April 20, 2020 – Islamabad: 8171 SMS service to identify category-2 and 3 beneficiaries for Ehsaas Emergency Cash program closed on April 19, 2020. Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the PM on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation said, “The total number of the applicants registered for seeking cash assistance under the program is 139.197 million of which 55.47 million are unique CNICs. The analysis is underway and payment messages will go to new recipients in phased-manner over next 15 days.” Currently, disbursements are being made to category 1 and 2 beneficiaries and in last 12 days, Rs. 56.968 billion has been spent under Ehsaas Emergency Cash to provide Rs. 12,000 each to 4.747 million deserving families.