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PM vows to ensure transparency in Ehsas programme

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s flagship programme “Ehsas” is aimed at alleviating poverty.

Chairing a meeting to review the progress on implementation of “Ehsas” Programme in Islamabad, the prime minister said the government wants to ensure complete transparency in all programmes, including Bait-ul-Maal so that the element of discretion could be eliminated.

He reviewed timelines for implementation of various policy actions under “Ehsas” programme, including Tahaffuz, Kifalat, Housing for orphans and destitute, nutrition, district development portals, and employment.

In a policy statement on Ehsas programme lately, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said Ehsaas’s poverty reduction strategy was articulated in four pillars and it currently embodied 115 policy actions, which may be expanded as the process of consultations on the program, further widened

In a tweet, he said his priority poverty reduction programme with its four focus areas and 115 policy actions will reduce inequality, invest in people, and uplift lagging districts.

A policy document issued separately by the prime minister said that the four pillars include addressing elite capture and making the government system work to create equality; safety nets for disadvantaged segments of the population; jobs and livelihoods; and human capital development.

Separately, the PM chaired a meeting with regard to digitisation of government departments.

He said digitisation of government departments will help improve transparency and good governance. He noted that digitisation will also help improve efficiency and facilitate the businesses.

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