Provincial Minister for Finance Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha has said that Punjab Social Protection Authority will provide technical and financial assistance to different departments in ongoing and future projects of Social Protection in collaboration with World Bank. Social Protection Authority in collaboration with the departments of Social Welfare, Labour and Human Resource and Education has provided stipends through “Khidmat Cards” to 80,000 disabled persons, 87,000 children of Labourers and 46,000 deserving girls. Moreover a Nutrition Programme with the cost of Rs.700 million has been launched to meet the food necessities of infants born in poor families so as to make it possible to ensure stable food for better mental and physical growth of new generation. She said for progress of village women, in collaboration with Live Stock department, a scheme worth Rs.600 million regarding Transfer of Assets has been introduced. Milk-producing Cattle have been providing to destitute and disabled women to make them self-sufficient by earning livelihood.
Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said this while presiding over a review meeting during her visit of Punjab Social Protection Authority office here today. CEO PSPA Dr. Suhail Anwar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Tahir Raza Hamdani and other high officials of the authority were present on this occasion. Dr. Suhail Anwar informed the minister that as many as 25,000 disabled women will be benefited from Transfer of Assets scheme by getting Khidmat Cards. He further informed that interest-free loans amounting to Rs.550 million have been providing for restoration of disabled persons. PSPA has been establishing a regular system of monitoring and evaluation in all SP projects so as to give it a mechanized shape and promote the efforts in this regard, he added. Data Base of 106 Social Protection Programmes of 24 different departments has been prepared successfully. Social Protection Authority is going to launch “Subh e Noor Programme” for children with visual disability in future so as to control increasing rate of Blindness in children.
Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha expressed her great satisfaction on the overall performance of PSPA, particularly development on Monitoring and Evaluation system. She directed the PSPA authorities to initiate Subh e Nu Programme on the priority basis.