- COVID-19 has made poor people poorer as more people has gone below poverty line: Prime Ministe
COVID-19 Has Made Poor People Poorer As More People Has Gone Below Poverty Line: Prime Ministe
Sumaira FH 5 days ago Tue 06th April 2021 | 09:35 PM
The prime minister said the civilized societies were defined by the ways how they treated their poor as well as their planning to address inequality
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Apr, 2021 ) :The prime minister said the civilized societies were defined by the ways how they treated their poor as well as their planning to address inequality.
Imran Khan said the COVID-19 had made poor people poorer as more people had gone below poverty line. However, he said the elite capture was mainly a problem of especially the developing countries.
Calling the Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity Panel report as "shocking", the prime minister said every year, one trillion Dollar leave developing countries for tax havens and seven trillion Dollars were laundered out of poor countries.He said this single fact was the reason behind inequality in the world.
About the elite capture in Pakistan, the prime minister said his government was the first one to go after cartels including sugar cartels which had jacked up the commodity's prices affecting mainly the poor class.
Imran Khan said he was proud of the recognition by the UNDP report, the reduction in poverty ratio and human development growth in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province despite the fact the province had been badly hit by terror and consequent displacement of population.
He said he was also proud of transparent disbursement of cash assistance distributed among the people during the COVID pandemic regardless of any political affiliation of the beneficiaries.
Speaking on inequality in the region, Kanni Wignaraja, Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP stated, "The challenge of inequality is endemic, both regionally and globally. While the Asia-Pacific region has witnessed the steepest rise in human development, globally, it continues to grapple with widespread multidimensional poverty, and is now vulnerable to a new set of inequalities emerging around higher education and climate resilience. And the one we have been unable to close - the shocking gender gaps in our region".
"The report highlights that interregional inequality in Pakistan has increased. It indicates that the highest level of Human Development in Pakistan is in Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has shown the fastest rate of growth in human development," said Dr Hafiz Pasha, lead author of the report.
While sharing the key findings of the report, Dr Pasha highlighted that the level of child development is low in Pakistan, while within Pakistan it is relatively higher in Punjab. He further articulated that the privileges of the elite in Pakistan adds up to PKR 2,660 billion, equivalent to 8% of the GDP.
Speaking on the release of the report, Resident Representative at UNDP Pakistan Knut Ostby stated, "This NHDR comes at an especially important time for the country. With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing millions of people into poverty, the issue of inequality has become far more urgent for the success of the country, its institutions, and its people. We hope that the recommendations contained in the report can spawn policy discussions and dialogue, and lead to actionable change at the policy level".