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Pakistan

Web Desk
April 8, 2019

PM Imran releases policy statement on his poverty-alleviating Ehsaas programme

Pakistan

Web Desk
Mon, Apr 08, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan released the policy statement of his poverty alleviation programme Ehsaas, on Monday.

Turning to Twitter, the premier stated: “I am pleased to release my policy statement on #Ehsaas, my priority poverty reduction programme with its 4 focus areas and 115 policy actions to reduce inequality, invest in people, and uplift lagging districts.”

The policy statement of the programme, PM Khan has recapped his determinations stating that it comes as part of his vision to create a welfare state.

"Ehsaas is about the creation of a ‘welfare state’ by countering elite capture and leveraging 21st century tools—such as using data and technology to create precision safety nets; promoting financial inclusion and access to digital services; supporting the economic empowerment of women; focusing on the central role of human capital formation for poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development; and overcoming financial barriers to accessing health and post-secondary education," it states.

PM Khan stated that in order to fulfill the purpose, tools and technology will be utilized to form precision safety nets and to stimulate financial inclusion besides backing empowerment of women economically.

The premier further stated the programme’s principles center on tapping multi-sectoral collaboration for resolutions to certify joint federal-provincial leadership and to mainstream the role of the private sector.

"Ehsaas’ poverty reduction strategy is articulated in four pillars and it currently embodies 115 policy actions, which may be expanded as the process of consultations on the program, further widens. The four pillars include: addressing elite capture and making the government system work to create equality; safety nets for disadvantaged segments of the population; jobs and livelihoods; and human capital development," the policy statement reads.

He had stated the Ehsaas programme is for the underprivileged, unemployed farmers, labourers as well as those students from circles of adversity as well as for poor women and the elderly.