PM Imran Khan’s Rs 200 billion Ramzan Relief package for low income groups comes into action
ISLAMABAD: PM Imran Khan’s Rs 200 billion Ramzan Relief package for low income groups comes into action.
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet Wednesday approved the release of Rs75 billion out of Rs200 billion from the Prime Minister’s Relief Package for targeted payments to the low-income groups, especially labourers and daily wagers, who have been severely affected by the lockdowns.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the ECC held chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
It was decided to disburse Rs 12,000 per selected person while using the Ehsaas disbursement mechanisms under “Mazdoor Ka Ehsaas Programme”.
For this purpose, a fourth category in addition to already existing three categories in “Ehsaas Kifalat” would be created and standard checks of the Ehsaas Programme would be applied for the identification of beneficiaries.
Earlier, the Committee was told that after usual filters and checks, up to six million low-income people were expected to benefit under the planned 4th category in addition to 12 million labours already targeted through category 1-3 of Kifalat.
“Mazdoor Ka Ehsaas Programme” aims much-needed support in the current situation to the low-income labour/daily wagers mostly involved in activities such as loaders, cleaning staff, contract employees, piece rate workers, self-employed street vendors, construction workers, painters, welders, mechanics, carenters, domestic help, drivers.