through a non-governmental development organisation, Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP).
The programme is a two-year pilot multi-sector poverty alleviation programme of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and it covers four districts of Mardan, Karak, Battagram and Upper Dir.
The total cost of the programme
is Rs1,500 million. According to the provincial government performance report, the main components of the programme include social mobilisation, social protection, and livelihood strengthening.
The programme is the first of its kind introducing micro-insurance services for the community households to mitigate unforeseen social and health related shocks. The programme has so far completed 37 community-owned and managed small infrastructure schemes apart from other various schemes in the areas of community

skill trainings, agriculture and livestock.
It has also created a community
investment fund in the communities
of the respective districts, owned and managed by the community themselves
to meet their livelihood requirements
on need basis without any external support.
The chief minister was given a detailed briefing on the BKPAP at the meeting, wherein he said the BKPAP was playing an effective role in the provision of employment opportunities, social security, development, health insurance to deserving and poor people and training in technical sector.
CEO of SRSP Masoodul Mulk told The News that the project’s interventions in the designated district were getting overwhelming response from the communities.
The project was helping the communities in the respective districts to develop and grow independently through social mobilisation and social protection, he added.




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