Govt to Provide Rs. 12,000 Each to Millions Affected by Coronavirus Lockdown

Dr. Sania Nishtar, Prime Minister Special Assistant on Social security and poverty alleviation, has found that during coronavirus lockout, the government would financially support the poor sector of society.

In order to help 10 million Pakistanis, PTI-led government approved the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Plan. Under the plan, 10 million people would share Rs.12,000. The disaster relief plan is projected to help an estimated 67 million people.

As per details, the emergency program will provide Rs. 3,000 to each family over the next four months.

10 million people have been divided into three categories.

  • 4.5 million existing Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries
  • 3 million people who earned Rs.20,000 or less before the lockdown.
  • 2.5 million people will be selected by Ehsaas SMS route.

3 million people will be identified via the national socio-economic database. Whereas, an SMS campaign will be started soon that will establish the eligibility of 2.5 million people.

The government will be using data analytics in order to ensure the program remains transparent and not get abused, said Dr. Sania Nishtar.

Besides, the government has also decided to enforce precautionary measures at the cash distribution sites. It includes hand washing and disinfectants, new currency notes, and distancing in queues.

Dr. Sania Nishtar will address a press conference in the coming days to explain to the public about how the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program will be implemented nationwide.

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