Govt policies must target poverty reduction-Fr. Chiti

 

GOVERNMENT policies should be aimed at reducing poverty in the country and addressing the needs of the marginalised people in society, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) executive director Leonard Chiti has advised. In an interview with the Sunday Nation, Fr. Chiti said that Government should do more in terms of coming up with policies that were directed at poverty reduction. He explained that Government policies should have a positive impact on people and address the poverty situation in the country. Fr. Chiti pointed out that most of the current Government policies were not progressive because more than half of the Zambian population was still classified poor. “Government policies should have a positive impact on people and address the poverty situation in the country. “But most of the policies at the moment are not doing that because more than half of the population is classified poor,” he said. Fr. Chiti reiterated that the current Government policies were not working to the expectations of the church and expectations of the Zambian people.   He said that good policies ensure that jobs were created in the country, and offer opportunities for people to earn a decent income. Fr. Chiti stressed the need for policies to be dynamic and contribute towards improving the living standards of the people in the country. He said that good policies should also be the ones which Government could easily revise if working well at a particular moment. Fr. Chiti, however, pointed out that he was happy with the social protection policy and that it had made remarkable difference in the lives of people especially through the Social Cash Transfer. He said that the funds made a big difference in the lives of people especially the marginalised, whom he said were faced with a lot of hardships. Fr. Chiti also stressed the need to implement policies correctly and that most of the Government policies had failed at the implementation stage. He advised Government to continue implementing policies such as the Social Cash Transfer because they helped people who could not help themselves. “There is need for policies to be dynamic and contribute towards improving the living standards of people in a country. I’m, however, happy with the social protection policy. It has made remarkable difference in the lives of people especially through the Social Cash Transfer.  “Government should continue implementing policies such as these because they help people who cannot help themselves,” said Fr. Chiti.

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