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April 22, 2020

Prime Minister opens Ehsaas Ration Portal

Islamabad

April 22, 2020

Islamabad : Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday opened the Ehsaas Ration portal to facilitate the private sector in providing food rations to the most vulnerable affected in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Through the portal, the role of government will be to facilitate match-making between donors and beneficiaries (e.g., on geographic basis) and provide data of eligible beneficiaries to donors. During this crisis, many private sector organizations have expressed their willingness to support the needy, complementing the support that the government is providing.

This portal enables this generosity to be coordinated across the country. To facilitate the process, the government has developed a web-based portal, accessible at https://Ration .pass.gov.pk/

Addressing a press conference, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated, “Ehsaas Ration Portal will enable philanthropists, charity organisations and other non-government organizations to reach out to deserving families and provide rations to poor segments of the society. The online portal will play a vital role in making the ration distribution system completely transparent.”

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar said, “The role of the government is entirely match making between credible donors, and eligible beneficiaries.” Part of Ration portal protocols, beneficiaries’ information will be validated, and eligibility determined using Ehsaas data. Donors will be evaluated against a specific eligibility criterion to ensure only trustworthy, tax compliant, and at-scale organizations become partners of the program.

Further, after signing data privacy agreements, beneficiary information will be shared with donors to ensure disbursement of food ration packs or cash equivalent to beneficiaries. The government will ensure one person from family gets benefit and will monitor delivery on a sample basis. The private sector will be responsible for establishing mechanism for sourcing and disbursement of Ration or cash equivalent for beneficiaries.

Donors will be given a list of parameters to select from to identify which segment of the beneficiaries do they want to support. The parameters include area of residence district/tehsil, gender of the beneficiary, etc. Based on the chosen parameters a subset of beneficiaries will be identified from a larger pool who may then benefit based on a first-in first-out basis. There are two categories of donors that the government is looking towards initially in the Ehsaas Ration Portal i.e. For-profit private organisations and Not-for-profit private organizations. Their eligibly criteria are posted on the website https://Ration .pass.gov.pk/. We are starting with large corporate donors with annual revenue of at least Rs2 billion willing to donate at least Rs10 million in Ration packs or cash equivalent. Similarly, NGOs approved by Ministry of Interior and EAD willing to donate Rs2 billion are invited to participate at this stage.