The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement, The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has acknowledged Pakistan as one of the top-ranked countries in Asia with the highest number of responses to social protection.

The Prime Minister’s Office quoted Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, who gave a briefing to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The study disclosed that Pakistan covers the highest number of responses to social protection in Asia through Ehsaas Emergency Cash.

This new study was conducted by UNICEF, UN and IPC-IG to assess social protection response in Asia focusing on an extensive mapping and overview of how social protection measures were deployed by the countries in Asia and the Pacific region in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The SAPM Dr Nishtar said While sharing the scale and ambition of Ehsaas Emergency Cash said that “Within 10 days of coronavirus lockdown, the government of Pakistan had launched the Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme, providing urgent cash payments to over 15 million households.

The $1.25 billion safety-net programme was rolled out at unprecedented speed, designed in the short-term to offer immediate relief in the form of $75 to the poorest and hardest-hit families.”

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