The government of Pakistan is ready to initiate another remarkable step under the umbrella of Ehsas Program. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing a meeting during Balochistan visit. Special Advisor to Prime Minister, Dr. Sania Nishter told a news conference here Thursday that the PM during his visit to Balochistan would join the children and their parents to witness new enrolments of deserving children in Waseela-e-Taleem.
According to Dr. Nishter, the government has made ‘cost-effective changes’ and developed institutional infrastructure to end government’s reliance on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Ehsaas Waseela-e-Taleem Programme that is being expanded across the country, a conditional cash transfer initiative for primary school children.
Dr. Nishter while briefing about cash program under Waseela E Taleem Program said that a quarterly stipend of Rs. 1,500 to boys and Rs. 2,000 to girls will be given under the Waseela-e-Taleem program. The initiative aims to encourage poor families to send their children aged 4 to 12 to schools. A total of Rs. 80 billion will be spent on this initiative over the next four years.
In the past, the program has faced numerous challenges including high administrative costs, poor compliance monitoring system, low stipend amount and high error and fraudulent paper-based approach but over the past year and a half, A comprehensive and deep-rooted reform was designed and deployed, leading to far-reaching changes to the program.