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All You Should Know About the Government’s Ehsaas Program

Eligibility, Registration, and More for the Ehsaas Program

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(March 11, 2020) Update:

Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, has unveiled another another project under the Ehsaas program.

According to reports, the Utility Stores Corporation and general shops would get a monthly subsidy of 30% under the Ehsaas Riyayat Ration Program for wheat flour, cooking oil, ghee, and legumes. Around 20 million lower-income homes would profit from the effort, and members of qualifying families will be able to receive a discount of PKR 22 per kg on flour, PKR 55 per kg on pulses, and PKR 105 per kg on ghee.

Updated on February 28, 2022:

In order to register low-income households for the Ehsaas Rashan Riayat initiative under its flagship Ehsaas Programme, the Pakistani government has reactivated the SMS service.

In a statement, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar said, “Keeping in view the keen interest of the people, we have decided to reopen the Ehsaas 8171 SMS service so that more deserving families can benefit from the Rashan Riayat programme of Ehsaas.” “The program’s official launch in collaboration with the National Bank of Pakistan is just about to happen. Everything is set up in this regard,” she said.

Families can sign up for the subsidy program if their combined monthly income is less than PKR 50,000. One applicant family member must text their CNIC number to 8171 in order to register. The cellphone number used to transmit the message must be issued under the same CNIC, so please take note of that.

The government received approximately 19.5 million applications for the first round of registration, and as a result, it was able to identify over 9 million distinct families whose eligibility was being checked by the “Ehsaas Survey Registry and Data Analytics.”

Updated on February 18, 2022:

Bill Gates, a co-founder of Microsoft, has referred to the government’s Ehsaas Programme as a “state of the art” effort to combat poverty and aid the nation’s poor populations.

According to reports, Gates, who is on his first trip to Pakistan, said this while speaking with Dr. Sania Nishtar, the SAPM for Poverty Alleviation, in Islamabad. He was also informed that the much praised Ehsaas initiative’s programs are all driven by data, digitization, and openness.

Dr. Nishtar also spoke with the co-founder of Microsoft on the governance reforms under Ehsaas and its Building and Rebuilding Institutions Initiative (BRI).

Update (17 May 2021):

The world’s top four social security programs, according to the World Bank, include Prime Minister Imran Khan’s well praised Ehsaas Payment Program.

The World Bank recently released a study titled “Global Social Protection Responses to COVID-19” that detailed how various social protection measures were prepared for and put into place by various nations in response to the coronavirus epidemic that has devastated the whole world.

Leading media sites said that the 650-page volume placed Ehsaas Emergency Cash “third internationally in terms of the proportion of population covered amongst those that covered over 100 million people” and “fourth globally in terms of the number of individuals covered.”

It’s important to note that the World Bank analysis only included nations with outstanding “six-digit levels.” Thankfully, one of them is the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Plan.

(March 26, 2021) Update:

The extension of the internationally praised Ehsaas Program by the Pakistani government has received $600 million in approval from the World Bank.

The crisis-resistant social protection program will receive funding from the International Development Association (IDA), according to a news statement from the World Bank Board of Executive Directors (CRISP). With the help of these monies, the government would be able to progressively increase the scope of its flagship Ehsaas Program, which aims to give financial support to low-income families all around the nation, particularly in the aftermath of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Millions of families in Pakistan are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those who work in the unorganized sector without savings or who are not covered by the social safety net programs, according to Najy Benhassine, the World Bank’s country director for Pakistan. This investment “supports Ehsaas in establishing a more effective adaptive social protection system that offers a new paradigm for crisis-response and strengthening household resilience to future shocks,” according to the statement.

Update (10 February 2021):

The country’s poor households would receive full help and social protection, according to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Speaking at a ceremony for the Ehsaas Kafalat Program’s second phase in Rawalpindi District, the prime minister said the program’s scope will be increased to provide transparent assistance to almost seven million needy households.

According to reports from the top media sites, he also said that the financial help will be given out without any political favoritism or bias.

