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Sania Nishtar warns agents deducting amounts from Ehsaas Kafaalat Payments

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar has caveated of strict actions being taken against fraudster agents involved in deductions from disbursements of Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries.

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Warning agents to refrain from deductions, Dr. Sania further reaffirmed that all those involved in deductions from payments of Kafaalat beneficiaries will be dealt with strictly according to the law.

Ehsaas Kafaalat payments for the period January to June 2022 are underway across all Tehsils countrywide.

Prime Minister has raised the six-monthly stipend amount of Ehsaas Kafaalat from Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000. With this increase in the Kafaalat stipend by Rs 2,000 all eligible beneficiaries of Kafaalat are now being paid Rs 14,000.

Highlighting important pointers regarding defrauding activities, Dr. Sania emphasized on three things: Firstly, all Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries should get full payment of Rs 14,000. Beneficiaries whose children are enrolled in Ehsaas Taleemi Wazaif; their stipend amount is more than Rs 14,000.

“I would strongly advise all Ehsaas recipients not to forget collecting computerized receipt at the time of payment and double check that the stipend amount mentioned on the receipt is aligned with the cash received”, Dr. Sania reiterated.

Secondly, she asked beneficiaries not to submit CNICs to retailers prior to Ehsaas payment. Original CNIC should be presented only at the time of Ehsaas payment. “No agent is allowed to hold CNICs of Ehsaas beneficiaries”, she said.

Thirdly, Dr. Sania urged beneficiaries, “Beware of agents who may try to deny cash payments at the time of biometric verification asking recipients to come later some other day. This is not acceptable, and beneficiaries should immediately report such instances to the district administrations and Ehsaas Tehsil offices in their respective districts. Cautioning agents in newly issued video message, Dr. Sania also referred to Quranic verses about the importance of honesty.

“Woe to those that deal in fraud. Those who, when they have to receive by measure from people, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. Do they not think that they will be called to account? For a mighty day. A Day when all people will stand before the Lord of the Worlds?” (Qur’an, 83: 1-6).

Further, she mentioned another verse wherein Allah says, “So give full measure and full weight and nor withhold from the people the things that are their due; and do no mischief on the earth after it has been set in order. That will be better for you, if ye are believers,” (Qur’an, 7: 85).

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