Days after announcing the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program, the federal government has formally started registrations.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched an SMS service that will connect the deserving families to the government’s database for Ehsaas Emergency Cash.
Under this program, the federal government will provide Rs. 12,000 to every family facing financial crunch due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. As per the Chairperson Ehsaas Program, Dr. Sania Nishtar, as many as 10 million families across the country will benefit from this offer.
Given below is a step-by-step guide on how to register for the program.
According to one of her statements, one individual from each deserving family can apply for the program. However, the following people will not be eligible.
- Government employees (in-service or retired)
- Those who own a property
- Have utility bills more than Rs. 10,000
- Registered with other government relief/funding schemes
How to Apply
The government has kept registration for this program straightforward to ensure that even an illiterate person with basic knowledge of mobile phones can apply.
To get yourself enrolled for the emergency cash, all you have to do is to write your CNIC number in an SMS and send it to 8171.
The government will filter out your details in its socio-economic database. Within the next 24 hours, you will receive an SMS for confirmation or rejection.
In a TV interview earlier, Dr. Sania said that they have a comprehensive system in place to detect the applications from affluent people.
With the help of NADRA, we have developed two layers of people in our National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) database. In the first layer, the overall filtering based on various parameters, such as, based on their occupation, belongings, and bank balance, will identify the affluence of people.
These people will receive a ‘regret message’ from the system.
How to Receive the Money
People who will pass through the first layer will be identified as ‘poor’ in the system and will be considered eligible for the relief fund. After the due process, the system will send them a message with all the details as to which bank they should visit to withdraw their emergency funds.
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