Prime Minister Imran Khan launched Ehsaas Kafalat programme for millions of most deserving women in the society.
Ehsaas Kafalat programme launching ceremony held in Islamabad today (Friday), the programme is designed facilitate seven million most deserving women in Pakistan in three phases.
While addressing to ceremony, Prime Minister said that the programme will bring a social revolution in the country, our government is taking all mandatory steps to empower women.
Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division
Prime Minister’s Ehsaas program was developed by the Poverty Alleviation Coordination Council after extensive consultations. The Council is chaired by Dr. Sania Nishtar.
- According to Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division, the arrangements for launching this pro-poor initiative have been completed with start of enrollment of one million families in 70 districts in the first phase.
How much amount women receive through Ehsaas Kafalat programme
Sources said, a total of 7 million most deserving women across the country will be enrolled in the Ehsaas Kifalat Programme to provide cash assistance of Rs. 2000 monthly, interest free loans up to Rs. 75,000 and other facilities gradually in phases.
When women receive stipend under Ehsaas Kafalat programme
Selected families will start receiving Kifalat stipends from February to March 2020 while more beneficiaries would be added through desk registration over the course of the year.
How beneficiaries will be identified for Ehsaas Kafalat programme
The beneficiaries will be identified through a household survey and Ehsaas NADRA Desk Registration Centers assisted by SMS and Kifalat web-service. At least one desk registration centre has been established in each Tehsil.
The registered households will pass through the data analytics to verify their eligibility and will be paid the amount through the new biometric Ehsaas digital payment system to ensure transparency, the official informed.
The women having their own bank accounts and bio-metric enabled ATMs will be able to draw money from Point of Sales (PoS) agents, dedicated branches and ATMs of Habib Bank Limited and Alfalah Bank which will save them from exploitation of sale agents.
The beneficiaries will be able to get the cash assistance of Rs. 2,000 on monthly basis during the first week through their saving accounts.
The payment will be totally bio metric made through two designated banks only and identification of beneficiaries will be conducted through door to door digital survey, data analytics, desk survey and web survey.
All Ehsaas graduation opportunities will be made available to the beneficiaries to uplift their living standard. The QR codes on Kifalat cards and bar codes on ID cards coupled with bio-metric verification can enable Kifalat to expand its horizon of support for the poor families, e.g., at utility Stores and other service points in future, the official informed.
How to apply in Ehsaas Kafaalat programme
Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Division is working on the statistics of House hold surveys and census, along with the help of NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority). It will select people by a computerize process on basis of specific criteria designed by the division.
What is Ehsaas Programme
Ehsaas is about the creation of a ‘welfare state’ by countering elite capture and leveraging 21st century tools—such as using data and technology to create precision safety nets; promoting financial inclusion and access to digital services; supporting the economic empowerment of women; focusing on the central role of human capital formation for poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development; and overcoming financial barriers to accessing health and post-secondary education.
The program’s principles and approaches also center on tapping whole-of-government multi-sectoral collaboration for solutions; ensuring joint federal-provincial leadership; and mainstreaming the role of the private sector through an approach which will provide a level playing field on the one hand and foster locally-relevant innovation on the other, to create jobs and promote livelihood in quick-win areas. The program’s premise is grounded in the importance of strengthening institutions, transparency and good governance.
The program is for the extreme poor, orphans, widows, the homeless, the disabled, those who risk medical impoverishment, for the jobless, for poor farmers, for laborers, for the sick and undernourished; for students from low-income backgrounds and for poor women and elderly citizens. This plan is also about lifting lagging areas where poverty is higher.
Ehsaas’ poverty reduction strategy is articulated in four pillars and it currently embodies 115 policy actions, which may be expanded as the process of consultations on the program, further widens. The four pillars include: addressing elite capture and making the government system work to create equality; safety nets for disadvantaged segments of the population; jobs and livelihoods; and human capital development.