Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Sahiwal today

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Sahiwal today (Friday), wherein amongst other engagements, he will also interact with Ehsaas beneficiaries.

At the site, the prime minister will distribute cheques of Ehsaas interest-free loans and Ehsaas undergraduate scholarship among the selected number of deserving beneficiaries and students from the Sahiwal Division.

Since its launch in March 2019, the different initiatives of Ehsaas- Kafaalat, Waseela-e-Taleem Digital, undergraduate scholarships, interest-free loans, and several others have been implemented in the area to uplift the marginalized populations.

The Sahiwal Division comprises of three districts: Sahiwal, Okara, and Pakpattan.

The currently ongoing Ehsaas survey is 28% complete in Sahiwal Division that will provide basis for widespread social protection interventions.

Once the Ehsaas survey is complete in the division, the enrollment of new Ehsaas beneficiaries will be based on eligibility verification from the new database.

To-date, 18,886 primary school-going children from 9,864 poorest households are currently benefitting from the education conditional cash transfer programme, Waseela-e-Taleem Digital that has massively been reformed under the umbrella of Ehsaas.

In addition, Ehsaas Emergency Cash worth Rs 6 billion has been delivered to 504,205 families of the Sahiwal Division in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In the last one year and a half, more than 42,127 borrowers (69% women) have been provided Ehsaas interest-free loans worth Rs 1.6 million to set up small businesses under the National Poverty Graduation Initiative of Ehsaas.

Under Ehsaas Kafaalat, 115,867 poorest households are benefitting from the monthly stipends of Rs. 2,000. Payment to new Kafaalat beneficiaries will begin tomorrow.

Through the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship programme, around 1,308 scholarships are being awarded to deserving yet brilliant students in Sahiwal, Okara, and Pakpattan districts.

Under the umbrella of Ehsaas, several enhancements are also being planned to expand the scale and scope of Ehsaas interventions in the next phase.