Sindh Government Starts Work on “Pro-Poor Initiatives”

The Sindh Government has announced that they have started work on the "pro-poor initiatives" that were allocated Rs 34.2 billion in the 2020-2021 budget.

The Sindh Government announced on July 8 that they have started work on the “pro-poor initiatives” that were allocated Rs 34.2 billion in the 2020-2021 budget.

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Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah’s statement said that he had chaired a meeting to oversee the work that was being done to implement the pro-poor initiatives that were discussed in the budget of 2020-2021. The meeting was attended by officials such as Haris Gazdar, special assistant to chief minister of Sindh for special protection, and finance secretary Syed Hassan Naqvi.

Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah

“The Sindh government has earmarked Rs 34.2 billion in the annual budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 to help citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the chief secretary said in the meeting, according to the statement issued.

“This budget was made to ensure food security, reduce inflation and unemployment. Some Rs 20 billion is proposed for cash transfers to those affected by coronavirus under the Sindh Peoples Support Programme through the Social Protection Strategic Unit (SPSU) and Social Welfare Department (SWD).”

Rs 5 billion have been allocated for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the form of a soft loan programme.  Along with this, Rs 1 billion would be provided to purchase rice seeds, and another Rs 1 billion for pesticide.

Furthermore, the farmers will be offered Rs 1 billion for fertilisers for the landholding of maximum 25 acres.

“The chief secretary directed the secretary of agriculture to develop a mechanism and depute grade 19 officers as focal persons for each subsidy,” the statement said, adding that Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah said that Rs 500 million had been set aside to support technology-based start-ups, incubators, and accelerators, whilst Rs 700 million had been put down to support information technology (IT) interventions and innovations.

The statement concluded, “in this regard, the chief secretary issued directives to secretary of investment to engage private universities for technology based start-ups. Data in this regard will be collected from various sources, including Nadra, BISP, census and the registers maintained by the polio workers.”


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