CM Murad believes poverty is decreasing in Sindh province – Latest News – The Nation

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has claimed that his government has reduced poverty in the province through the intervention of the People’s Poverty Reduction Program (PPRP), which was launched in 2010 in some regions and will be replicated in Sindh.
While answering questions from the Sindh Assembly, CM Murad said that the program was designed for the rural community to empower women who are the real engine in generating the economic resources for the household.
“Under the income-generating grant, money is provided to women to generate income. Women are given different grants of up to 30,000 rupees to purchase livestock and other commodities,” he said.
CM Murad said around 54,415 women were supposed to be covered, but so far 32,000 have benefited from the scheme.
Giving credit for the program to PPP Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Chief Minister added that starting from some areas of Sukkur division in 2010, the program was expanded to six districts in Sindh in 2015, and that it is now launched across the province. “It’s a three-level social mobilization approach. We, with the local organization and the community-led solution, mobilize the women to start the business and then we give them the grant,” he said. He maintained that vocational training for women and house building for the poor are also part of the program.
“Under this program, we have built 20,081 houses for the poor. It is a successful model. Regarding transparency and high return, the European Commission (EC) has also granted us 86 million euros for the construction of houses,” said CM. He added that the EC monitors the program and the provincial government has nothing to do with the monitoring and evaluation of the program. Speaking from Karachi, the Chief Minister said the scheme has also been launched in suburban areas of Karachi.
Regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and revenue generation, the chief minister said that despite financial constraints, his government has completed about 607 development projects.
During the session, a resolution was also passed unanimously to express solidarity with the families of the martyred soldiers who lost their lives in the crash of a military helicopter. The resolution proposed by Sharmila Faruqui, MP for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and signed by Treasury and opposition lawmakers, reads: “The House expresses its pain at the clash of a military helicopter and the subsequent martyrdom of six Pakistani army officials, including the commander of the Southern Command Corps.House prays for their eternal peace in the hereafter.


Joan J. Holland