*ISLAMABAD – Ehsaas Program Chairperson and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar announced that the federal government will provide Health Insaaf Cards* *to 60 million people till the end of this year.*
Addressing a news conference on Saturday, the special assistant said that the government would provide social protection to vulnerable segments of society through a number of programmes.
Dr Sania said despite current austerity drive of the government and voluntary decision of many public sector institutions to not ask for more budget, the budget allocated for social protection has been doubled.
She said social protection aims at measures for poorest of the poor, those facing calamity and disabled people.
Dr Nishtar said that people registered with NADRA as disabled will be issued Health Insaaf Cards in order to provide them free health facility.
Under Ehsaas program, it has been decided that blind people will be provided free white cans while those who are suffering disability of legs will be provided free wheel chairs.