Govt to expand scope of ‘Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program’: PM Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the government was taking measures to expand the scope of ‘Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program’, ARY News reported.

PM Imran Khan said this while visiting an Ehsaas cash distributing point in Rawalpindi. He said that the sole purpose of the program was to provide financial assistance to the deserving families in this difficult time.

PM Imran maintained that the government provided financial assistance to the poor under the program purely on merit. On the occasion, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Welfare Dr Sania Nishtar briefed the prime minister about the program.

Earlier on April 15, more than 2.73 million people had received cash assistance of Rs12,000 each under the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar had said.

In a statement, she had said that a sum of Rs32.87 billion had ben disbursed among deserving families across the country so far. She had added as many as 78.44 million SMS requests had been received for the grant under the programme.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump in a telephonic conversation yesterday discussed COVID-19 pandemic related challenges, its implications on global economy, and ways to mitigate its impact.

They also exchanged views on regional issues and further strengthening of Pakistan-U.S. cooperation. Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed sympathies and condolences on the loss of so many precious lives in the U.S. due to coronavirus. Prime Minister Imran Khan also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

He emphasized that Pakistan was facing a dual challenge of overcoming the pandemic and saving people, particularly the most vulnerable segments of the population, from hunger due to lockdown. He underlined that the government had put together a 8 billion dollar package to support the affected people and businesses.

While thanking President Trump for the U.S. support in the IMF and other fora, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that it would provide necessary fiscal space to Pakistan and help in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister’s call for “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for the developing countries is in the same context.

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