Rs 2.32 bln income generating assets distributed among 38,749 households under Ehsaas Amdan

ISLAMABAD:The historic initiative of Ehsaas Amdan has so far granted income generating assets worth Rs 2.32 billion among 38,749 vulnerable households to lead them towards course of socio-economic prosperity.

According to an official source, the Ehsaas Amdan initiative was being implemented in 388 rural union councils of 23 poorest districts across the four provinces.

The programme was launched by the Prime Minster in February last year for the uplift of livelihoods of downtrodden segments of the society.

The 4-year Amdan programme worth Rs 15 billion features transferring around 200,000 assets to the deserving households with 60 percent women and 30 percent youth beneficiaries.

Under the programme, a financial support of Rs 60,000 per household has been provisioned for asset transfers, which will ultimately impact the lives of 1.4 million people over four years.

Ehsaas Amdan involves giving away of ‘small income generating assets’ to those living below the poverty line so that they can earn a living and can come out of the shackles of poverty.

The beneficiaries for the programme are identified through a community engagement process in the selected programme areas.

The programme was being executed in the districts of Punjab including Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang, and Layyah and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan, Palas Kolai, Torghar, Batagram, Shangla, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan and Tank.

The programme was being implemented in the districts in Balochistan including Zhob, Gwadar and Lasbela while in Sindh including Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Tharparkar and Umerkot.

The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), which is an organization attached to the PASSD, is the lead implementing agency for the Ehsaas Amdan programme, and is working through secondary implementing partner organizations- National Rural Support Programme, Balochistan Rural Support Programme, Sindh Rural Support Organization, Thardeep Rural Development Programme, LASOONA and SABAWON.