Ehsaas Rehri Ban Project: Special quota to be allocated for women, transgender: Sania

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar has said that under the ‘Ehsaas Rehri Ban’ project, special quota will be allocated for women and Transgender, pedlars to provide them a conducive business environment and ensuring their respectable livelihood.

In an interview with APP on Sunday, she termed the program as the most challenging initiative in terms of deployment which would be initially implemented in the Sectors G-8, G-10 and G-11 of the federal capital.

Dr. Sania Nishtar said that the poor and small pedlars in the main ‘Markaz’ of these sectors are being provided with the licenses and modern cart at their points after conducting proper survey. “The ultimate goal of this program is to protect them from exploitation at any level”, she added.

She said the scope of this project will be expanded to the whole city and a proper mechanism will be developed to extend this facility in a transparent manner, without any favoritism.

The SAPM pointed out that there were few women pedlars in these sectors too who are being facilitated under this project.

Talking about the Ehsaas Targeted Subsidy Program, she said that this initiative will help address the difficulties of the common people through minimizing the impact of inflation on them and increasing their purchasing capacity.

Dr. Sania said that controlling inflation and facilitating the marginalized community are the top most priorities of the present government.

Prime Minister, Imran Khan is very much concerned about impact of inflation on poor people and discusses the way forward to address this issue in every meeting.

Explaining the procedure, she said that the eligible families, to be identified through a transparent system, will be able to avail the facility of buying essential commodities like flour, Sugar, Ghee etc. on subsidized rates.

The families will be able to know their eligibility status through the Ehsaas portal for availing this facility and visit the designated stores where the shopkeeper with the help of an installed app will check their information and then pass on the subsidy, the SAPM added.

About expansion of the Ehsaas One Window initiative nationwide, she said that the Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have agreed to provide space for establishing One Window Centers to facilitate the Ehsaas beneficiaries.

The One Window Center in federal capital is facilitating thousands of disadvantaged people from far flung areas through providing them all the services related to NADRA, designated banks, Langar, Panahgah etc and guidance about all the 19 Ehsaas projects.

Responding to a question about progress on the Ehsaas National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER), Dr. Sania said that the survey is the backbone of all the Ehsaas projects as benefits are extended to the deserving people after checking their socio-economic data with the help of this survey.

The survey was lingering since the last decade. “We have completed this survey up to 99.7 percent after hard work of three years, even crossing the target of the households given by the Bureau of Statistics”, she said.—APP

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