A team consisting seven officers from Balochistan Government visited the Planning & Development Board Punjab to meet with stakeholders and government departments to gain knowledge about working and implementation methodology of various social protection programs in Punjab.
Provincial Secretary Planning & Development Balochistan Ghulam Farooq Marri was leading his delegation accompanied by the team Rauf Baloch Secretary Social Welfare Department, Balochistan, Balach Aziz, Secretary Religious Affairs, Saeed Ahmed Sarparah, DG Labour, Asif Khosa Deputy Director Women Development, Ali bin Mehmood Assistant Chief (FA) P&D and Enayatullah Research Officer (FA) P&D Balohcistan.
Addressing the delegation, Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh Chairman Planning & Development Punjab, during the knowledge sharing briefing, said that the purpose of social protection policy was to bring ease in the lives of the impecunious strata. For that purpose, special projects are being started for the deserving women, children and the elders and new programs will also be formulated for speedy wellbeing of the low-income families.
Chairman P&D told that one-window welfare counters are being established at e-khidmat centres to facilitate the needy segments of the society who will be provided the services of Punjab Social Protection Authority through these counters. The government is also taking steps for the education, free treatment, screening, legal and psychological consultation and shelter of the transgender children.
On the occasion, Balochistan team leader Ghulam Farooq Marri Secretary P&D Government of Balochistan said that the Balochistan government with the assistance of World Bank is in process of finalizing the draft bill of Balochistan Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Authority. In this connection, a team of officers from relevant departments visited Punjab Social Protection Authority and Planning & Development Board Punjab to share knowledge about working of PSPA and the implementation methodology of various programs through Government Departments like Social Welfare, Education, Health, Livestock and the Labour etc.
Chief Regional Planning, P&D Board Punjab Dr. Shahid Adil briefed the delegation about the working of Planning & Development Board Punjab. Dr. Ayesha Saeed Director General Social Welfare Punjab and senior representative of Punjab Social Protection Authority and other relevant departments also attended the knowledge sharing briefing session at P&D Complex, Lahore.