PESHAWAR: The Tribal youth on Thursday raised the issues faced the people in tribal districts and urged the government to address it in an innovative way keeping in view the remoteness of the region.
Over 350 youngsters from tribal districts of North Waziristan, South Waziristan and Khyber were discussing issues of their areas with Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection and BISP Chairperson at the Human Resource Centre of Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP), Peshawar.
The students are undergoing six months vocational trainings at SRSP in Peshawar funded by the USAID through the UNDP. The purpose of dialogue is to bring policy-makers and citizens together to identify common economic problems that people face at the grassroots level and find ways and means of addressing them by the state and its partners.
The youth from the three tribal districts explained that easy loans would help them set up enterprises but asked for more training opportunities in different technical and vocational skills. The youth pointed out issues in the service delivery faced in education and drinking water sector which they stressed the need to be addressed in an innovative way keeping in view the remoteness of the region.
Dr Sania Nishtar explained that Pakistan Tehri-e-Insaf (PTI) has initiated different social protection and poverty program under the umbrella of Ehsas Program. “The newly-merged districts would soon start benefitting from this program,” said Dr Sania. She added that vocational training is being provided in different trades which are also certified by the city and Guild, London.
She said that the poverty alleviation program of the government would use to learn from the grassroots experience and she would be organizing more sessions for this purpose with tribal youth very soon.