Dr. Sania calls on PM, briefs on Ehsaas programme

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Poverty Reduction and Social Protection Dr. Sania Nishtar Monday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and briefed him on different projects of the government’s flagship Ehsaas program.

The special assistant also apprised the prime minister of progress on these projects, besides giving a briefing on Panah gah (shelter homes).

It is pertinent to mention here that like other parts of the country, the award of Ehsaas Taleemi-Wazaef started across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, however, the students from Primary to Higher secondary schools would get a quarterly stipend up to Rs 4,000.

The applications have already been invited from the deserving families with no deadline date and students can apply for the program at any time from anywhere, an official document available with this agency revealed.

Under the program which was launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government would pay a quarterly cash stipend of Rs 1500 to boy students and Rs 2,000 to girls of Primary Class. Similarly, the boy’s students of the second class would get 2500 and the girl’s 3,000.

The quarterly stipend for students of Higher Secondary classes has been fixed Rs 3500 for boys and Rs 4,000 for the females, it said.

The program aimed to encourage parents in order to send their children especially females to schools.

The only eligibility criteria set for availing of the scholarship is 70 percent attendance of the students at schools.

The parents and students can apply for the stipend while submitting an application form along with the birth certificate and CNIC at Ehsaas Program Centres or Ehsaas Registration Centres.

According to Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Special Initiatives Dr. Sania Nisthar, the government has allocated Rs 8 billion for the welfare project.

Pakistan currently has 19.1 million out-of-school children in the country and it is hoped that such programs will reduce that number and improve literacy, she said. TF Report 

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