Functions

The Authority shall perform the following functions as envisaged in the PSPA Act 2015:

  1. To formulate social protection policy for the Punjab in consultation with all stakeholders and synergize efforts in formulation of the policy with the Federal Government, national and international institutions;
  2. To consolidate and coordinate all public social protection initiatives through policy framework for each sector including Federal Government’s initiatives;
  3. To formulate policies and propose legislation for the welfare and benefit of the poor and vulnerable;
  4. To formulate policies for the protection of legal rights of poor and vulnerable;
  5. To ensure equitable allocation of resources in line with carefully identified objectives;
  6. To prepare, store and disseminate data regarding eligible poor and vulnerable under various categories of poverty;
  7. To evaluate performance of social sector programs;
  8. To determine and notify eligibility criteria for assistance under social protection programs;
  9. To formulate policies for effective and efficient mechanisms for relevant agencies and to evaluate performance of such agencies;
  10. To formulate and execute policies for social protection which may include food, education, health, social assistance, social inclusion and labour market regulations;
  11. To conduct research and formulate proposals for new interventions into the existing social protection programs and execute the same;
  12. To prepare strategic reports that set out policies over a specified period to meet the targets for social protection;
  13. To compile a set of common indicators which show how progress towards the goals of social protection is achieved;
  14. To notify procedure for the identification, coverage and delivery mechanisms for the welfare beneficiaries;
  15. To notify the disbursement procedures of the social interventions for each relevant Government department or agency;
  16. To approve the budget of the Authority and to re-appropriate funds;
  17. To evaluate and monitor the implementation of the decisions of the Authority;
  18. To monitor existing social protection programs and recommend to the Government their reorganization, consolidation or amalgamation with other social protection programs in the interest of efficiency and utility
  19. To designate regions for discharge of obligations under this Act and develop social protection framework for each region;
  20. To oversee the establishment of social protection centers in each region to provide legal and social protection assistance and promote social awareness;
  21. To engage any person or entity on contract basis to carry out assignments in accordance with the rules and regulations; and (v) any other function assigned to the Authority by the Government.