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Human development programme launched

September 5, 2002 - The Daily DAWN

The national commission for human development (NCHD) has launched its programme focussing primary health care, universal primary education, adult literacy and skills training.

NCHD Chairman Nasim Ashraf told reporters on Thursday that the commission had initiated its programme in Mardan.

He said the commission's plan of action spanned 10 years and 16 districts would be covered in the first phase of three years. The districts are: Bajaur Agency, Mardan, Mansehra, and Kirk in NWFP; Attock, Rahimyar Khan, Layyah and Narowal in Punjab; Ghotki, Jaccobabad, Naushero Feroz and Badin in Sindh and Chaghai, Gwadar, Mastoong and Zhob in Balochistan.

He said resources would be mobilized through Pakistan Human Development Fund. "The fund is supported by an initial grant of $32 million by the government while a seed capital of $2.5 million has been donated by expatriate and local philanthropists," he said.

President Gen Pervez Musharraf, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Princes Sarvath El Hassan, former Prime minister Moeen Qureshi and Jemima Khan are patrons of the commission, he said.

He said Pakistan ranked 124th in the human development index out of 172 countries.

He said the NCHD objectives included capacity building, training and enhancement of competency of government agencies and NGOs to achieve universal primary education and promote literacy.

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