News: April 6, 2020 – Islamabad: In the Radio Pakistan’s COVID-19 special program ‘Raabta’ that is a daily national broadcast, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania stated that transfer of cash assistance of Rs.12,000 to deserving families under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program would begin this week. She said deserving people should send an SMS to 8171 and so far over 34 million messages have been received through this service. Under this programme, a deserving family will get a one-time assistance of Rs.12,000 to cater daily needs for four months. Elaborating the eligibility criteria to listeners, she said there will three types of messages in response of people’s SMS like eligible, ineligible, or contact to the concerned district administration. She said those, who will get a message asking to contact the district administration, can also register themselves online at the web-portal Listen here.