‘Largest social protection effort in country’s history’, Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program makes global headlines
The Ehsaas Emergency Cash program is a financial aid effort to support parts of the community that have been affected the most by the ongoing lockdown in the country.
Pakistan has launched the most extensive social protection effort in the country’s history with plans to pay nearly 1 billion dollars to the less fortunate in an attempt to counter the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Special assistant to the PM on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Sania Nishter said, “The Ehsaas Emergency Cash program is a financial aid effort to support parts of the community that have been affected the most by the ongoing lockdown in the country.”
In its latest editorial, CNN highlighted the importance of the cash program. The article also appreciated how Pakistan had launched the largest social assistance program in the country’s history to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
The article stated, “The country’s existing welfare infrastructure gives the state a ’slight advantage over other developing nations’ to roll out such an ambitious program.”
CNN also interviewed the leading financial journalist of Pakistan, Khurram Hussain.
Hussain told CNN, “Pakistan’s poorest “live to day to day on their wages, when they do not work, they do not eat. The lockdown in the country has been in place for a month now, and the effect on daily wagers has been catastrophic.”
“Millions of people in Pakistan who are living below the poverty line have been hit very hard. The Ehsaas Emergency Cash program, if directed properly, could bring much-needed relief to these people,” he added.
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