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. PSPA targets its beneficiary selection based on National Socio-Economic Database. Potential beneficiaries are identified from National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) data base and households. 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 for behaviour change.
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 tor effective and efficient mechanisms, to formulate and execute policies for social protection covering food, education, health, social assistance, social inclusion and labour market regulations and to conduct research and formulate proposals for new interventions. and to monitor existing social protection programmes, etc.
Under the Unconditional Cash Transfer Programme for People with Disabilities (PWDs), over 63,719 persons with disabilities are currently drawing Rs 1,500 each monthly (Rs. 4,500 quarterly). The lowest-income people with disabilities. PSPA also launched Zevar-e-Taleem Programme thereby extending educational stipends of Rs.1,000 per month to nearly 571,313 elementary and secondary school-girls.
PSPA has developed a comprehensive plan to launch Punjab Ehsaas Program designed 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. 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.