Following the announcement of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program for the poor, the centres all across the country started giving cash to the needy, but non serious attitude of workers, long queues, stampede and mal practicing has raised questions on the management of the Ehsaas Cash Program; and the situation is quite alarming!In the wake of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Imran khan had announced of emergency relief Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program assistance to citizens of pakistan especially those who were labourers, widows, daily wagers.
However it is shocking to receive the reports from some beneficiaries that the amount meant for the beneficiaries is either deducted partially or misappropriated through tempering.
In Tandojam, two women fought each other to receive the money. Unable to find place, to women quarreled.
Chaos was also reported in Jacobabad where some women reached the place designated as a cash counter early and when the gate opened, they formed crowd at the collection area.
Misappropriation of funds also reported in Tandlianwala where the retailers are looting the money of beneficiaries. When the poor woman asked the retailer to provide her cash, it was revealed that the money has already withdrawn earlier.
In another reported incident, police officials in Jahanian district of Punjab, arrested the retailer of Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program for giving deducted cash to the beneficiaries. Police came in to action when the beneficiary complained of getting Rs 9 thousand instead of Rs 12 000.
Women recipients complained that those working at the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program counters are working in collusion with the ‘agent mafia’. Several women fainted because of heat and rush, while many witnessed a lack of proper arrangements. Huge crowds witnessed and many had to wait for hours because of cash shortage.
Moreover, many areas forgot to ensure social distancing.
The poor beneficiaries including women, old, workers, farmers, daily wagers and others appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan that these practices must be checked and necessary action should be initiated against those responsible.