Ehsaas targeted commodity subsidies program finalized for poor families: Sania

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Dr. Sania Nishtar says all necessary work has been completed to roll out the Ehsaas targeted commodity subsidies program for poor families in the country.

She was presiding over a meeting of the steering committee of Ehsaas’s targeted subsidies program in Islamabad.

This was the second meeting of the steering committee since its constitution by the Prime Minister, Imran Khan in July 2021.

“Coming under the Ehsaas umbrella, the national scale targeted subsidies the program will identify beneficiaries through the Ehsaas national socioeconomic survey registry 2021.

All the necessary spadework, digital structuring, and integrations are complete for the rollout of the program. In line with Prime Minister’s instructions, the program has specifically been designed to provide inflation relief to the poor populations”, Dr. Sania said.

“The number of people to be supported and the exact details of the amount of subsidy will be announced by the Prime Minister next week”, she further added.

The members of the committee thoroughly reviewed the design contours and rolled out preparations for the upcoming program. Under the federal-provincial partnership, the program will be implemented in collaboration with the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Utility Stores Corporation (USC). Subsidies will be granted to beneficiary households on selected essential commodities.

Ehsaas has developed a digitally enabled mobile point of sale system in partnership with NBP to serve beneficiaries through a network of Kiryana stores designated by NBP, all over the country. Alongside, IT systems of Ehsaas and USC have also been fully integrated for the identification of Ehsaas beneficiaries.

In the meeting, Dr. Sania was joined by Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Deputy Governor SBP, President National Bank of Pakistan, Managing Director Utility Stores Corporation, Chairman Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited, Secretary Poverty Alleviation, and Social Safety Division (PASSD), Secretary BISP, Secretary Industries and Production, Additional Secretary Finance, Additional Secretary Industries and Production, and Additional Secretary PASSD were also present.

The steering committee of Ehsaas targeted commodity subsidies has the mandate to oversee the design and execution of the targeted commodity subsidies program. TF Report

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