PM Imran Khan launches Data4Pakistan Portal for poverty assessment from Pakistan

Data4Pakistan is the first initiative that has poverty assessments for every district in the country, along with additional 120 development and policy indicators.

Data4Pakistan

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan launched the Data4Pakistan Portal for poverty assessment in Pakistan, on Tuesday.

The portal will be a valuable resource for the federal, provincial and district-level policymakers, for decision-making. The initiative is a part of the Ehsaas strategy and has been developed in association with the World Bank.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Dr Sania Nishtar, said, “Data4Pakistan is the first initiative that has poverty assessments for every district in the country, along with additional 120 development and policy indicators.”

Nishtar further said that the portal currently has six rounds of district poverty and development statistics, covering the period of 2004-2018.

INDICATORS

The indicators currently available in the portal include a variety of demographic, education, health and employment data as well as access to essential services such as water, sanitation, gas and electricity.

PREVIOUS GOVERNMENTS

During his address, the Prime Minister blamed the previous governments for poverty in Pakistan and said his government has been correcting the misplaced priorities of those in power in the past.

The PM said, “Previously, the distribution of funds was directly connected to influence of the individuals. The major chunk of Punjab’s entire development budget is spent on a few of the constituencies of influential people. More than half of the province’s development budget was consumed on Lahore alone.”

“This is the reason the gap between the rich and the poor broadened, leading to an alarming increase in poverty in Pakistan. However, the damage done by the rulers in the past are being corrected now. The current government is here for this purpose, to serve the people and bring a positive change in their lives,” the Prime Minister added.

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