Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar inaugurated the digitally enabled Ehsaas survey, here on Thursday. The exercise has already been carried out effectively in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and other areas of the country and is now being replicated in Sialkot as well. The new model is principally centered on the fast-track approach to implement the survey across Sialkot, in collaboration with the School Education Department Punjab under the technical supervision of Ehsaas.
The new survey is being conducted in all areas of Sialkot. Through computer assisted approach, the socioeconomic data would be collected at the household level, which would facilitate the precise identification of deserving households. For the purpose, around 3,500 teachers have been engaged through the education department. Easing out the survey listing and enumeration process, as many as 3,200 enumerators along with 320 supervisors are being deployed to execute the survey in 3,200 survey blocks district-wise.
To conduct the survey with accelerated momentum, the technical training of teachers as master trainers has just begun, in collaboration with the provincial government. Ehsaas master trainers are providing technical training to teachers on the methodology of socioeconomic survey. As soon as the training is concluded, the field teams will go door to door to digitally collect poverty data in all tehsils of Sialkot including Pasrur, Daska and Sambrial. An android-based tablet application has been utilised to gather the data. The data collected from the households will be submitted to central database through digital system for monitoring and review.
In line with the inclusive social protection policy of Ehsaas, results will facilitate proper targeting of poor households for the multitude of Ehsaas initiatives particularly the new Ehsaas Kafalat beneficiaries.