Sindh Govt set to start poverty reduction, healthcare programmes

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Sindh Govt set to start poverty reduction, healthcare programmes

Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that in order to implement Pakistan Peoples Party election manifesto, his government has embarked upon launching new seven different programmes including poverty reduction, food security, family health, Benazir women agricultural workers programme.

He announced this while presiding over a high level Meeting at CM House, Karachi. The Meeting was attended by Mumtaz Shah, Chief Secretary, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Health Minister Sindh, Ismail Rahu, Minister Agriculture, Murtaza Baloch, Minister Labour, Saeed Ghani, Minister Local Government, Shehla Raza, Minister Women Development, Murtaza Wahab, Advisor to CM on Information and the secretaries concerned.

Haris Gazdar, Coordinator for Social Protection gave a detailed presentation on the proposed programmes. The proposed programmes include Bhook Mitao programme, Family health programme, Maternal and Child Support, Peoples Poverty reduction, Benazir Kissan programme, Benazir Women Agricultural Workers programme and Internship Gurantee Programme.

Under Bhook Mitao Programme necessary measures would be taken to provide food security, nutrition and ensure proper pricing of agricultural commodities/crop. Under this programme wheat procurement system would be redesigned and revamped just to give benefit to poor and small farmers.

Family Health programme is proposed to be launched by health department under which over health facilities and services would be provided to all people, particularly the poor ones and female. There is also a proposal to issue health card to provide free treatment to all the citizens. This programme will ensure primary health service.

Maternal and Child Support programme would be launched by health dept and would cover family planning and provide necessary facilities for maternal and child health. Under this programme there is a proposal to give an amount of money to mothers for certain period and provide health services and develop social protection system. .

Under Peoples Poverty Reduction small-scale livelihood support would be made to rural women. Presently, World Bank supported Sindh Rural Support Organisation is working in selected district and the proposal is widening its scope and impact.

Under Internship Guarantee internship for educated youth, partnership with public/private would be guarantees. The educated rural and urban youth, particularly from non-privileged background would be entitled to take benefit from this programme.

Earlier, Syed Murad Ali Shah constituted different groups in health education, health and agriculture sectors under the concerned ministers and secretaries to firm up their recommendations and mechanism for launching these programmes from next year’s budget.