We will establish a special mechanism to supplement existing poverty alleviation efforts in the poorest districts across Sindh, Punjab, KP and Balochistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan launched ‘Ehsas programme’, a Rs80 billion poverty alleviation programme aimed at the downtrodden people with food, shelter, clothing, education and health. He said that the first change under this programme would be amending Article 38(D) of the Constitution from the “Principles of Policy” section into the “Fundamental Rights” section, making it a fundamental right for all citizens to be given food, shelter, education and health facilities by the State. The amount of Rs80 billion would be raised to Rs120 billion by 2021.
The PM also announced the establishment of a new Ministry of Social Protection/Poverty Alleviation. Various institutions like the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), PBM, Zakat and PPAF would be working under that ministry. The purpose is to bring all these institutions together as there is little coordination among them.