What really is the biggest social protection program that PM Khan has ever put in place?

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday officially launched the largest social protection program ever, including the Ehsaas Rashan Riayat program.

Here are the main features of the Ehsaas Rashan Riayat program whose registration on the web portal opened on November 9, 2021. The portal has received up to 489.96 million visits. More than 7.70 million families have been registered to date.

The Ehsaas Rashan Riayat program aimed to reduce the impact of inflation on marginalized segments of society. Under the program, a grant of Rs. 1,000 per month will be given to each of the eligible families for the purchase of flour, legumes, ghee / cooking oil.

The Rs. 120 billion of targeted subsidy programs will cover 20 million families; a total of 130 million people will benefit nationally, equivalent to 53% of the country’s population.

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Ehsaas Rashan Registration was currently underway nationwide. Families earning less than Rs. 50,000 per month could enroll in Ehsaas’s Rashan program through 8171. Only a family member of applicants whose mobile number was issued on their ID card national computerized (CNIC) can register his family via the SMS service 8171. Traders in Kiryana can register via the web portal.

Ehsaas has developed a mobile point of sale system (mPOS) / digital app in collaboration with the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to serve beneficiaries through a network of NBP-designated Kiryana stores across the country.

The government will encourage the traders of Kiryana by granting them an attractive commission (5-8%) on the amount of the Ehsaas subsidy to encourage them to take advantage of more and more people. Depending on the performance, there will also be a raffle for traders in Kiryana who will offer cars, motorcycles, cellphones and various other prizes every quarter.

In the current fiscal year, the program’s budget for the next six months is Rs. 120 billion under the federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement.

The federal government and all the participating federated units will share the fiscal resources in the proportion of 35/65. So far, the provincial governments of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir are participating in the program.

Another feature of the social protection program is the SEHAT CARD PLUS KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA:

Main characteristics

  • This is a micro-health insurance program implemented by the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, selected through national competitive bidding.
  • Under this program, more than 7.5 million families in KP benefit from free health services for inpatients.
  • Data on beneficiary families are acquired from NADRA (the only data source in Pakistan).
  • Beneficiary services are offered free of charge without direct payment up to a maximum limit of Rs. 1.0 million per family per year.
  • The annual cost of the program is approximately $ 23 billion.
  • Services to beneficiaries are provided through a group of public and private hospitals contracted across the province.
  • 24/7 service for information and complaints via a free number 0900-89898.

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Covered illnesses

Hospital care for:

  1. Accidents and emergencies
  2. General medicine
  3. General surgery
  4. Orthopedics
  5. Gynecology and Obstetrics
  6. Pediatrics
  7. Ophthalmology
  8. ENT
  9. Cardiovascular problems
  10. Complications of diabetes
  11. Any type of cancer
  12. Genitourinary diseases, including dialysis and transplantation.
  13. Neurosurgical diseases
  14. Artificial limbs (Prostheses)
  15. Breast cancer screening

Common exclusions

  1. Outpatient treatment
  2. Cosmetic procedures
  3. Dentistry
  4. Self-inflected injuries
  5. Addiction
  6. Injuries due to participation in terrorist activities
  7. Liver transplant services will begin on January 1, 2022.

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Statistics

  • 760,908 patients have been treated under the program with an expenditure of 18.3 billion to date.
  • Of the 679 hospitals in the country, 193 hospitals are grouped together in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the provision of free care.

Courtesy: APP

Joel C. Hicks