Kathmandu,27 Jan 2015: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has underlined the need of making the poverty alleviation programmes further effective for raising the living standard of nearly one fourth of the country’s population.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking in the 11th meeting of the Poor Households Identification and Identity Card Management and Distribution Coordination Board held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers today. The Prime Minister is the chairman of the Board.
On the occasion, PM Koirala directed the Board to identify the poor families in the right way as reliable and correct data was needed for goal setting, programme formulation as well as outcome evaluation.
He said that collective training would also be necessary for enhancing the skills of the human resources involved in data collection, updating, simplifying the data gathering system and its improvement, and institutional strengthening.
The Prime Minister underlined the need of simultaneously taking ahead the poverty alleviation programmes after the poor households and families are identified.
Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam stressed on specifying programmes aimed at poverty alleviation and delivery of services and facilities provided by the State as per the level of poverty after distribution of identity cards to the poor households.
Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat opined that the poor households should be identified using a compatible methodology with the results of the rate of poverty based on the Nepal Living Standard Survey conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Mainly three proposals were presented before the Coordination Board. They are the web portal based poor household identity card management information system software, the criteria and methodology of identifying the poor households and determining the threshold.
A proposal was presented suggesting shortening the name of the Board reflecting its relevance.
Executive Vice Chairman of the Coordination Board Chintan Poudel and other office-bearers were present in the meeting.