Thursday, 26 May 2022, 10:47:36 pm
The social sector development index in Pakistan has shown a positive trend

Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig (Economist): The social sector development index in Pakistan has shown a positive trend. Certain initiatives of Pakistan including Ehsaas program, BISP, Health Card, Kamyab Jawan program and others have been appreciated by UNDP and other world organizations. These programs were directly targeted to provide relief to vulnerable segments of the society. The programs helped in poverty alleviation and employment. Even during the COVID pandemic, the smart lockdown strategy of the government was hailed across the globe. This was the reason Pakistan was less affected by the global economic recession. The exports increased as industries were not closed and Pakistan dispatched its supplies to other countries even on higher freight rates. There are still certain areas to be improved but we should not be idealistic and keep the ground realities in mind.