PAF programmes ‘empowered poor’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 21, 2014-

The government’s Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) has helped raise the consumption capacity of the poor households by  44.4 percent, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said on Tuesday.

A report of sample study on 3,000 households from 200 villages in six districts suggests there is a positive growth on consumption capacity of the poor following the implementation of the programmes for the period of 6-19 months.

Likewise, the food availability to the poor families also increased 10 percent. The average income of the poor families receiving PAF support for last three years increased 82.5 percent, the PMO said in a statement.

The PAF programme, according to the PMO, has benefitted 616,478 poor households which participated under the programme as community member, helping additional 672,000 households under programmes related to infrastructure development. The PAF programme is currently in operation in 40 districts.

Of the total number beneficiaries, 76 percent are women, 27 percent are Dalits and 30 percent are Janajatis, the statement added. Sixty-five percent of the beneficiaries are very poor that can hardly manage food for just three months while 25.70 percent do not have enough food for six months.

The PAF has been supporting the poor through 23,788 community organisations by increasing their income opportunity through development of self-employment and capacity building of the poor people.

There has also been improvement on the front of food security, income, social development, number of school going children and women empowerment.

Meanwhile, PAF has invested Rs 15.56 billion as of 2012-13, with the government autonomous body spending Rs 2.32 billion.

The government has allocated Rs 3.61 billion for the current year.

The government has planned to operate 2,503 income related projects, 767 community infrastructure projects and 216 pock-area development projects this year aimed at benefitting an additional 50,000 poor households. The programme will be expanded to additional 14 districts, said the PMO.

Published: 22-10-2014 08:59

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