The Government of Pakistan has decided to launch its flagship Rs. 120 billion Ehsaas Ration Program, which will provide deserving citizens with up to Rs. 1,000 per month in utility store relief.
According to sources, the mega relief program’s first phase has begun in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A 20-kg bag of wheat worth Rs. 950 will cost Rs. 510 under the new targeted subsidy, saving customers Rs. 440. Similarly, the subsidy for ghee will be Rs. 105 per kilogram and the subsidy for pulses will be Rs. 55 per kilogram.
According to officials from a utility store, up to 3,700 utility stores across the country will gradually provide customers with subsidies on three basic items. They claimed that in the first phase, 150 regional stores in Rawalpindi and Islamabad were chosen.
Families earning less than Rs. 50,000 would receive a monthly subsidy of Rs. 1,000. The Ehsaas Ration Program has so far registered 19 million deserving families.
The flagship program is expected to benefit 53% of the country’s population.