Balochistan urges upon Islamabad to increase its share in Ehsas Cash Program

Balochistan's share should be as per NFC criteria: Chief Minister Jam Kamal

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QUETTA: The Balochistan government has demanded of the federal government to enhance the province’s share in Ehsas Cash program for poor households in the province. The province should be provided its share in the poverty alleviation program as per the National Finance Commission (NFC) formula i.e 9 percent, Rafiullah Kakar, the Director Strategic Planning and Reforms Cell told Quetta Voice on Thursday.

Balochistan’s share in the Ehsas Cash Program is currently 5.5 percent. Major objective behind the launching of this program is to provide financial assistance to the poor, deserving and needy people of the country by Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) led government. Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan also tweeted on Thursday that the Prime Minister has agreed to enhance the province’s share in BISP/Ehsas program.

“Ratio of poverty and unemployment is high in Balochistan as compared to other provinces”, Mr. Kakar mentioned. The increasing ratio of poverty must be considered in the distribution of cash under the Ehsas Program in Balochistan so that it could come at par with other parts of the country, the Director SPRC said.

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The Balochistan government made this appeal to the federal government after the Planning and Development Department’s SPRC Cell briefed the chief minister Jam Kamal Khan and the cabinet members the other day in this regard.

Ehsas program has launched and stepped up the distribution of cash among the needy people in the aftermath of the global outbreak of novel coronavirus.

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