The Ehsaas Asset program will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on 21st Feb, Friday. The program is worth Rs. 15 billion and it will benefit 375 rural councils of the 23 poorest districts in Pakistan.
This program is one of the many under the Ehsaas scheme. It will help in creating opportunities for those in need.
Small assets will be given by the government to those who live below the poverty line so that they can earn a living. These assets include livestock i.e. goats, cows, buffaloes, and poultry, agricultural inputs, Chingchi rickshaws body, and inputs for small retail outlets and small enterprises.
It will begin in 375 rural Union Councils in 23 of the poorest districts across Pakistan. The set target of the program is to provide around 200,000 assets to the deserving households. Based on the initial results the scale of the program will be increased.
This program compliments Ehsaas Kafaalat that was initiated on 31st January 2020. Through this program the government provides cash stipends of Rs. 2000 to 7 million deserving women. A survey was used to identify the beneficiaries of both Ehsaas Kafaalat and Ehsaas Asset program.
An organization, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) attached to Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division is leading the implementation for the Ehsaas Amdan program.
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As per a press release, asset recipient households are also supported to access the Ehsaas interest-free loans if they are present in the area and if they believe that they need more financing for business enhancement.
23 districts in which this program will begin are Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang, Layyah, Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan, Palas Kolai, Torghar, Batagram, Shangla, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Jhal Magsi, Zhob, Sherani, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Tharparkar, and Umerkot.