Thursday, 26 November, 2020

Poor households to get ID card within this fiscal year


By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Oct. 30: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MoLMCPA) have decided to complete the work of identification and distribution of identity cards to the poor households by the end of current fiscal year.
A meeting held at the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday has decided that the MoLMCPA would make necessary arrangements for the distribution of identity cards to the poor households within the current fiscal year 2020/21 and Ministry of Finance would manage required budget for the task.
According to MoF, the meeting has also decided to prepare a time-bound schedule including activities to distribute identity cards to the poor households within a week by the MoLMCPA.
Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel said that there was a problem in running relief and assistance programme on behalf of the state due to lack of data on the poor and deprived sections and the distribution work had not been fruitful.
Stating that the poor identity card would be supportive in distributing reliefs, assistances, employment and social security to the targeted and deprived people, Minister Poudel said that the effectiveness of the programmes, including agriculture loan and subsidy, subsidy on interest, health and education service to poor, provided by various agencies would be enhanced after the distribution of the card.
Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal said that the resources would be utilized properly and effective results would be achieved by conducting programmes on the basis of poor identity cards.
The meeting also decided to develop a mechanism by the MoLMCPA to develop a method of data collection which will ensure collection and entry of only the precise data in household survey and take action against the officials who collect or enter fake data.  

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