Sep 19, 2019, During her meeting with IMF team, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation and Chairperson BISP apprised them about how the IMF’s Fund can help the ongoing efforts of the government of Pakistan to protect the most vulnerables. She informed the IMF team that the government has substantially increased the social protection spending under Ehsaas framework. ‘The Ehsaas’ poverty reduction strategy isarticulated in four pillars and it currently embodies 115 policy actions, which may be expanded as the process of consultations on the program, further widens. Thefour pillars include: addressing elite capture and making the government system work to create equality; safety nets for disadvantaged segments of the population;jobs and livelihoods; and human capital development’, she added. IMF team appreciated the multisectoral approach of the government of Pakistan under Ehsaas.