Expand the Social Safety Net
Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
We will expand the Sehat Insaf card to the poorest families across Pakistan and launch special assistance programmes for differently-abled persons. We will retain and strengthen the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
Pakistan’s public spending on social protection is low at 0.54%, nearly half of South Asia’s regional average is ~1% of GDP. Consequently, Pakistan’s Human Development Index (HDI) is 0.550, lower than that of nearby Bangladesh’s 0.579 and the lowest in South Asia. 29.5% of Pakistan’s population lives below the poverty line. This translates to about 60 million people and 8 million Households that live below a consumption level of Rs.3030 per adult equivalent per month. While BISP has been a big breakthrough over the last decade, other safety nets like Bait-ul-Maal, Zakat & Usher have been underperforming consistently.
We will expand the Sehat Insaf card to BISP beneficiaries nationally using a phased approach.
We will retain and improve BISP as the primary social safety net for the poor, and launch special assistance programmes for differently-abled persons.
We will develop specific development packages for all provinces and special economic packages for districts in extreme poverty with a focus on provision of basic infrastructure, education, healthcare, drinking water and nutrition.
We will improve capacity and delivery of the other 4 existing social protection programmes: Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), Zakat Fund, and Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Find below the expert`s analysis on the progress of above promise :