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A move to reduce poverty

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04.04.2019

THE launch of a poverty-alleviation programme under the banner of Ehsas (compassion) has caused a flutter in millions of hearts in the country because poverty deprives a very large segment of the population of Pakistan the joys of living.

Incidentally, the people’s deliverance from poverty has always been accepted as one of their basic rights, a right that cannot be defined in terms of a voluntary gesture, even if that gesture enjoys as high a value as compassion does. The discourse on poverty eradication, and not merely poverty alleviation, must be conducted in the idiom of rights.

A certain lack of clarity about Ehsas makes it necessary to ensure that what sparkles in the hands of the prime minister is gold and not tinsel.

It is necessary to ensure that what sparkles in the hands of the prime minister is gold and not tinsel.

The government intends to shift the pledges made in Article 38 (d) from the ‘Principles of Policy’ to the ‘Fundamental Rights’ chapter. That should enable the citizens to secure through courts four basic necessities of life: food, clothing, housing and medical relief. (Education is also mentioned in this clause, but the right to education has already been recognised under the 18th Amendment.)

However, 38 (d) is one of the seven clauses of Article 38 that carries the caption ‘Promotion of social and economic well-being of the people’. There is no bar to the transfer of a single clause of Article 38 to the fundamental rights chapter but it is necessary to........

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