Social protection policies and programs have been widely heralded as important for addressing persistent poverty. The aim of social protection is to enhance the capacity of poor and vulnerable persons to manage economic and social risks.
Keeping in view, Punjab Social Protection Authority under “Punjab Ehsaas Program” has lunched “Nayee Zindagi Program” for Acid Attack Victims. The Program aims at rehabilitation of Acid Attack victims through reconstructive surgeries and psychological counselling for their Socio-economic mainstreaming. PSPA intends to work in close collaboration with Specialised Healthcare & Medical Education Department for provision of these services bearing the treatment cost.
Access to a rehabilitation program can decrease the consequences of damage, improve health and quality of life and reduce the use of health services therefore, rehabilitation of these Victims is instrumental in enabling them to live, as far as possible, independently and gainfully within their homes and communities. Empowering Acid Attacks Victims through an institutional arrangement in various fields can be a very significant step towards mainstreaming their socio-economic conditions. This Program is designed with the following objectives:
- To provide medical-psychological rehabilitation to Acid Attack Victims.
- To protect the social rights of the Acid Attack Victims of the society.
- To prevent social exclusion of victims by enabling them to lead dignified & socially included life.
- To reduce vulnerability of Acid Attack Victims by Income generation through skill training & interest free loans for jobs/self- employment.
With an outlay of Rs. 200 million, the victims of the heinous crime of throwing acid are financially aided and thoroughly rehabilitated at the government's expense through this program, which includes skin grafting treatment, skill-building, and interest-free loans for livelihood support. The program has so far registered 26 acid-attack victims.