In addition, Khan stated that the low-income families would receive health insurance cards that would provide them access to medical care worth PKR 750,000 annually. Also, support will be given to the recipients in starting their own businesses.

The government would offer the qualified families monetary support in the amount of PKR 12,000 for a period of six months as part of the Ehsaas Kafalat Program.

Seven million households will participate in the program by June 2021, according to Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation. Also, she said that non-deserving recipients have been dropped from the program.

Updated (December 4, 2020):

A monthly allowance for two million people with disabilities has been announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan as part of the new Ehsaas Kafaalat Program for Special People. According to the official notification, the families of the registered differently abled individuals would get PKR 2,000 in financial aid each month.

On the International Day of People with Disabilities, the announcement was made.

(Oct. 1, 2020) Update:

For individuals who satisfy specific requirements, the deadline for the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program disbursements has apparently been extended.

Dr. Sania Nishtar, the special assistant to the prime minister, has declared that the cash payments for applicants with biometric difficulties and the relatives of recipients who have passed away will continue through October 30, 2020. The administration had already declared September 30, 2020, as the final day for receiving cash contributions.

As long as their applications were submitted before September 30, 2020, the qualified recipients will be able to get the Ehsaas Cash assistance till the end of October.

(July 17, 2020) Update:

According to Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, the budget of the well praised Ehsaas Emergency Payment Programme has grown from PKR 144 billion to PKR 203 billion. The PM’s adviser said during a news briefing in Islamabad that the initiative’s scope had been increased to cover around 16.9 million individuals.

The Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program, which has been labeled Pakistan’s greatest social protection program, was introduced on April 9 of this year with the intention of giving monetary support to 12 million worthy households who had been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

To lessen the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, the government has so far distributed PKR 153.55 billion to 12.689 million recipients throughout Pakistan.

Dr. Nishtar continued by saying that the Ehsaas Program has successfully adapted the most recent digital capabilities to guarantee a reliable payout mechanism. The recipients who were ineligible for the program but were unable to withdraw their financial assistance owing to a mistake in their biometric verification were only paid out through the partner banks, she added.

In addition, the PM’s assistant described to the media the process for beneficiaries’ families to follow in order to get their payouts. Such families must submit an application, addressed to Dr. Sania Nishtar, together with the dead family member’s CNIC number and other information. The application must be delivered directly to her office in Islamabad and should also include the CNIC information of any family members who qualify for the Ehsaas Emergency Payment Program.

The government also unveiled a website earlier this month called “Ehsaas Emergency Cash – Know Your Situation.” It enables all candidates to verify their eligibility status online after registering with the program by sending an SMS to 8171 or through the Prime Minister’s Labor Portal. To find out if they qualify for the financial aid, they only have to submit their CNIC number on the webpage. The cash sum can then be picked up from any Ehsaas payment location.


(April 22, 2020) Update:

Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, has started a web-based Ehsaas Ration platform to make it easier for donors and recipients to coordinate ration distribution during the present coronavirus pandemic.

The newly created platform will enable donors from all around the nation to give food rations or cash equivalent to worthy applicants trying to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to an article published on The News. Moreover, the government will implement controls to guarantee that only one individual per household is eligible to benefit from the program. The data from the overarching Ehsaas program will be used to assess the recipients’ eligibility.

Additionally, the PM’s ration disbursement program will only accept applications from reputable and tax-compliant private for-profit and private not-for-profit organizations. The beneficiary data will only be accessible if the data privacy agreements have been signed.

According to the article, donors would be given a variety of criteria, such as the beneficiaries’ location and gender, to let them choose which needy demographic group they wish to assist. The private sector will be in charge of distributing ration packets or cash equivalents in the meantime.

“The Ehsaas Ration Portal will make it possible for charitable individuals, nonprofit groups, and other non-governmental organizations to connect with worthy families and give rations to the underprivileged sections of society. The internet platform would be essential in ensuring that the method for distributing rations is totally transparent, the prime minister stated at a news conference.


(April 20, 2020) Update:

On Sunday, April 19, registration for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program was closed. More than 85 million people have registered for the government’s financial aid program, according to a number of major media sites.

