USAID, NADRA to as­sist con­flict vic­tims

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD: The United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID)- funded Con­flict Vic­tims Sup­port Pro­gram, CVSP, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Data­base and Reg­is­tra­tion Au­thor­ity (NADRA), to ex­tend a unique in­come gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity to the first five con­flict vic­tims in KP and FATA by pro­vid­ing them train­ing, equip­ment and fran­chise li­cense to be­come e-Sahu­lat agents in their re­spec­tive vil­lages.

The NADRA's e-Sahu­lat is a ser­vice that en­ables the Govern­ment of Pak­istan to col­lect util­ity pay­ments on­line across the coun­try. In ad­di­tion to be­ing trained and be­ing li­censed by NADRA to op­er­ate as an agent, e-Sahu­lat agents must have ac­cess to a com­puter, a printer and an in­ter­net con­nec­tion to qual­ify. The E-Sahu­lat agents are able to work from home and earn an in­come by re­ceiv­ing a per­cent­age of each pro­cessed trans­ac­tion. Un­der this part­ner­ship, CVSP pro­vided the equip­ment needed to be­come an agent while NADRA pro­vided the train­ing and li­cens­ing.

The first group to re­ceive the equip­ment and train­ing is a test group that will help re­fine the plan. The re­sults will then be used to ex­pand the pro­gram to in­clude 50 more ben­e­fi­cia­ries. This col­lab­o­ra­tion comes as part of USAID's ini­tia­tive to foster sus­tain­able mod­els of the Pub­lic-Pri­vate Part­ner­ship. NADRA is pro­mot­ing the ex­pan­sion of e-Sahu­lat as a way to im­prove the col­lec­tion of util­ity bills in re­mote ar­eas or those suf­fer­ing from se­cu­rity risks. -APP

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