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Disbursement of cash assistance to lockdown victims begins

Disbursement of cash assistance to lockdown victims begins
April 9, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The disbursement of cash assistance to the deserving families or COVID-19 lockdown victims under Ehsaas Emergency Cash program has been started across the country. In a tweet, Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation Sania Nishtar said that in the first phase, disbursements are being made to Kafalat beneficiaries. She said special arrangements have been put in place at the disbursement points to avoid the spread of the pandemic. Under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program, a sum of Rs12000 each will be given to the deserving families facing financial problems due to coronavirus. The government has allocated 144 billion rupees for this purpose. The special assistant said that seventeen thousand payment points are being established across the country with special protective measures to facilitate payment of cash assistance. She said the people can call our toll free number 0800-26477 for any query. It is pertinent to mention here that the centers have been established in different cities of Pakistan while the payments would be received from 8:00am to 6:00pm on daily basis. A day earlier, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan said that provision of cash assistance to poor deserving families under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme begin from Thursday. He assured that distribution of funds to the deserving families will be totally merit-based, transparent and non-political what may come. The prime minister said the process of awarding cash worth 144 billion rupees to 12 million deserving families will be completed within next two and half weeks. He informed that Coronavirus Relief Tigers Force will continue to identify deserving poor people at district and union council level, and these will be added in the list of deserving people.