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Govt’s Ehsaas Program Disburses Rs. 32.87 Billion to 2.73 million families

According to the released details, more than 2.739 million people have received cash assistance of Rs. 12,000 each that sums up roughly to Rs. 32.87 billion until now.

The Ehsaas Emergency Cash program has been active for the last 6 days.

The registration process to receive emergency cash of Rs. 12,000 per family distributed under this scheme is SMS driven, and this has been ongoing for the last two weeks. To date, 78.44 million SMS requests have been received. “It is possible that several people from one family apply, hence the number of families applying may be less than this number”, said Dr. Sania.

Ehsaas has announced that the SMS campaign will be opened till the 19th of this month. Ehsaas has also released an instructional video to explain to people what they should expect.

Dr. Sania stated,

“In order to incentivize branchless banking operations from operating in the current difficult environment, the Cabinet has approved a waiver of advance withholding tax on commission collected under section 233 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 from branchless banking agents. We are striving to do all we can to make sure that bonafide branchless banking operators keep their operations open so that the maximum number of people is facilitated.”

“However, there will no tolerance for corruption”, she further added. More than 177 looters have been arrested from the payment points against 140-First Investigation Reports filed in various parts of Sindh, Punjab, KP, and Balochistan.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari Tuesday said 900 affluent expatriates had donated Rs. 45 million in the PM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund via his ministry’s web portal.

He said the philanthropists from 45 countries had donated generously since the launching of the portal. Most of the donors were from the United Kingdom and United States.
Zulfikar Bukhari said a large number of overseas Pakistanis had taken responsibility for the ration of 2,400 families during the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development had set up a portal on April 13, to accept the expats’ donations for the PM’s corona relief fund. It also enabled the overseas Pakistanis to donate ration for poor and needy families.

The special assistant also announced the creation of an overseas tiger force. The force would provide rations to those overseas Pakistanis who were stranded abroad due to the coronavirus crisis, he added.

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