The government has formulated an action plan for implementation of the National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) to combat poverty, vulnerability and inequality in Bangladesh.
The Cabinet Division unveiled the plan at the opening session of the three-day Bangladesh Social Security Conference at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Sunday.The conference is being held in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
According to officials, the conference will focus on the NSSS that was developed under the seventh five-year plan (2016-‘21) to reduce poverty and support vulnerable groups in next three years.
Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon inaugurated the conference as the chief guest while State Minister for Finance MA Mannan was present as the special guest. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam chaired the occasion.
Planning Commission member Senior Secretary Prof Shamsul Alam presented a keynote paper.
In his keynote paper, Prof Shamsul Alam highlighted the government vision to build an inclusive social security system for all which prevents poverty and inequality to raise the standard of living of marginalised people.
Besides, the action plan will cover children’s safety and insurance scheme for elderly people for improving social dignity.Menon said the government is entrusted with the major task of establishing the lifecycle based social protection system and he reaffirmed his commitment to complete the assignment within the stipulated time.
He stressed on implementation of unemployment schemes as some 26 lakh of educated youths are out of work.
MA Mannan said the social securitry programme will help the vulnerable groups to improve social dignity.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said,” Automated monitoring system has been developed for ensuring good governance in social security programmes.”
With a commitment for reducing poverty and inequality and establishing social justice, the government formulated the National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) of Bangladesh in 2015.
UNDP Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee suggested for a mid-term review next year for monitoring progress and challenges of the action plan.