Two stages make up the Ehsaas Emergency Payment Plan, which will give PKR 144 billion to 12 million families negatively impacted by Pakistan’s coronavirus shutdown. According to reports, 4.5 million impoverished women registered with the Ehsaas Kifaalat Program earned a PKR 12,000 cash reward during the initiative’s just ended first phase.

In the second phase of the Ehsaas project, monetary aid is being given to over 7.5 million applicants (including men and women), according to a report that was published in the Business Recorder.

According to reports, the Ehsaas Emergency Payment Plan has so far seen PKR 50 billion disbursed by the government.

A deserving and registered applicant can call the government’s toll-free hotline for more information if they have not yet received their funds.

Call the helpline at 0800-26477.

(April 3, 2020) Update:

The Ehsaas Emergency Cash initiative’s official online page has been launched by the government.

By entering their CNIC number in the appropriate section, users of the portal may determine if they are qualified for financial help from the PM. You can register for the Ehsaas program through the site after your eligibility has been confirmed.

(April 2, 2020) Update:

Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, has unveiled the Ehsaas Emergency Cash project in an effort to assist the country’s less fortunate citizens in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Sania Nishtar, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, estimates that 12 million needy households across Pakistan would get PKR 144 billion as part of this assistance initiative. According to reports, each household would receive a cash gift of 12,000 PKR.

Furthermore, Dr. Nishtar referred to it as the nation’s largest social protection effort undertaken for families struggling financially in the aftermath of COVID-19 during her interview on Radio Pakistan.

One must SMS their Computerized National Identification Card (CNIC) number to 8171 in order to complete their Ehsaas program registration. This service has just been established to guarantee a transparent process. Regarding the sender’s eligibility for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash project, a response will be sent to them shortly. Thereafter, additional information will be sent to those with valid CNIC numbers.

It is significant to highlight that persons who work for the government, own property, or have utility bills that total more than PKR 10,000 are not qualified for financial aid under this program.

The government has also launched an Ehsaas Ration Platform as part of its flagship Ehsaas Program in addition to the Ehsaas Emergency Cash program.

In these challenging times, anyone who want to provide food ration to disadvantaged families will find help via the Ehsaas Ration Platform. According to Dr. Nishtar, more than 600 donors and at least 35,000 families have signed up for the program thus far.

In addition, starting on April 5 across the nation, the Ehsaas Kafalat Program registration procedure will resume, according to Pakistan Today.


The Pakistani government recently unveiled the much awaited Ehsaas Kafaalat Programme, which broadens the scope of its flagship Ehsaas Programme and intends to give low-income women economic empowerment. The effort will be supervised by the government Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division.

The hugely praised program will provide financial aid to low-income women in Pakistan through its digital payment system. It was introduced by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. By offering them cellphones, interest-free loans, and other chances, this initiative will provide worthy women the chance to better their financial status and lift themselves out of poverty.

“A biometric method will be used to distribute the payments to the registered individuals, ending money corruption. We are also introducing a card system that will enable customers to purchase goods from utility businesses. The government would offer cellphones to deserving women, stated PM Imran Khan during the inaugural event. “Under the Ehsaas initiative, one additional project is prepared for launch in two weeks. Farm animals will be donated to needy ladies. Six million households have received health cards from our government so far, and we are constantly increasing that number. We are prepared to launch the greatest initiatives for the nation’s children by offering them education and training through Hunarmand programs to hone their talents, he continued.

While many women have already signed up for the monetary assistance, the Ehsaas Kafaalat Program registration procedure is presently in progress. It is also important to note that people who are legitimately eligible for the stipend under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) would be enrolled in the new scheme automatically.

Let’s take a quick look at the Ehsaas Programme and what it comprises before going into depth about the Ehsaas Kafaalat Program specifics, eligibility requirements, and registration procedure.


