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Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had launched a web portal to solicit Ehsaas Emergency Cash aid applications from COVID-19 livelihood-loss-affectees (category-4).

In a tweet, the special assistant said that the Category-4 beneficiaries who qualified for PM's COVID-19 fund assistance would get Ehsaas Emergency Cash of 12,000 rupees.

Dr Nishtar said the COVID-19 fund would continue to be released for those in need of assistance, and for each rupee donated by donors, four rupees would be committed by the government.

She said that the existing transparency principles, rule-based controls, and deployment of data analytics that had been applied to Ehsaas Emergency Cash transfers would be fully upheld for the selection of category-4 beneficiaries who qualified for PM's COVID-19 fund.

Dr Nishtar said PM's COVID-19 fund payments would be fully biometric and tehsil-level data of number of beneficiaries paid and real-time bank disbursement and withdrawal information would be made public.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020