Ehsaas Rashan New Update
The Ehsaas Kafalat Program 2022 online forms are available at NADRA and Ehsaas Registration Centers. Ehsaas Survey Team checks the completed forms before approving them for distribution. The program is aimed at reducing poverty among the poorest citizens of Pakistan. Recently, the Federal Government removed 2,037 government officers who were illegally enrolling themselves in the Benazir Income Support Programme. It also announced criminal cases against these officials.
Re-opening of Benazir Income Support Program
The Re-opening of Benazir Incentive Support Program (BISP) is welcome news for poor people in Pakistan. This scheme was created in 2008, and has helped over 34 million people since then. Since then, the UK government has improved the programme’s funding, giving more power to women to manage household budgets. Now, the government is committed to continuing the program’s work in Pakistan, so that even more poor people can benefit from it.
BISP beneficiaries are now able to make cash payments with a new technology known as the BISP Debit Card. This card works just like an ATM card, and allows the beneficiary to withdraw his/her installments without having to carry cash. It was initially distributed by the BISP, and is now being introduced across the country’s 124 districts. But illiterate beneficiaries struggle to use the cards, and the process is further complicated by middlemen who charge commissions.
One Window Ehsaas Centers
One Window, an initiative of Ehsaas Program, aims to provide comprehensive services to beneficiaries through integrated centers. Its one-stop-shop model integrates benefits for 14 target groups. The center will provide all the services that the beneficiaries need, including cash payments and access to an ATM for stipends. The Ehsaas One Window Center will be an integrated one-stop-shop for the people of the district.
The One Window Ehsaas model includes six pillars: the One Window Ehsaas Centre, a public-facing digital interface, an integrated national socioeconomic database, and mobile apps. The program will be financed by the government and the broader public. Foreign funds will not be used to build One Window Centers. The Centres will serve as one-stop-shops for beneficiaries of various Ehsaas programmes.
QR Codes on identification cards
The government is planning to implement QR Codes on identification cards for the Ehsaas Kafalat Program 2022. This program will give poor women an amount of Rs. 2166 per month and bank accounts. It will also give them an extra amount of Rs. 14,000 per year in a lump sum. The QR Codes will be read by an off-the-shelf scanner.
The government has also decided to introduce QR Codes on identification cards for the Benazir Income Support Programme, which will benefit about 70 to 100 million women in the country. Through the program, women will be able to access benefits from NADRA centers and Ehsaas Registration Centers. Moreover, ration cards with QR Codes will allow the poor to draw money with dignity.
The program is a one-stop shop for all Ehsaas-related information. The website also has info in Urdu. The Ehsaas Mobile App is now available on the Google Play Store and is being expanded to reflect the Ehsaas Digital ecosystem. With this technology, agencies can access real-time data from the NSER and determine the eligibility of potential beneficiaries. The Ehsaas database will show beneficiaries across all Ehsaas Program under PASSD agencies.
Impact of inflation on poor & marginalized
Inflation affects different households in different ways. Sometimes it is the poorest who suffer the most. While the poor generally lack the means to preserve purchasing power, they do have limited access to financial markets and do rely on debt to meet their basic needs. Because their income is derived from informal sources, they have little capacity to save or invest, which is why they are less likely to buy indexed financial instruments.
Inflation also worsens income inequality. While wealthy people can often offset rising prices with higher incomes, low-income households are stuck in poverty. Rising prices also limit the variety of goods available to them, preventing them from buying essentials. As a result, low-income households are often unable to afford the basic necessities of life, and higher inflation makes them even poorer. Therefore, it is important to reduce the rate of inflation and make sure that the poor are not left behind.