Islamabad: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar recently announced the federal government’s plan to launch an ‘institutional arrangement’ that will enable the corporate and private sectors to connect with the Ehsaas initiative, according to news sources.
She made this announcement while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 12th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit-2020, which was organised by the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH).
According to Dr Sania, a web portal is being developed to enable people to see where their donations are being spent. This system will enable the government to utilise the donations made by private entities with the utmost honesty and integrity. She added that policies were being formulated to incentivise philanthropic donations for corporate bodies on an institutionalised basis.
Additionally, Research Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute Dr Shafqat Muneer observed in his speech that, at present, only petroleum sector firms were obligated to spend one per cent of their earnings on CSR activities and that no other industry was subject to the same regulations.