Workers and day laborers from across the country applaud the government’s decision to extend the last date of disbursement under the internationally recognized Ehsaas Emergency Money program to the end of October to ensure cash provision for those eligible for assistance.
The historic emergency cash program has so far benefited more than 15 million families, whose livelihoods were affected during the coronavirus lockdown, providing them with financial assistance of Rs. 12,000 while those facing bio-metric issues and recipient deaths are still receiving payments.
The program launched immediately after the pandemic with a particular focus on a transparent selection process for the identification of eligible beneficiaries and digital payment mechanisms in a challenging period of lockdown became a huge success and emerged as an example and historic relief action taken by any country.
Ehsaas Emergency Cash program beneficiary Rehman Khan, resident of Chagarmathi Peshawar said he had received financial assistance of Rs 12,000 during COVID-19 which proved a blessing for him after he lost his job during the lockdown.
He said that although it is difficult to wait for hours in front of a mobile franchise without housing facilities and clean drinking water to simply collect payments, this amount means a lot to him and helps him when he is most needed.
Munazza Shafiq, a mother of four who had to move with her family from Jhang to Multan during the lockdown period to live with her mother because she was unable to provide for her family’s living expenses after her husband lost his job.
Although he was not sure he would get a response from the SMS he sent for emergency money after moving elsewhere, but he was surprised to see the message from the government for the collection of Rs. 12000 recently.
He hurried back to Jhang to get the money. “I am happy and happy to receive this amount and it fulfills many of my basic needs,” said Munazza adding that the situation has now returned to normal and hopes that her husband can find work to support the family, she said.
Muhammad Yousuf, a daily bookmaker, said he was suffering from severe mental stress after losing his job during the lockdown. It was a critical time for her as she couldn’t even feed her children three meals a day and cover other expenses.
The assistance received under Ehsaas helped him meet his daily living expenses during the most difficult times. “It saved me from troubled water,” he said adding that the government had won our hearts by launching a much-needed aid program.
Hafeez Elahi’s mother, a widow, said she was unable to feed her children and manage family expenses during the lockdown period. Cash amount of Rs. 12000 at that time was a big relief for my family because it helped me manage the family budget.
He said he had no problem gathering help from the designated Ehsaas Payment Center where the staff was very cooperative.
Sughran Bibi, a widow of Mohammad Sharif, a resident of Chak 40-GB Satyana, who visited the BISP office, Jalan Satyana to receive financial assistance, shared that she is looking after seven daughters and two sons with disabilities.
He expressed satisfaction with the cash assistance and praised Prime Minister Imran Khan for considering the plight of the poor who suffered the most during the lockdown.
He said that he received the cash amount after the biometric verification process without delay and staff at the payment center were very supportive.
Akram Shah, a taxi driver in the federal capital said he could not earn during the lockdown period because the number of customers decreased. It happened for the first time when she didn’t have money to pay for her rent, let alone other expenses.
While waiting for a customer at the corner of the street, I got a message from the Ehsaas program about a payment that was no less magical for me. Some have questioned the value of Rs. 12,000 in a period of inflation but for me it is a blessing.
Haji Mushtaq, a beneficiary from Lahore appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani government of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to care for the poor and vulnerable sections of society in difficult circumstances.
He said he was given financial assistance of Rs 12,000 during the Covid 19 pandemic when he was hit by lockdowns and lost his daily wage job. However the cash amount under Ehsaas proved to be a blessing for my family in times of need.
Sharing his experiences at the Ehsaas Kafalat Center in the Cant area, he said he witnessed efficient service delivery by trained and cooperative district government staff at the payment collection center. “These initiatives should be continued to help the poor overcome their financial difficulties on a regular basis,” he added.
Another beneficiary of Yaqoob Khan, a resident of the Nishter Colony who called the facilities at the Ehsaas Kafalat Center in Nishter City as outstanding, said that special arrangements including clean drinking water, seating, waiting areas and shelters in addition to security were ensured to facilitate visiting people. these centers.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to Covid-19 are strictly enforced by district governments to contain the spread of the virus, he said, adding that the sms alert system to inform applicants of eligibility and payment alerts is an effective step to avoid inconvenience. for people.
Mohammad Shaukat Khan from the Yakatoot area, Peshawar, who sells vegetables on his cart, appreciated the extension of emergency cash disbursements at the last date and said the decision created a ray of hope for those who still have not received their payments.
He said he had applied for emergency cash assistance but did not meet the eligibility criteria but he is happy for those who benefit from this initiative.
The Ehsaas Emergency Cash program was launched by the Prime Minister, Imran Khan on April 1, 2020, keeping in mind the economic difficulties experienced by vulnerable communities due to the coronavirus lockdown.