Ehsaas is a groundbreaking initiative to fight poverty that seeks to elevate individuals who are impoverished in order to establish a welfare state. The prosperity of impoverished women, widows, orphans, homeless people, people with disabilities, poor farmers, poor laborers, and other people from low-income backgrounds is the focus of one of the largest projects ever implemented in Pakistan. This initiative employs the most up-to-date technologies to promote financial inclusion as well as economic empowerment of women and access to healthcare and educational resources.

The initiative’s official website states that 34 government departments and divisions are striving to execute the more than 130 programs and policies that make up Ehsaas.


The much larger Ehsaas project includes the Ehsaas Kafaalat Program (Credits: Facebook/BISP Pakistan).

The Ehsaas Kafaalat Program would give low-income women PKR 2,000 in monthly cash support. By the end of 2020, it hopes to assist 7 million people. In 70 districts, the registration procedure for one million qualified women has already started. To guarantee transparency in the payment process, a biometric system called the Ehsaas Digital Payment System has also been created.

The initiative will be divided up into many phases, with the first one focused on the registration of 10 lakh women throughout Pakistan who will begin getting their monthly stipends in February and March. Each female recipient of the Ehsaas Kafaalat program will also have personal savings accounts opened for them by the government in either Habib Bank or Bank Alfalah, along with ATM cards that they may use to withdraw money. The receivers’ mobile numbers will be connected to these accounts. Women will receive smartphones as part of this campaign.

New beneficiary registration will continue at this time both over the phone and online.

The specifics of the Ehsaas Kafaalat Program’s upcoming phases, including the eagerly anticipated soft loan program that can assist low-income women in starting their own enterprises, will be made public later.


Only women who are low-income are eligible for the government of Pakistan’s newly created initiative to combat poverty.

Taxpayers, automobile owners, employees of the government and their spouses, as well as anyone with a history of international travel, will not be qualified to receive a monthly stipend or any other benefit under the Ehsaas Kafaalat Program.

On the other side, all program recipients will also be qualified for other Ehsaas programs.


The program's recipients will also have access to a smartphone and a personal savings account (Credit: Facebook/BISP Pakistan).

The Ehsaas Kafaalat Program’s recipients will be determined using a variety of techniques. They consist of:

  • Each Tehsil has Ehsaas NADRA Desk Registration Centers installed.
  • Digital door-to-door surveys
  • Analytics of data
  • Desk and online survey


For anyone wishing to register for the Ehsaas program run by the Government of Pakistan, the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division has established certain special requirements.

An applicant may obtain a form from one of the authorized Ehsaas Kafaalat registration centers set up throughout Pakistan. When customers submit the properly filled out form, an automated system will compare their data to those criteria. The chosen candidates will get the appropriate notifications.

The applicants may be required to provide other papers in addition to their Computerized National Identification Card for the Ehsaas Kafaalat registration.


The participants of the Ehsaas Kafaalat Program would receive PKR 2,000 per month (Credit: Facebook/BISP Pakistan).

Each month’s first week will see PKR 2,000 distributed to Ehsaas Kafaalat program recipients. The biometric Ehsaas Digital Payment System will be used to process the payments.

The beneficiaries have three options for making withdrawals: using their biometric-enabled ATMs, going to the specific bank branches, or going through the designated Point of Sales representatives in each location.

These choices would guarantee openness in the distribution and receipt of payments.

Together with the Ehsaas initiative, the revolutionary Kamyab Jawan Program of Prime Minister Imran Khan has received a resounding amount of support from the populace. The major goal of this initiative is to give Pakistani youngsters who are jobless work options and the tools they need to succeed in their chosen careers.

The six plans that make up the Kamyab Jawan Program of the PM are as follows:

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme
  • Startup Pakistan Programme
  • Hunarmand Pakistan (Skills for All) Programme
  • Green Youth Movement
  • National Internship Programme
  • Youth Engagement Platform

The first three initiatives on the list have already been launched while the last three will be initiated soon.

This article is only offered for educational purposes, providing a general understanding of its material, including relevant laws and regulations, and is not meant to provide specific legal advice. The Blog is not meant to take the place of qualified guidance from a licensed professional.

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