Punjab Social Protection Authority as an autonomous body, has been striving to achieve its mandate to provide an effective, comprehensive and efficient social protection system to the poorest of the poor. Punjab Social Protection Authority in its five-year journey has taken many initiatives by targeting the poor and vulnerable community of Punjab province for providing them with financial or in-kind unconditional and conditional assistance.
The Authority was constituted with the mandate to formulate social protection policy for the province, to consolidate and coordinate all social protection initiatives, to ensure equitable allocation of resources, to formulate policies for effective and efficient mechanisms, to formulate and execute policies for social protection covering food, education, health, social assistance, social inclusion and labour market regulations, to conduct research and formulate proposals for new interventions, and to monitor existing social protection programs.
PSPA has provided cash assistance over 730,085 beneficiaries through three different conditional and unconditional cash transfer and asset transfer programs namely Zewar-e-Taleem, UCT for Persons with Disabilities, and Brick Kiln Program. Around 67,069 persons with disabilities (PWDs) are being financially assisted. The benefit amount is Rs. 1,500 per month for the able-to-work PWDs and Rs. 2,000 per month to the PWDs who are unable to work. Potential beneficiaries are identified from National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) database and households with Poverty Means Test Score up to 20 are targeted for registration. The PSPA Board has accorded approval to expand the program’s outreach to more beneficiaries by increasing threshold of PMT up to 30. The beneficiaries incapacitated and unable to take up work owing to serious disability, illness or age are being given a long-term unconditional cash assistance. The remaining employable persons are being mobilized for skill building, internships, and micro-loans. This unconditional cash transfer program provides exit/graduation for the persons with disabilities who are able to work by offering Interest-Free Loans.
In accordance with the Prime Minister’s vision of Ehsaas programs, Punjab Social Protection Authority has been entrusted with the responsibility to roll out multiple interventions for social protection of the vulnerable groups in Punjab. Government of the Punjab is now launching Ehsaas-Punjab built on the model of the national Ehsaas program. It will aim to expand human development and social protection in Punjab drastically so that poverty eradication, economic empowerment of women, and better health and education outcomes could be achieved. Ehsaas-Punjab will be spearheaded by the Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA). It will include current PSPA’s programs as well as new programs worth over Rs. 62 billion, aimed at filling many coverage gaps in social protection. These programs include Ba-Himmat Buzurg Program, Masawaat Program for Transgender Persons, Nayee Zindagi Program for Acid Attack Victims, Sarparast Program for Poor Widows and Orphans, Khiraj-ush-Shuhada Program and Humqadam Program.
To create a society whose members enjoy a good quality of life, and are able to pursue their personal, social and economic development
To ensure that all citizens ordinarily residing in Punjab have a secure livelihood, and access to suitable social protection interventions to protect them from falling below a socially acceptable living standard
The social protection regime in Punjab aims to reduce poverty and inequality in the province, enhancing resilience of various groups when faced with economic shocks, creating opportunities for upward social and economic mobility, promoting gender equality, and enhancing social cohesion by mainstreaming individuals who are living in poverty, and are vulnerable and marginalized.