Peoples' Poverty Reduction Program: Sindh govt's steps for poverty alleviation lauded
THATTA (92 News) – The Peoples' Poverty Reduction Program launched by the Sindh government bears significant importance with regard to poverty-alleviation. This ongoing program is not less than a blessing for Sindh's six districts – Thatta, Badin, Mirpur Khas, Umarkot, Sanghar and Khairpur. Under this program, implemented by the Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO), poor families are being provided with support amounts in the form of income generation grant and interest-free loans through the Community Investment Fund, with an objective to make them self-reliant so that they can be able to bring about pleasant changes in their lives. Vocational Training Becoming a Source of Standard Employment and Income Increase Provision of vocational training to courageous youths is an important part of the Peoples' Poverty Reduction Program. Its excellent example is the training of boat-making to the youths of Abdullah Toyo Village, Thatta. Fifteen youths of this village located near Keenjhar Lake either unemployed or making both ends meet with a meager income and part-time jobs were nominated for the training through the Village Organization. After their nomination, a place was selected for their training. After completing these two basic matters, the Sindh Rural Support Organization arranged a trainer for them. The participants of 30-day boat-making training were also given Rs 6,000 as Travelling Allowance (TA) and Daily Allowance (DA). Moreover, the Sindh Rural Support Organization provided the rent of the training place and cleanliness arrangements. Enthusiasm and yearning of the under-training youths not only benefitted from the 30-day training program but also they made a strong and standard boat. These youths living near the beautiful lake are very happy now. They are thankful to Allah Almighty and the Sindh government for arranging the training for them. The participants are of the view that they are now able to make the best boats as well as they can make their dreams of a bright and successful future true by making the best boats and adopting boat-making as a source of income. SRSO District Manager Ahmed Khan Soomro, while talking about the tasks after the successful training, he said that the training and the manufactured boat is the first step toward the journey of success. "Our objective is to take the skilful youths and their backward families towards the destination," he added. Ahmed Khan Soomro said that a business development group comprising of five families will be formed and one group will receive Rs 250,000. "The business group will be able to use this boat for fishing. For this purpose, the group will also be provided a net and ice boxes," he maintained. The resolve visible in the eyes of Ahmed Khan Soomro was testimony to the sincere efforts of his organization.