Social protection budget doubled as compared to past government’s: Sania

Staff Reporter

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar Thursday said that the budgetary allocations for social protection has been doubled as compared to any past government’s budget and 100% budget utilized over the last three years.

In a statement on the completion of three years of government and Ehsaas, the SAPM said the first-ever National Ehsaas survey has been completed to identify socio-economic status of households after lagging 10 years, despite COVID-19 pandemic.

Around 15 million families (100 million people) have been supported during the COVID-19 (half of the country’s population) under the Ehsaas Emer-gency Cash which was the third largest program globally and the fastest the world over (World Bank).

A total of 12 million families would get cash grants this year, 30 percent of the country’s population under this initiative, she said.

Dr. Sania conveyed that children in all classes, in every district, of all Ehsaas eligible families are eligible for Ehsaas education stipends.

A total of 50 Ehsaas Nashonuma centers have been opened to address stunting and the program is being upscaled nationwide.

Under the largest scholarship program ever run in the country, 142,000 Ehsaas undergraduate scholarships granted in two years.

One Window Ehsaas was being upscaled nation-wide while 20 other Ehsaas programs were also running, including Ehsaas Langars, Ehsaas Pana-gahs and Ehsaas Koye Bhooka Na Soye.