PM directs to seek alternative sources for PAF operation


Kathmandu, Aug. 18: The Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) has decided to register all its 32 thousand community-based organisations at the local- level and implement its programmes through coordination from there.
The 68th meeting of the Prime Minister-headed Fund held under the chair of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at the PM Office concluded today with the decision of moving ahead with the diversification of its programmes and sources.
The PAF has been launching various programmes including social mobilisation, community organisation establishment, operation of revolving fund for income generation, infrastructure development at the community level, irrigation, drinking water, market management, school construction, skill enhancement training and pocket area development and promotion since 2004.
On the occasion, Fund Vice Chairman Yam Bahadur Thapa said Fund programmes have been implemented at 527 local levels of 58 districts across the country. Some one million indigent families are its target groups.
The achievement on average in the poverty alleviation efforts is one per cent and this percent is 2.5 in the places where the PAF programmes are in operation.
Likewise, the duration of food security programme targeted at indigent groups has been extended from four months to eight months. Similarly the Social Mobilisation Fund worth Rs 15 billion aiming at empowering the community is in its final year of completion. It was launched one and half decades ago.
In the first phase, the government is preparing to give away certificates of three categories related to poverty alleviation to 392,000 absolute poor households.
Likewise, the meeting also decided to organise a workshop to discuss and formulate policies to hold the Handcraft Trade Fair to be held in November, said Thapa.
Addressing the meeting, PM Deuba directed to make an action plan for the management of necessary financial resources to expand the programmes run by the PAF.
He also directed the formation of a taskforce led by a member of the National Planning Commission, who looks after the respective area of work,that will seek ways about how to carry forward the fund and manage financial sources.
Other taskforce members will involve secretary each of the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Finance Ministry, and Ministry of Law, Federal Affairs and Local Development. RSSĀ 

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