Cen­tre shares copies of Mul­ti­di­men­sional Poverty In­dex with prov­inces

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

MIAN AR­SHAD ISLAMABAD—Fed­eral Min­is­ter Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Ah­san Iqbal, Wed­nes­day, shared copies of re­cently launched Mul­ti­di­men­sional Poverty In­dex (MPI) with all the four prov­inces, GB & AJK and Fed­eral Min­istries of Na­tional Health Ser­vices & Reg­u­la­tions, Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion and Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gramme (BISP). Ah­san Iqbal for­warded the copies of MPI with chief min­is­ters, Prime Min­is­ter AJK and fed­eral and state min­is­ters. “I am pleased to share a copy of Mul­ti­di­men­sional Poverty In­dex launched by Plan­ning Com­mis­sion on 20th June, 2016”, Ah­san Iqbal stated in a let­ter. He said that in­clu­sive and bal­anced growth is crit­i­cal goals of Pak­istan Vi­sion 2025. Poverty is a ma­jor threat for de­vel­op­ment.

In or­der to erad­i­cate poverty, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand it cor­rectly, he mentioned. In this re­gard, Mul­ti­di­men­sional poverty in­dex has been de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with UNDP and Ox­ford. He said that this re­port is a re­sult of ef­forts span­ning over more than one year. Plan­ning Com­mis­sion stared work­ing with UNDP and Ox­ford Poverty & Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive (OPHI) to compute Mul­ti­di­men­sional Poverty in Pak­istan.

Ah­san Iqbal said that the Mul­ti­di­men­sional poverty need not to be mixed with con­sump­tion based poverty which nec­es­sar­ily mea­sures out­come based poverty and not op­por­tu­nity. Pak­istan has been re­port­ing on con­sump­tion based poverty since early 2000 and from this year, i.e. 2016, Pak­istan will re­port on both poverty mea­sures.

He said that mul­ti­di­men­sional poverty pro­vides a ba­sis for mak­ing in­clu­sive and eq­ui­table de­vel­op­ment plans lead­ing to the pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity in moth­er­land. “I hope that this re­port will be help­ful in de­vel­op­ment of in­clu­sive growth plans and poli­cies for your prov­ince by tar­get­ing re­sources/ini­tia­tives to­wards more back­ward areas so that we can cre­ate a more har­mo­nious so­ci­ety”, he stated.

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