ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Social Security and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar on Friday said that Ehsaas’ digital survey will cover every corner of the country until June 2021 for proper identification of the poor, under the umbrella of the Ehsaas Program.
“More than 78 percent of the Ehsaas Program’s digital surveys have been completed to date to enroll underprivileged people to bring them into the social safety net,” he said in an interview with the PTV news channel.
SAPM promises that Ehsaas’ digital survey process will be impartial and merit-based without any political influence, according to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision. He urged the media to play their role in creating mass awareness about the survey, adding that the registration of new beneficiaries was dependent on data from the new survey.
Regarding the one-window facility to be eligible under the Ehsaas Program, he said the operation would be inaugurated this year, adding that the Center would facilitate beneficiaries to get information about all Ehsaas benefits and services available to them in one place. The first ‘One Window Ehsaas Center’ opens in Islamabad, which will be a one-stop shop that will integrate all Ehsaas programs under one roof, he added.
SAPM said single window operations centers will also be established in other major cities, which will help Ehsaas Program beneficiaries, in addition to reducing the possibility of duplication. He said the Ehsaas Program was the government’s major poverty alleviation initiative under the vision of PM Imran Khan, which brought positive changes in the lives of the poor and deserving.
He said the government had launched more than 140 programs, policies and initiatives for 14 different mass categories under the Ehsaas Program including the very poor, orphans, widows, homeless, unemployed, poor peasants, laborers, sick people, who are at risk of medical impoverishment. , those who are malnourished, students from low-income backgrounds and poor women and the elderly.
He said that the prime minister just wanted everyone in the country to have enough food and shelter, adding that the prime minister had launched various ‘arrows’ programs. [shelter homes] and ‘Koi Bhokha Na Soye’ [No one should sleep hungry] for the homeless, which has now opened across the country. The government is exerting maximum efforts and resources to bring about positive change in society and ensure the welfare of the poor, he added.