Digital monitoring of Ehsaas Panahgahs on the Anvil: Sania

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Islamabad, September 08, 2021 (PPI-OT): Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar, SAPM convened a stocktake workshop with Ehsaas Panahgah teams in Islamabad. Secretary of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division (PASSD), Muhammad Ali Shahzada, Malik Zaheer Abbas Khokhar, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and Additional Secretary PASSD, Captain (Retd) Saeed Ahmad Nawaz were also present.

“Prime Minister has given strict instructions that people visiting Panahgahs should be served with dignity and there should be no compromise on quality of service, maintenance, hygiene and cleanliness and food quantity as well as quality”, emphasized Dr. Sania. “We are fully committed to improving standards and will soon introduce digital monitoring of Ehsaas Panahgahs”, she further added. To ensure that people are served with utmost dignity and self-respect, Ehsaas is providing refresher training to the staff of Panahgahs.

The administrative, operational and monitoring staff of all five Ehsaas Panahgahs including Assistant Directors, Deputy Directors and Shift Supervisors joined the workshop. During the workshop a stocktake was done of the factors which impact quality, gaps were assessed, and a strategy was developed to improve standards.

New monitoring protocols were also developed. “Digital monitoring will now be mapped into monitoring dashboards and there will be strict accountability,” said Dr. Sania The workshop comprehensively reviewed living and catering standards to create a more viable living environment in Panahgahs.

Under the Ehsaas umbrella, 22 Panahgahs have been built up so far nationwide. These Panahgahs provide “one star+ bed and breakfast facility with meals, essentials, and hygiene and security standards. Each Panahgah serves free meals to 400 people and offers 100-bed facility for overnight stay.

Leveraging on IT capabilities, the living standards have already been structured with enhanced infrastructure for food catering and living, security protocols, standardized capacity, organized HR, eligibility criteria, effective monitoring, regulated donations and financial details. Panahgah is one of the priority programmes of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Panahgahs not only provide shelter to daily wage earners but also a two-time meal to them.

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