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The Dawn

Published Date: Mar 5, 2014

Legislation sought for vulnerable people’s welfare

Participants of a session on social protection in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
on Monday urged the government to make effective legislation and
formulate concrete policies for the welfare of vulnerable segments of
population, including women, children, the physically and mentally
challenged people, and the elderly.

They also demanded better
funds for improvement of the living conditions of the people of the
province for their social protection.

The session was arranged by the Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA-UNDP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) programme at local hotel.

The
event was aimed at deliberation on its research study report on
‘improving avenues of assistance for the vulnerable in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa’ carried out in collaboration with Sustainable Development
Policy Institute (SDPI) in Peshawar, Nowshera, Dir and Buner districts.

Noted
among speakers include special assistant to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief
minister on social welfare Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, Dr Anoosha Khan of the
University of Peshawar’s department of gender studies, Deputy
Commissioner of Peshawar Zaheerul Islam, Deputy Commissioner of Lower
Dir Zubair Khan, SDPI Deputy Executive Director Waqar Ahmad and former
MNA Bushra Gohar.

Representatives of RAHA-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also spoke on the occasion.

A
large number of members of civil society organisations, representatives
of UN donor agencies, officials from various government departments,
civil society leaders, NGOs, international NGOs and social protection
experts were also in attendance.

Arshad Majeed of RAHA-Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa programme said the programme funded by UNDP and EU was meant
to strengthen and extend social protection schemes and mechanisms in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and thus, improving social living
conditions of targeted communities.

He said special focus was
given to the more vulnerable segments of the population such as women,
children, the disabled and the elderly.

Arshad Majeed said the activities ranged from strengthening of Darul Aman to the setting up of child protection centres.

SDPI
Deputy Executive Director Waqar Ahmad briefed participants on the
report compiled by his organisation on vulnerable communities and gave
certain recommendations to cope with challenges and issues of the
vulnerable people.

Former MNA Bushra Gohar asked the provincial
government to work on the proposed recommendations in light of research
study to overcome with the growing problems of vulnerable communities in
the province.

Mehr Taji Roghani said the provincial government
was making efforts to redress the issues of the vulnerable communities
under integrated approaches and policies.

She said the government
had planned to introduce an integrated strategy to utilise foreign
donors funding in a better manner to rapid resolve the issues of
affected communities.

She said government was fully determined to solve the problems of the vulnerable people on priority basis.