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Ehsaas Revises Eligibility Criteria to Benefit Low-Income Families

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Under the Ehsaas umbrella, the meeting of the Ehsaas Rashan Riayat Steering Committee was convened at the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division (PASSD) in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the meeting.

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The meeting commenced with the briefing on the roll out progress of Ehsaas Rashan Riayat.

The steering committee was informed that the Ehsaas Rashan Registration website received 700 million hits since the registration opened in the first phase. Overall, 19.5 million applications were received out of which 9.3 million were those of unique families under the first phase of registrations.

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“Applications of the registered families are currently going through data analytics. Those whose eligibility has been determined are being sent 8171 confirmation messages in a phased manner. Also, eligible families have already started availing the Ehsaas Rashan subsidy from the network of 7,978 Utility Stores and National Bank of Pakistan’s (NBP) authorized Kiryana retailers”, stated Dr. Sania Nishtar.

Members of the committee took targeting decisions in line with the decision of Federal Cabinet to support low-income families through the targeted subsidies programme of Ehsaas.

Revising the eligibility criteria, the committee agreed to change the family income threshold to a certain level so that maximum number of deserving families could benefit from the programme.

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Under the second phase of registration, Ehsaas 8171 SMS service has also recently been reopened to register low-income families for Ehsaas Rashan Riayat programme.

Families earning below Rs 50,000 a month can self-register by sending their CNIC number to 8171.

The Ehsaas Rashan portal (https://ehsaasrashan.pass.gov.pk/) is also open to register Kiryana retailers.

The steering committee has the mandate to oversee the roll out of the Ehsaas Rashan Riayat through PASSD and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

Under the stewardship of the steering committee, a Project Management Unit (PMU) has also been established within the Division.

PMU will provide oversight over the project’s fiscal management, monitoring and evaluation, and policy.

The Ehsaas Rashan Riayat programme offers 30% targeted subsidy for 20 million families on the purchase of flour, pulses, cooking oil or ghee every month.

The programme is funded jointly by the federal and provincial governments of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

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