SUKKUR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday inaugurated Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme (UCBPRP) and the Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO), which aimed at freeing two million families from slough of poverty by providing their opportunities through interest-free loans.

The PPP Chairman was accompanied by the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Women Wing President MNA Faryal Talpur, Former Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and others.

Sindh government has extended financial support to the Rural Support Programmes (RSPs) to enhance the potential abilities, skills and knowledge of rural men and women, as to enabling them to articulate their aspirations and to effectively marshal the resources they need to meet their identified needs.

The UCBPRP work was to alleviate poverty by enabling people to break the cycle of poverty, which begins with lack of opportunity, extends to the well-known miseries of economic and nutritional poverty and leads new generations to endure the same conditions.

The aims of UCBPRP to target the poor through the process of social mobilization, harnesses their potential and enables them to build productive assets, reduce vulnerabilities and improve by and large, the condition of their village or locality.

Speaking on the occasion, Bilawal said that PPP has not only carried out legislation for the empowerment of women but also launched several programmes for financial stability of the womenfolk.

“Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto started basic and revolutionary reforms while Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto initiated Lady Health Workers, Women Police Stations and First Women Bank and President Asif Ali Zardari begun Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), which was indeed first step towards creating a Social Welfare State, Bilawal added. He also pledged to expand BISP programme after coming into power in 2018 general elections.