ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar on Sunday said that more than one million people have registered successfully for Ehsaas Rashan Riayat Programme so far.
As many as 40 million people have submitted their data in the portal since the start of the registration process, she said while talking to the media during her visit to a general store in Hassan Abdal.
Giving details of the program, Dr Sania explained that an individual of the household can be registered under this program. A monthly subsidy of Rs.1000 / – will be given to each family. She said that massive awareness is being raised among shopkeepers on using the Ehsaas Rashan Riayat Program web portal.
She said that relief will be provided to 20 million families under this initiative as per directives of the prime minister through providing subsidy on flour, pulses, and cooking oil or ghee. The subsidy of Rs22 will be given on flour, Rs105 on ghee and Rs55 on pulses, she said.
She said that the present government is prioritizing providing relief to the masses and resolving their issues. She said that her division is providing step-by-step guidance to deserving families as well as grocery merchants about the registration process and eligibility of the program.
She said that the deserving beneficiaries will be identified through the Ehsaas National Socio Economic Registry Survey. She said that low-income families will register through the Ehsaas Rashan portal through their Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) and the mobile number issued on this CNIC.
She said that only one member of the family will be eligible to register on the portal. Similarly, grocery merchants can also register themselves on the portal. She emphasised that it is important for the grocery merchants to have a valid bank account and those who are without accounts can open their bank accounts at the nearest branches of National Bank of Pakistan.
The authorised grocery merchants who have bank accounts will download the Mobile Point of Sale (MPoS) application on their cell phones to track the eligibility of eligible buyers and pass on the subsidy.