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Ehsaas Cash Emergency Program will eliminate economic problems


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

06th Apr, 2020. 02:07 pm
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Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan says Ehsaas Cash Emergency Program is the manifestation of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s love and affection for the poor and working class of the country.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that this program will help in eliminating the economic problems of the deprived classes. She said Naya Pakistan agenda is to serve the laymen of the country.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said under this program, 144 billion rupees will be distributed among twelve million families. She said an amount of 12,000 rupees will be paid one time to deserving families. The results of this historic initiative will provide relief to the deserving people from all four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

The special assistant said effective procedures have been put in place to ensure transparency in the whole process.

Earlier

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Dr. Sania Nishtar has said Federal Government will provide cash assistance of 12,000 rupees to over 12 million deserving families under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program in the wake of COVID-19.

She spoke at a news briefing in Islamabad on Sunday, she said an SMS service to get the assistance is continuing and we have received millions of messages on 8171.

She said that the PTI government is running the biggest relief campaign in country’s history.

She, however, said that additional resources may earmarked if the demand for Ehsas Emergency Cash assistance is higher. Quota for all the federating units, including Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir, allocated as per census, she said that Punjab has earmarked additional funds for 700,000 people and Sindh 250,000 people of deserving families. Transfer of cash assistance will ensured in transparent and rule-based manner. There will be three types of responses to people’s SMS seeking cash assistance, which include eligible, ineligible, and contact to your respective district administration. Employees of provincial and federal governments are not eligible for the assistance.

At present we have database of employees of provincial and federal governments, Railways, Pakistan Post, and BISP, while data of autonomous bodies will hopefully be available in next 24 hours. An SMS response will have to go through the wealth profiling test before becoming eligible for the assistance. Existing Kafalat beneficiaries, who are getting regular cash transfer of 2000 rupees per month, will be given additional one thousand rupees; hence, they too will get a tranche of 12,000 rupees covering four months. Under this category 4.5 million people will benefited. Higher eligibility or poverty threshold will used to identify four million beneficiaries through the national socioeconomic databases, while another 3.5 million people will come from districts.

Furthermore Dr. Sania Nishtar said that deserving families will get cash assistance of 12,000 rupees after biometric verification through over 18,065 sale points or retail shops of Habib Bank Limited and Bank Al-Falah across Pakistan.

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