‘Government’s Ehsaas Program will lift 6m women out of poverty’

BISP's official showed great optimism with the program, saying it will particularly eradicate gender discrimination in Pakistan.

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  • According to BISP officials, government’s Ehsaas program will lift 6m women out of poverty. 
  • BISP has decided to start two new schemes, Kifalat and Tahafuz under Ehsaas program. 
  • The programs will work on financial and digital inclusion of women under the poverty reduction program. 

Ehsaas

According to a Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) official, the government’s new scheme for poverty reduction, Ehsaas, is expected to lift 6m women out of poverty. BISP and Ehsaas are collaborating for two new schemes Kifalat and Tahafuz. The schemes will be starting in the on-going fiscal year and are aimed at providing financial and digital inclusion of around six million women.

Kifalat and Tahafuz will work to provide health and nutrition facilities to marginalized families in the most underprivileged and remote areas of the country. Through one woman one bank account policy, Kifalat will provide financial independence to Pakistani women while Tahafuz will take care of health and nutrition facilities to families living in remote areas of Pakistan.

BISP to build 500 digital hubs:

The official said that PTI-led incumbent government allocated Rs. 124.7 billion for BISP for the fiscal year 2018-19. The program currently provides monthly cash stipend to 5.7 million beneficiaries out of the 7.7 million eligible families identified by the Poverty Scorecard survey in 2010.

BISP is further working to extend financial independence as it will also be assisting its beneficiaries through business incubation. Around 500 digital hubs will be established in eight tehsil offices for the purpose.

BISP introduces Whistle Blowing Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy:

To ensure transparency, BISP has also introduced a Whistle Blowing Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy. By introducing that, the board aims at providing employees with a safe platform to report any irregularity, embezzlement, fraud, wrongdoing confidentially, without any fear of adverse consequences.

The official says that the board’s decision reflects management’s seriousness in dealing with corruption and improve productivity.

”Senior management and board members would be required to declare any personal interest and would have to distance themselves from any decision where they have any interest,” he said.


Also See: Benazir Income Support Programme Has Put 3.5m Children Back In School

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