Pakistan’s Largest Social Assistance Program Underway as Country Fights the Pandemic

The largest social assistance program in the country’s history was rolled out on Thursday to lessen impact of the virus lockdown on impoverished communities. Under the program, cash handouts worth around Rs 144 billion will be made in a bid to counter the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis.

Around 40 million people received text messages for collection of the amount on the first day of cash distribution under the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program. Up to 17,000 branches of two designated banks – Habib Bank Limited and Bank Al-Falah – are disbursing the payments, in addition to 3,000 camp sites established by provinces.

The virus lockdowns across Pakistan have taken a heavy toll on the earnings of daily-wagers. While a few big industries have been allowed to resume operations, the country largely remains shut adversely affecting the poor. So far, the pandemic has affected over 4,500 in Pakistan while claiming 66 lives as the country exhausts its resources in the fight.

Coronavirus recoveries reach 727 in Pakistan

With the addition of 200 new recoveries, Pakistan’s tally of patients recovered from the novel coronavirus now stands at 727.

New Coronavirus Cases in Pakistan

  • Islamabad: 5
  • GB: 5
  • AJK: 2
  • Punjab: 55
  • KP: 65