Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched the Ehsaas Kafaalat Policy for Special Persons that would be beneficial for families of two million differently-abled individuals across the country.
Two million families will benefit under the new "Ehsaas Kafaalat Policy for— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 3, 2020
Special Persons". They will be eligible for a monthly stipend of Rs. 2000.
This is a step toward a disability-inclusive and sustainable post COVID-19 world.
On Thursday, PM made this announcement via Twitter post that two million families will benefit under the PTI government’s new Ehsaas Kafaalat Policy for Special Persons. He added that deserving families would be eligible for a monthly stipend of Rs.2,000. “This is a step towards a disability-inclusive and sustainable post-coronavirus world.”
The announcement comes as the world observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is apt with this year’s theme – “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World”.
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The Ehsaas Kafaalat Policy for Special Persons is based on Ehsaas Kafaalat Programme the government gives out a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 to the “most deserving and poorest women across the country”.
The beneficiaries are identified through a household survey and Ehsaas-NADRA desk registration centers. The initiative comes under Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division led by Dr. Sania Nishtar. The Ehsaas Programme is a bid to uplift marginalized people in the country.
Moreover, the federal government might consider restoring Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme if it has to resort to a blanket lockdown to stem the devastation unleashed by coronavirus while the government’s social safety focus is presently on Ehsaas Kafaalat Programme for which Rs 51.24 billion have been released for 4.27 million female beneficiaries.
A senior official at Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division (PASSD) said, “The cycle of payments made under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme has been completed but you cannot say that the programme has been closed permanently. The option to restore the programme has been kept open- in case the havoc wreaked by coronavirus necessitates the urgency to launch a complete crackdown.”