Government of Sindh expands UCBPRP to six more districts

SUKKUR – January 8, 2018: Chairman Peoples Party Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari today launched the expansion of the Government of Sindh’s Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme (UCBPRP) to six districts of Sindh, in a ceremony held in Sukkur. The programme will work with the poorest rural women of Khairpur, Sanghar, Mirpur Khas, Thatta, Badin and Umerkot. The UCBPRP will be implemented by RSPN’s member organisation: the Sindh Rural Support Organisation, set up by the Government of Sindh. With the total budget of Rs 4.9 billion, the programme will benefit 716523 households.

UCBPRP’s components include the formation of 39808 women’s organisations, provision of Community Investment Fund (CIF) to each women organisation, vocational training to 32244 persons, 8599 units under low cost housing scheme and income generating grants to 30708 poorest women.

Working across Sindh’s villages through women’s village organisations, the UCBPRP is the largest government funded poverty reduction programme in any province. Previously, the UCBPRP has successfully empowered the rural women to break the shackles of poverty in four districts of Shikarpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad and Tharparkar.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Former Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, President PPP’s Women Wing Ms. Faryal Talpur, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, Syeda Nafeesa Shah, Chairman SRSO and RSPN Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan, CEO RSPN Ms Shandana Khan, CEO SRSO Mr. Dittal Kalhoro, leading politicians, government officials, community members and media persons are participating in the launch event.

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