News: April 2, 2020 -Islamabad: Participating in Radio Programme Raabta, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar provided details about the SMS service 8171 launched to facilitate the deserving families to benefit from Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program who are facing financial problems due to Corona Virus. She added that a cash grant of Rs.12,000 will be given to the deserving families through a transparent mechanism. Special Assistant to the PM said that the deserving families desiring to benefit from the program have to send their national identity card numbers on the SMS code 8171. She also said that Ehsaas Ration Platform will be formally launched soon to connect people wanting to donate food ration to people in need. At least, thirty five thousand deserving families and over six hundred donors have so far got themselves registered on the online platform. Dr. Sania Nishtar clarified that the deserving families can simultaneously benefit from both these programs. Listen here.