ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said the PTI government did not want to limit poverty alleviation to the financial assistance alone, but wanted a durable solution of this issue by reforming various sectors and creating job opportunities in the country.
He called for utilizing the local government system at lower tier so as to reach the needy and avoid the wastage of spending.
The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting about poverty alleviation and related reforms here, during which he was given a detailed briefing on poverty alleviation, related measures and reforms besides deliberations on a comprehensive and coordinated strategy.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Adviser on Establishment Muhammad Shehzad Arbab, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Dr. Sania Nishtar, MD Baitul Mall Aon Abbas Buppi, CEO National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) Dr. Rasheed Bajwa, CEO Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO Pakistan Micro Investment Company Yasir Ashfaq and other officials.
The Prime Minister said that the most important issue in health sector was stunted growth, which would deprive our children from equal opportunities of development and there was a need to take immediate steps in this respect.
He also urged the need of enhanced coordination among various sectors including health, education, food, environment and others to check stunted growth.
The meeting was briefed about the promotion of technical education, enhancing job opportunities, outreach of financial assistance, low cost housing, social security and Sehat Insaf Card.
The meeting was briefed that with Balochistan and formerly known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) most affected, stunted growth was causing an annual loss of 3% to the country’s economy in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).