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Transfer of cash assistance to start this week: Sania

April 07, 2020

Islamabad:Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Dr. Sania Nishtar said on Monday that transfer of cash assistance of Rs12,000 to deserving families under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program would begin this week.

Speaking in a programme of Radio Pakistan, she said the federal government was providing cash assistance to support the vulnerable segments of society, affected due to lockdown in the wake of COVID-19. She said deserving people should send an SMS to 8171 and so far over 34 million messages have been received through this service.

She said under this programme, a deserving family will get a one-time assistance of Rs12,000 to cater daily needs for four months, said a press release. Elaborating the eligibility criteria, she said there will three types of messages in response of people’s SMS like eligible, ineligible, or contact to the concerned district administration.

She said those, who will get a message asking to contact the district administration, were not required to go anywhere now as their particulars were being verified automatically. She said those, who will get a message of eligibility, will be informed, in a follow up SMS, that from where and when they should collect their amount.

She said beneficiaries of this programme will be finalised through proper scrutinizing mechanisms like data analytics, wealth profiling, average monthly bills, and travel history. She said the Government employees were not eligible for this scheme.

Replying to a caller, Dr. Sania Nishtar said there would be an option for appeal if a person gets a notification that he was not eligible for the assistance. She said a helpline for this purpose would be established soon.

Answering another caller, she said more than one SMS can be sent from a same mobile number as data has the ability to further scrutinize profile of every individual person.

Replying to a caller regarding SMS response to disabled people, Dr. Sania Nishtar said all such people would have to register with the NADRA database for becoming eligible for financial assistance or package.

She made it clear if a disabled person is not registered with NADRA database then it will be hard to include him in the eligible list during the scrutiny process. She also made it clear that every SMS sent to 8171 is responded promptly and there might be some delay due to rush on the system as millions of people are attempting to send messages simultaneously. She said that messages of eligibility were sent to three million people on the very first day of the SMS campaign.