Over 615,000 impoverished households have been provided with identity cards by the government.
Presently, the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation has recognized poverty-stricken individuals in 49 districts and distributed the corresponding identity cards.
The government has categorized households into three groups: ultra-poor, moderately poor, and generally poor. This classification is based on various factors such as income sources, expenses, housing conditions, lifestyle, and educational status.
In Nepal, individuals who are unable to spend Rs 22,919 per year are considered poor and are eligible for the card.
The federal, provincial, and local governments will offer incentives and benefits to the intended beneficiaries according to the government’s capacity. The government is particularly focused on granting scholarships, free health insurance, and implementing poverty alleviation measures.
The identification program for the impoverished, initiated in 2070 BS, initially identified the poor in 26 districts, followed by 23 additional districts. The task of identifying the poor in the remaining 28 districts is currently underway, and card distribution will take place next year.