The Ehsaas programme is the biggest and boldest programme ever launched in any Asian country to uplift marginalized people. The poverty alleviation programme is unique because of its scale, multisectoral character , breadth and depth, formulation and institutional backing.
The Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarships programme, which is part of the Ehsas Programme of the Government of Pakistan was launched in November 2019 and 50,000 undergraduate scholarships were awarded to deserving students by the Prime Minister in March 2020.
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is an implementing partner of this programme. The programme aims to support 200,000 students over four years. Find out more here.
To address stunting in children, conditional cash transfer and specialized nutrition food initiative for mothers and children up to 2 years has been rolled out in the first phase in 13 districts of the country. Find out more here.
Education conditional cash transfer programme called Waseela e Taleem Digital is now being expanded in lagging districts of Pakistan encouraging out-of-school children to acquire education.
Under the recent reforms, Ehsaas approved an increase in education stipend amount for girls to Rs. 2,000 and for boys to Rs. 1,500; and expansion in the outreach of the educational Conditional Cash Transfer programme from 50 to all 148 districts. Details here.
Ehsaas Emergency Cash distribution in Azad Kashmir
Launched by the Prime Minister on April 1, 2020, the Rs. 203 billion Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme has been designed in the context of the economic hardship being experienced by the vulnerable due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The programme aims to provide Rs. 12,000 each to more than 15 million deserving families through a biometrically enabled payment system. Find out more here.
Under the flagship programme the poorest children in the country including the far flung areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir have been benefited at every tehsil level. The tehsil wise data for cash grants distribution can by downloaded by clicking the filed titled AJK Ehsas Cash Gransts.
Digital Hubs for poor families
500 digital hubs will be established at the Tehsil level for poor families with limited opportunities. Relevant public resources and information will be made accessible to create opportunities for poor families to graduate out of poverty.
The Ehsaas Financial Inclusion is a multi-component initiative that was launched in November 2019 in presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands who is United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). Ehsaas Financial Inclusion initiatives include “one woman one bank account policy”, bank accounts for informal workers under Mazdoor ka Ehsaas and promotion of access to credit for the bottom of the pyramid. Find out more here.
The Prime Minister launched an application web-portal for COVID-19 livelihood-loss-affectees on May 2, 2020 and committed the PM’s COVID-19 Relief fund to those who will qualify for assistance. The cash handout of Rs. 12,000 was given to deserving individuals through the Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme. Find out more here.
The Ehsaas Rashan Portal is a donor-beneficiary linking system for rashan distribution. It has been set up to enable the private sector and civil society organizations to reach the most vulnerable deserving beneficiaries and provide them food rashan packs or cash equivalent in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Through the portal, the role of government is to facilitate linking of donors and beneficiaries (e.g., on geographic basis) and provide data of eligible beneficiaries to donors. Find out more here.
The Rs. 24 billion Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship is a ground-breaking program of the government that grants 50,000 scholarships per year to undergraduate students (50 percent girls) from low-income families and areas across all the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan who are enrolled in four and five-year undergraduate degree programs. It covers tuition fees and a living stipend.
The Division of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety is unique since it was purpose-established to implement the umbrella initiative, Ehsaas.
Launched on March 27, 2019, the objective of Ehsaas is to reduce inequality, invest in people, and lift lagging districts.
Ehsaas is about the creation of a ‘welfare state’ by countering elite capture and leveraging 21st century tools—such as using data and technology to create precision safety nets; promoting financial inclusion and access to digital services; supporting the economic empowerment of women; focusing on the central role of human capital formation for poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development; and overcoming financial barriers to accessing health and post-secondary education.