ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Dr. Sania Nishtar Monday warned of a stern action to be taken against agents involved in illegal deductions of money from payments of Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries.
Further, coveting the agents to refrain from fraudulent deductions, Dr. Sania reiterated that those involved in illegal deductions from payments of Kafaalat beneficiaries will be dealt with strictly according to the law.
The biannual stipend amount of Ehsaas Kafaalat has been raised from Rs12,000 to Rs13,000 since February 1, 2022. The increase of Rs1,000 was ratified by the Federal Cabinet in June last year to benefit all Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries. With the recent raise in the Kafaalat stipend amount, all eligible beneficiaries of Kafaalat will now get Rs13,000 as a six-monthly stipend amount.
“No agent of partnering banks will be allowed to illegally deduct any money from payment to deserving families,” said Dr. Sania in her televised message for retail agents of Habib Bank and Bank Alfalah.
The video message can be watched at the official YouTube channel: EhsaasOfficial. She also urged beneficiaries to collect full payment of Rs13,000 from the agents along with the computerized payment receipt at the time of Kafaalat cash disbursement.
Eligible beneficiaries can access payment at biometric ATMs, designated retail shops, and specialised campsites of partnering banks countrywide. Habib Bank serves payments in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, and Islamabad and Bank Alfalah across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Jammu, and Kashmir.
Ehsaas Kafaalat is an unconditional cash transfer programme that includes cash stipends and bank accounts for 8 million poorest women across all districts of the country. The Ehsaas Kafaalat payment system features biometrically enabled disbursements to beneficiary women on a six-monthly basis.
Beneficiaries are being identified through recently accomplished Ehsaas survey and Ehsaas Registration Desks operating in all Tehsils. Surveyed families can check their eligibility and disbursement status in Kafaalat on Ehsaas 8171 web-portal with the help of their Computerized National Identity Card or survey token numbers. The portal can be accessed at:https:// ehsaastracking.pass.gov.pk.