Govt to improve poverty situation in Pakistan: Miftah Ismail

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Mr. Miftah Ismail has said that the present government is committed to improve the poverty situation in Pakistan and Kamyab Pakistan Program is a good platform in this regard.

Miftah Ismail, presided over a meeting on Kamyab Pakistan Program (KPP) at the Finance Division on Saturday. Chairman of Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib,
President BOP Zafar Masood, Secretary Finance and senior officers participated in the meeting.

He further stated that such program is in consonance of the vision of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to uplift the living standard of people.

In a comprehensive presentation given on Kamyab Pakistan Program, it was highlighted that poverty alleviation through a number of highly effective
steps is the prime objective of this program.

This program ensures the provision of interest free loans to poorer segments of society. The bottom-up approach is employed for execution of poverty alleviation in this program. Sahatmand Pakistan, Kamyab Hunarmand, Low-Cost Housing, Kamyab
Kissan and Kamyab Karobar are the key pillar of KPP. A limit of Rs. 2.85 million per household is placed to ensure the equitable distribution of resources.

Moreover, it was apprised to the Finance Minister that Monthly disbursements are now touching PKR 1.7-2.0 billion. Ministry of Finance invited bids from commercial banks to act as Wholesale Lenders (WLs) to the program on quarterly basis.

So far HBL, NBP, BOP, Askari Bank, Bank Islami Pakistan and Pakistan Mortgage Refinance Company have participated in the bidding process. Furthermore, Akhuwat and NRSP have disbursed Rs. 11.2 billion to
over 71,500 beneficiaries.

The Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue shared satisfaction over the progress of this program and emphasized that this program should be re-examined and modified accordingly for ensuring greater level of
effectiveness, transparency and efficiency.

It must be ensured that loans should easily reach-out to the eligible deserving people with zero duplication and by getting away access hurdles. Furthermore, timely issuance of guarantee for the next quarter may be initiated as soon as possible to cater needs of large number of borrowers seeking funds.

In conclusion, the Federal Minister expressed that the present government is committed to uplift the living standard of the masses and he further stressed the stakeholders to gear up the disbursement of the interest-free loans to help the people in achieving self-sufficiency.


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