Islamabad: November 26, 2021
Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar, SAPM went to Peshawar today to brief KP Parliamentarians on Ehsaas Rashan Riayat Registration. The meeting took place at KP Assembly Secretariat.
Speaker KP, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, Deputy Speaker KP, Mehmood Jan, Finance and Health Minister KP, Taimur Saleem Jhagra and senior officials of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) were also present in the briefing.
Speaking to Provincial Parliamentarians of KP, Dr. Sania urged them to support Ehsaas in registering Kiryana shops and deserving families provincewide. This was Dr. Sania’s second interaction with Provincial Parliamentarians in this week.
Yesterday, she met with Provincial Parliamentarians of Punjab in Lahore and briefed them on the federal-provincial collaboration under the Rashan programme.
Dr. Sania comprehensively explained the registration and operational modalities of the programme. “Kiryana merchants can register in the programme through web-portal: https://ehsaasrashan.pass.gov.pk/. Karyana merchants operating anywhere in the country need to have a bank account for registration.
Those without bank accounts are being facilitated to open their accounts in branches of NBP”, she said. Kiryana owners will also earn substantive commission on Ehsaas’ subsidies as an incentive. Lucky draws will also be held every three months to give away cars, motorcycles, mobile phones and several other prizes to best performing Kiryana owners.
Regarding family registration, Dr. Sania briefed, “Families with monthly income less than Rs. 50,000 can register either through 8171 or the web-portal with their CNIC and a cell phone number issued on the same.” Responding to a question, she emphasized that only one member of a family can enroll for Rashan. Applicant families will be sent eligibility messages from 8171. According to the new criteria approved by the Cabinet, deserving families of foreign travelers, low-income government employees, and those with high cell phone bills can also enroll in the Rashan programme.
Dr. Sania thanked the KP Government for their participation in the programme. Like other participating provinces, Ehsaas and KP are sharing the cost in the proportion of 35:65. Parliamentarians lauded the transparency measures hardwired in the programme and ensured full cooperation to create awareness on the execution of programme.
Through Ehsaas Rahsan, 20 million eligible families will avail a subsidy of Rs. 1,000 a month on the purchase of wheat flour, cooking oil/ghee and pulses from designated Karyana stores. This fiscal year, the budget of the programme is Rs. 120 billion.
Under the stewardship of Ehsaas, the programme is being implemented in partnership with NBP. Ehsaas and NBP have also developed a mobile point of sale system (mPOS) app to serve Rashan beneficiaries through a network of designated Kiryana shops.