Centre not Serious , CM

Poverty Reduction Program launched


Karach: (News Alert Report)

Sindh Chief Minister Syed MuradAli Shah has said that the federal government is not serious about running constitutional bodies, which was evident from the fact that the prime minister left the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting without getting the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) approved. The next day, the national media had carried the news that the PSDP was approved.

CM Shah told mediamen alongwith PPP Sindh President Nisar Khuhro, Excise Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Information Adviser Murtaza Wahab and Adviser on Jails Aijaz Jakhrani.

The chief minister said that the NEC was a 13-member constitutional body headed by the prime minister and was mandated to meet twice a year. This was the first meeting of the year, he added.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided over a meeting on Monday to finalise the Social Protection Strategy, under which poverty reduction programmes were being planned to be launched in the next budget, in order to implement Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) election manifesto pledges.

The meeting was attended by Adviser to CM on Information, Law and Anti-Corruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab, CM Coordinator Hariz Gazdar, Planning and Development Chairperson Naheed Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Finance Secretary Najam Shah and other officers.

The CM said that the PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has directed him to launch social protection programmes as announced in the 2019 election. These programmes would focus on poverty reduction and provide social security to the marginalised sections of the population, he added.

These programmmes include projects for poverty reduction, family health, mother and child support programme, Benazir Hari Card, Benazir Women Agricultural Workers Programme and Internship Guarantee Programme.

According to the CM, some of the poverty reduction programmes were already going-on under different departments but now they would be grouped under a single department so that proper focus is ensured. He directed Naheed Shah to establish a separate unit in her department, in this regard.

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