The PTI-led federal government of Pakistan, under its Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme, launched to help the poor people during the coronavirus pandemic, has so far distributed Rs160.43 billion to over 13.2 million people of the country.
According to the details, nearly half of the amount, Rs72.14 billion, has been distributed to 59.62 million people living in the most populated province of the country, Punjab.
Apart from the health crisis due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the people in the country have been facing the financial crisis as the economy of Pakistan contracted for the first time in 68 years. Asad Umar—the Federal Minister for Planning and Development had said that the coronavirus pandemic may push 20 million to 70 people of the country below the poverty line while 18 million people may lose their current jobs.
In order to help the struggling people, the PTI-led federal government of Pakistan had launched its Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme. The details said that nearly one-third of the total amount, Rs48.61 billion, has been distributed among more than four million people living in the country another province Sindh.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), more than 2.2 million received Rs27.11 billion while 654,000 people in Balochistan received Rs7.94 billion under the government’s initiative to financially help the people during the pandemic.
On the other hand, the government has distributed Rs1.16 billion among 95,000 people in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) while another Rs2.63 billion has been distributed among the 216,000 people in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K).
The federal government had distributed more than Rs810 million in the federal capital of Islamabad among more than 67,000 people.