Bill Gates Hails PM Imran Khan for Anti-Poverty Initiative

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s poverty-alleviation initiative ‘Ehsaas Program.’

The co-founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation took to Twitter to applaud PM Khan’s sincere efforts in eradicating poverty from the country.

His company has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Pakistan to fund the anti-poverty drive.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the charity organization will provide 200 million dollars for Ehsaas Program.

Gates tweeted Thursday, appreciating PM Khan and the chairperson of BISP and Ehsas Program, Sania Nishtar for their leadership in developing a new poverty-alleviation drive.

Ending poverty and achieving the SDGs requires a whole-of-government approach. Imran Khan and Sania Nishtar have shown leadership in developing a new anti-poverty strategy.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of PM Imran and Sania Nishtar’s meeting with the leadership of BMGF in New York on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Khan said he is fully committed to eliminating the menace of poverty and polio from the country.

He said Ehsaas Program is one of the “the biggest anti-poverty project ever launched in the country, and it has been planned with a great deal of attention to detail.”

“I’m pleased that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will assist with a range of activities including accelerating stunting reduction programs, supporting financial inclusion initiatives, and investing.

About Ehsas Program

In April this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched a poverty alleviation drive called Ehsas (care).

The drive aims at collaborating with all the stakeholders — public, private, civil society, philanthropists, and expatriate Pakistanis towards one collective goal – poverty alleviation.

The anti-poverty drive aims to change the lives of at least 3.3 million poor people in the next four years through various steps.

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