national commission for human development (NCHD) has
launched its programme focussing primary health care, universal
primary education, adult literacy and skills training.
Nasim Ashraf told reporters on Thursday that the commission
had initiated its programme in Mardan.
said the commission's plan of action spanned 10 years and
16 districts would be covered in the first phase of three
years. The districts are: Bajaur Agency, Mardan, Mansehra,
and Kirk in NWFP; Attock, Rahimyar Khan, Layyah and Narowal
in Punjab; Ghotki, Jaccobabad, Naushero Feroz and Badin
in Sindh and Chaghai, Gwadar, Mastoong and Zhob in Balochistan.
said resources would be mobilized through Pakistan
Human Development Fund. "The fund is supported
by an initial grant of $32 million by the government while
a seed capital of $2.5 million has been donated by expatriate
and local philanthropists," he said.
Gen Pervez Musharraf, Abdul
Sattar Edhi, Princes Sarvath El Hassan, former Prime
minister Moeen Qureshi and Jemima Khan are patrons of
the commission, he said.
said Pakistan ranked 124th in the human development index
out of 172 countries.
said the NCHD objectives
included capacity building, training and enhancement of
competency of government agencies and NGOs to achieve universal
primary education and promote literacy.