Amid the rising prices of daily use commodities, the government has increased the stipend of Ehsaas Beneficiaries from Rs12,000 to Rs13,000. Dr Sania Nishtar said in a televised video message; “With the recent rise in Kafaalat stipend amount, all eligible beneficiaries of Ehsaas Kafaalat Programme 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.”
Ehsaas Kafaalat Programme scams
Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Dr Sania Nishtar has repeatedly warned that stern action will be taken against those involved in illegal deductions of money from payments of Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries. She further mentioned that The government will crackdown on those who cut back on the money given to the poor under the Ehsaas Kafaalat Programme. Dr Sania urged beneficiaries to collect full payment of Rs13,000 from agents along with the computerised payment receipt at the time of Kafaalat cash disbursement.
Eligible beneficiaries can access payment at biometric ATMs, designated retail shops and specialized campsites of partnering banks countrywide. In a tweet, Dr Sania educated people about fake messages and said; “All official messages from the Ehsaas Programme are sent via the number 8171, and any other numbers sending similar messages are a scam.”
FIA busts gang for defrauding people
Previously, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) caught a gang allegedly involved in scamming individuals under the Ehsaas programme. According to the FIA, the suspects used to create a fake ID of the Ehsaas program using the illegally obtained data and later used it to receive money in their name. Fake SIMs, fingerprints, and mobile phones were found from their possession besides also recovering laptops and 1500 copies of national identity cards.
Source: ARY NEWS