ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday formally launched Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme for those rendered jobless due to coronavirus from the PM COVID-19 Relief Fund. Over three billion rupees have so far been collected in the Corona Relief Fund.

The prime minister visited an Ehsaas cash distribution site set up here in the Pakistan Sports Complex and witnessed the first batch of job-loss/livelihood-loss affectees, who received the emergency cash assistance of Rs 12,000 each through the system.

On the occasion, he inquired from different victims about the financial impacts in the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic. A number of affectees apprised him about their issues and expressed gratitude to the prime minister for the financial support through the cash programme.

The prime minister said the government took different decisions for keeping continuity in the economical activities and had opened different sectors.

Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, PM’s Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar and other senior officials also accompanied the prime minister.

Over Rs3b have so far been collected in the Corona Relief Fund

Dr Sania Nishtar briefed the prime minister about the whole process. She told the first batch of beneficiaries that the country was passing through difficult times and assured the government’s support to the vulnerable segments of society. She also stressed upon the people to adopt precautionary measures.

According to details, the donations under the PM COVID 19 Fund are being utilized for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash to the deserving job-loss/livelihood-loss affectees. An Ehsaas Emergency Cash of Rs12,000 is being given to each individual. Till today, as many as 3.4 million applications had been received via Ehsaas Labour Portal since the prime minister launched it on May 2.

More than Rs 3 billion has been mobilized so far in the PM’s COVID-19 Fund and the pledges continue to be realized. The prime minister had committed that for each rupee donated by the donors, four rupees would be committed by the government.

In the interest of transparency, details about the disbursement and withdrawal details will be made public.

Abdul Razzaq, an affected driver of Bara Kahu, said that he was jobless for more than two months and expressed his gratitude to the government for the financial support. Shahida, an affectee female tailor from Rawalpindi, also expressed her satisfaction over the cash support and praised the prime minister for the initiative.