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How to Apply for Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program



How to Apply for Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program

The government initiated the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program to provide financial assistance to those facing urgent needs. The primary objective of the program is to alleviate financial burdens and ensure a safety net for vulnerable individuals and families. This post provides detailed instructions of how to apply for Ehsaas Emergency Cash program. Read the following instructions step by step for the smooth application process.

  1. Type your CNIC number and send it to 8171.
  2. The Ehsaas team shall verify your credentials from their database.
  3. After verifying the credentials from database, they will tell you whether you’re eligible for the cash grant or not.
  4. Payment to beneficiaries will be made after biometric verification through more than 18,000 retail shops of two banks Bank Alfalah and Habib Bank in the country.
  5. Those people that are being asked to contact the district administration can also register themselves by using the ehsaas web portal (link:

In order to provide relief to people who are left out or ignored in the society, Mr. Imran Khan the former Prime Minister of Pakistan had launched Ehsaas Emergency Cash program. The Ehsaas Emergency Cash is the largest ever social protection initiative in the history of Pakistan. It aims to provide financial assistance to 12 million families. Under this program, Rs. 12,000 will be given to 12 million deserving families. The total cost set for this program is Rs. 144 billion. However, if the demand for Ehsaas Emergency Cash is higher, additional resources will be earmarked.

Ehsaas Program has a detailed structure of providing relief to the eligible individuals

Applying for Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program

All daily wage earners and labourers can apply for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash program. Since, not every one has internet facility so the Ehsaas SMS campaign will help the individuals to enroll themselves via SMS. This campaign will help the government identify the rightful beneficiaries. Therefore, to check your eligibility for this program, you have to do the following.

  • Type your CNIC number in the SMS.
  • Send it to 8171
  • Ehsaas shall verify your credentials from their database and will respond to you accordingly.
  • You will receive an SMS indicating your eligibility or Ineligibility.
You will get a response verification SMS from 8171
  • If you’re not in the Ehsaas database, you will be asked to contact your respective district administration
  • Moreover, those people that are being asked to visit the district administration can also register themselves by using the Ehsaas web portal. Access this link
  • After accessing the link, type your CNIC number and write the code given in the image.
  • Now, click on “confirm” to check the eligibility.
  • After that, type your mobile number and select your mobile operator.
  • Finally, click on “confirm” and follow the further instructions to register for Ehsaas Emergency Cash program.

Hence, if your CNIC is in the National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) database, you will receive a message stating that you are eligible for this program. The program administrators will notify eligible applicants about the subsequent process via SMS.

According to a briefing by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar, “People will be able to collect cash from Points of Sale (POS) of biometrically enabled branchless banking operations and biometrically enabled ATMs. Therefore, after NADRA verifies the biometrics of each beneficiary, they will receive cash transfers.

Special Assistant to PM, Dr. Sania Nishtar

Ehsaas Emergency Cash Ineligibility

  • If your CNIC is valid, you will move to the next step. If not then you will receive a message indicating that your CNIC is not valid and you are not eligible for the program.
  • If your application is blocked due to blocked sanity profiling then you’re not eligible for this program as well.
  • If you or your spouse is a government employee then you’re not eligible for the program.
  • An applicant is ineligible if they are registered with other Federal Government relief/funding schemes.

Do bear in mind that the federal government (Ehsaas program) and provincial government’s welfare programs are NOT the same. However, you can avail funds from both governments, provided that you are eligible. If you’re looking to check your eligibility for the Ehsaas Program online, you can find guidance on how to do so here.

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