PM Khan extends assistance to India amid the pandemic

Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered assistance to neighbouring India to help it overcome the coronavirus crisis, saying he was willing to share Pakistan’s successful Ehsaas Programme.

Benazir Income Support Programme, known as Ehsaas Programme now, is a cash-transfer programme for the needy, which was launched in 2008 and remains the country’s first and only nation-wide safety net programme.

Sharing a news report claiming that 34% of household across India ‘will not be able to survive more than a week without add (additional) assistance’’, the prime minister said, “I am ready to offer help and share our successful cash transfer prog, lauded internationally for its reach and transparency, with India”.

In a series of tweets, the prime minister said the Pakistani government had successfully transferred more than Rs100 billion to 10 million families.

“Our govt successfully transferred Rs120 billion in 9 weeks to over 10 million families in a transparent manner to deal with the COVID19 fallout on the poor.”

In April, the Pakistani government started distributing coronavirus relief funds to the needy, a much-awaited step by the affectees of the lockdown which was then imposed to curb the spread of the virus.