Government officials and stakeholders have said that the existing rate of poverty in the country could be reduced if collective efforts were carried out.
Speaking at a workshop on 'poverty identity-card and social security' organized by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation in Kathmandu Thursday, secretary at the ministry Sureshman Shrestha said that all ministries and organizations working in poverty alleviation should deliver services in a collaborative manner to ensure effective services to the targeted class.
Secretary Shrestha, however, admitted that the continuous grants received in the field of poverty alleviation were not utilized as expected.
On the occasion, officials informed that 13 ministries were running different programs on poverty alleviation and social security.
Joint-secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Shiva Wagle said that forest products were being utilized to operate social security programs for poverty alleviation.
Likewise, executive director at Social Security Fund Kebal Prasad Bhandari said social security and assistance would help alleviate poverty.
Similarly, joint-secretary at the National Planning Commission, Pushpalal Shakya said integrated efforts were required for poverty alleviation and social security.
Joint-secretaries at the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Khadga Bahadur Rana and Annapurna Das; under-secretary at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare Humkala Pandey; senior agricultural development officer Dronaraj Kafle and others said that poverty alleviation was possible through successful implementation of the government policies and programs.