The Ehsaas digital payment system encourages women to go to biometric ATMs and branches of banks, empowering them through financial inclusion, said SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar.
“I would encourage Kafaalat beneficiary women to withdraw cash through ATM machines of designated partner banks, wherever possible. It will not just protect them from corrupt financial mistreatment, but bank branches and ATMs also serve them with a receipt detailing transparent record of available cash balance in their saving accounts”, she further added.
Earlier this week, in the meeting with the banks’ leadership, Dr. Sania also urged them to make better use of ATMS so that marginalized segments have an option to access the premises of banks.
In this regard, Dr. Sania also said that she had been receiving feedback form the field that in many bank branches, officers do not wish to mire themselves in the hassle of serving long queues and therefore indicate that ATMs are not open. She emphasized on the use of bank ATMs in public interest.
Ehsaas Kafaalat payments of July 2020 to December 2020 have been commenced nationwide in phases for the seven million beneficiary women. Under the phase I, payments are being made to 4.3 million already registered Kafaalat beneficiaries. Payments to the additional beneficiaries will be made by the December 2020 onwards and the entire process will be completed in the current fiscal year. Beneficiaries of the Kafaalat programme are the destitute women with no other source of livelihoods.
To oversee Kafaalat cash withdrawals through ATM, Dr. Sania went to an HBL branch located at Melody Market in Islamabad Wednesday. During the visit, she assessed the quality of cash withdrawal services through ATMs, interacted with Kafaalat beneficiaries and explained to them how to withdraw Kafaalat cash and check their balance on an ATM.
She also reviewed how HBL provides a hospitable ambience for the disadvantaged women who have never used a bank, including their procedures for facilitating beneficiaries through the new system of biometric verification. She issued directions to bank to make better use of ATMs for Ehsaas Kafaalat recipients.