From February 1, 2022, the twice-yearly stipend amount of Ehsaas Kafaalat has been increased from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 13,000. The increase was approved by the federal cabinet in June of last year and will benefit all Ehsaas Kafaalat recipients.
“With the recent increase in Kafaalat stipend amount, all eligible Kafaalat beneficiaries will now receive Rs. 13,000 as a six-monthly stipend amount.” “No agent of partnering banks will be allowed to illegally deduct any money from payments to deserving families,” Dr. Sania said in a televised message to Habib Bank and Bank Alfalah retail agents.
Dr. Sania also warned the agents not to make fraudulent deductions, saying, “A strict action will be taken against agents who make illegal deductions.” They will be prosecuted strictly in accordance with the law.”
She also urged beneficiaries to collect the full Rs. 13,000 payments from the agents, along with the computerized payment receipt, at the time of Kafaalat cash disbursement.
Eligible beneficiaries can make payments at biometric ATMs, mentioned retail stores, and specialized branches operated by partnering banks across the country. Habib Bank accepts payments in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, and Islamabad, while Bank Alfalah accepts payments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Ehsaas Kafaalat is an unconditional cash transfer program that provides cash stipends as well as bank accounts to 8 million of the world’s poorest women.
The Ehsaas Kafaalat payment system makes biometrically enabled six-monthly disbursements to beneficiary women. Beneficiaries are identified through a recently completed Ehsaas survey and Ehsaas Registration Desks in all Tehsils.
Surveyed families can use their Computerized National Identity Card or survey token numbers to check their eligibility and disbursement status in Kafaalat on the Ehsaas 8171 web portal.