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Published Date: Mar 4, 2014

Vulnerable communities in KP Govt. urged for effective legislation to redress issues

Panellists during a discussion on a research study regarding social
protection in KP suggested the government for effective legislation and
formulation of concrete policies to redress issues of the vulnerable
communities in the province.

The discussion session was arranged by the Refugees Affected and
Hosting Areas (RAHA-KP) Programme, funded by UNDP and EU, on Monday,
aimed at discussing its research study report, tilted "Improving Avenues
of Assistance for the Vulnerable Communities in Khyber Pakhutnkhwa",
carried out in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (SDPI) in four districts of KP, (Peshawar, Nowshera, Dir and
Buner).

Discussion session was attended by Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, Special
Assistant to KP Chief Minister on Social Welfare, Dr Anoosha Khan from
Department of Gender Studies, University of Peshawar, Deputy
Commissioner Peshawar, Zaheerul Islam, Deputy Commissioner Dir Lower,
Zubair Khan, and Aamir Mufi, SDPI Deputy Executive Director, Waqar
Ahmad, as panellists, while the Bushra Gohar, former chairperson
National Assembly Standing Committee on Women Development attended as
moderator. A large number of members of civil society organisations,
representatives of UN donor agencies, officials from various
government-line departments, civil society leaders, NGOs and social
protection experts also attended the session.

Participants, while highlighting issues of vulnerable
communities, proposed to make effective legislation and devising a
concrete mechanism to redress all the issues and problems being faced by
population due to calamity and other disaster situation in the
province. They also stressed upon the government to give special
attention, and allocation of maximum funds to redress the problems of
susceptible communities in the province.