Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr. Sania Nishtar Wednesday said that the cash grant has successfully been distributed among 10.3 million families in a short span of time under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme.
She said while speaking to Radio Pakistan’s Current Affair Program that the provision of funds under the Ehsaas Programme is purely made on the basis of merit and transparency is ensured throughout the process.
It is appreciable that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government ran a huge program without any political involvement and influence, she added. Sania explained that multiple projects are running under the umbrella of the Ehsaas Initiative, adding, we do not have any mechanism to provide financial assistance at the doorstep of poor families, however, we are identifying the deserving people and distributing money with the consultation of provincial governments.
We have centers of distribution that are following all SOPs and precautionary measures properly, she
She said the Ehsaas program also includes micro-financing programs that would help generate income for respectable livelihood and Poor people need to be provided with opportunities to get themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty. She added that our government had helped all the poor people without any political discrimination.
Ehsaas Emergency Cash program is the initiative launched by the Prime Minister on April 1, 2020, in the context of the economic hardship being experienced by the vulnerable due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The financial assistance under the program is meant to help them buy rations so that they don’t go hungry. The program covers 12 million families; 12,000 per family, total budget Rs. 144 billion.