Poverty double in rural Sindh than urban areas

Sindh : Karachi (PPI) – The rural areas of Sindh province have been facing with abject poverty and a release of Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh (GoS), issued here on Saturday, showing serious concern over the yawning rural-urban divide has revealed that the poverty head count ratio in the rural areas is almost double than in the urban areas, said.

It said rural Sindh has about 50percent of the province’s population and about 30percent of the GDP. The slow growth in the rural sector has led to widespread rural poverty and large and widening income gap with urban areas.
The poverty head count ratio in the rural areas is almost double than in the urban ones. The large rural-urban divide is a serious concern not only for the welfare if the rural population, but for economic and social stability, economic and social measures.
It said the Government of Sindh is committed to improve living standards of people, particularly, the welfare and service delivery in the rural areas.
“To break out this vicious cycle, the GoS negotiated with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to embark upon an accelerated, inclusive and sustainable development path through Sindh Growth and Rural Revitalisation Program (SGARRP), which is aimed at promoting a broad-based growth through reforms in three Core Policy Areas (CPAs).
The Core Policy Area 1 (CPA 1) is aimed at promoting private sector participation by establishing an institutional basis for public and private partnership (PPP) in infrastructure and social service provision; and withdrawing government’s direct involvement in the commercial activities.
The Core Policy Area 2 (CPA 2) is about strengthening public expenditure management by improving the efficiency of public investment; monitoring and evaluation; internal controls; audit compliance, and legislative oversight; and the policy financing, administration and service delivery of employees benefits.The Core Policy Area 3 (CPA 3) is aimed at revitalising the rural economy by increasing and sustaining public investment in rural areas; creating an enabling environment for private investment through clarifying land titling and reducing barriers to entry, and facilitating PPP in service delivery.
For implementation of this program, loan negotiation for an amount of US$100million (ADF-soft loan) with the ADB were held in Karachi during September 15-16, 2008 for Sub-program (SP-1) of this program.
ADB’s allocations for SP-2 and SP-3 are US$200mn each. The ADB Board of Directors has approved above-mentioned loan on December 11, 2008, says the release.

Courtesy and Thanks: The Nation

2 thoughts on “Poverty double in rural Sindh than urban areas”

  1. Who says there is no feudal in Pakistan. Rural Pakistan is control by the feudals, even in urban areas one can see the people who work hard and other who exploit the situation and make money in the name of Muslim saints or family lands. Our ruling class of so called politicians is from feudals and then industrialist follow them for power in authoritarian society. Law making body-the Majlish Shora, parliament -the senate , national assembly, provincial assembly and district council , every where the members are feudal, indusrialists, drug barons and /or Rtd. corrupt police officers with few Rtd, army officers as well. The writer of the this article and a leading scholar Dr. Aisha Siddiqa is also from feudal class with extra ordinary intelligence. I agree with some people that one should do some thing instead of suggestions. I have done some thing by leaving my home land as it’s hopeless there; unless there is rule of law not the law of ruler and we should follow the rule accordingly. Very simple law of inheritance can change our country’s future. What ever law we follow, Islamic or British- Muslim personal law, the property should be divided accordingly after the death of a person in a reasonable time but what happen in our country- this is the basic problem. If division of property is done by the law, there will be no feudal and if there is no feudal: the country will flourish. See rest of the world specially the developed world where majority people from under developed countries want to come. All the best for the rest of the people all over the world. KHWAJA AFTAB ALI, Advocate & I.P. Attorney in Pakistan, presently living in Florida, USA

    — Khwaja Aftab Ali, Florida, USA

  2. Five regional cities should be upgraded with in the provinces in Pakistan. Regional cities of Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP, Gawadar/ Qalat in Balouchistan, Sukkar/ Larkana in Upper Sind, Jehlam/ Rawalpindi and Multan in Punjab province. These regional cities have been ignored by the federal and provincial governments although these cities have their own history, culture and languages.Dera Ismail Khan in south of Pakhtun khwa is under seige, Multan/DG Khan in south of Punjab is next target of religious extremists,Sukkar/ Larkan is rule by criminals, Gawadar/ Qalat is trouble some. The people of these regions have to travel to provincial capitals for every small issue and requirement of the daily life which should be provided in nearby cities. A good number of population travel to big cities for their survival to earn livelihood as the local feudal own majority land and keep the common man as their slaves. Creation of regional government and upgrading of the regional cities will save a lot of money and time of the poor people of these regions. Circuit courts of the High Courts are already working in these areas and only requirement is the additional staff of different departments involved in additional work at the provincial capitals. The concern authorities should immediately consider to upgrade the regional cities. And immediate attention should be given upgrade the airports,TV station, civic center, libraries,hospitals, educational institutes and investment opportunities for Pakistanis living abroad and foreign firms to create jobs in the area as majority population in rural Pakistan do not have enough resources to survive. It’s remind me the condition of pre Islamic revolution of Iran in Shah time when the rural Iran was ignored and the capital Tehran was developed in a way to call it Paris of Middle East with modern life style. Couple of other big cities like Isfahan and Caspian sea was taken care of because of foreign tourists but rural area was ruled by cruel police and intelligence. Then what happen, rural population supported the Islanic revolution and later on moved to Tehran and other big cities. Any how The new government developed, built and upgraded the riral areas of the country.KHWAJA AFTAB ALI,( former secretary, Iranian embassy, Saudi Arabia) Advocate High Court & I.P. Attorney- first and only Pakistani lawyer earned scholarship to study Intellectual Property Rights in USA,presently residing in Florida, USA

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