ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday officially launched the Ehsaas Emergency Cash program for those who lost their jobs due to coronavirus from the PM COVID-19 Relief Fund. More than three billion rupees so far have been collected in the Corona Relief Fund.
The prime minister visited the Ehsaas money distribution site established here at the Pakistan Sports Complex and witnessed the first wave of job loss / loss of livelihoods, which received Rs 12,000 in emergency aid each through the system.
On that occasion, he asked from different victims about the financial impact after the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of people were advised to inform him of their problems and expressed their gratitude to the prime minister for financial support through the cash program.
The prime minister said the government took a different decision to maintain sustainability in economic activity and had opened up various sectors.
Minister of Industry and Production Hammad Azhar, PM’s Special Assistant for Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar and other senior officials also accompanied the prime minister.
More than Rs3b so far has been collected in the Corona Relief Fund
Dr Sania Nishtar told the prime minister about the whole process. He told the first recipient group that the country was going through difficult times and assured government support for vulnerable segments of society. He also emphasized on people to take precautions.
According to the breakdown, donations under the 19th COVID PM Fund are being used for Ehsaas Cash to beneficiaries of job loss / loss of decent livelihoods. Emergency Ehsaas Cash of Rs 12,000 is given to each individual. To date, as many as 3.4 million applications have been received through the Ehsaas Labor Portal since the prime minister launched it on May 2.
More than Rs 3 billion have been mobilized so far in the COVID-19 PM Fund and promises continue to be realized. The prime minister has committed that for every rupee donated by donors, four rupees will be made by the government.
For the sake of transparency, details of disbursement and withdrawal will be published.
Abdul Razzaq, the affected Bara Kahu driver, said that he was unemployed for more than two months and expressed his gratitude to the government for its financial support. Shahida, a woman tailor who was influenced by Rawalpindi, also expressed satisfaction with cash support and praised the prime minister for the initiative.