PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Dr Sania Nishtar Called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar on Wednesday and discussed with him matters related to the distribution of cash amounts to the deserving families of the province affected due to the prevailing situation of Corona pandemic under the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program as well as matters related to the management of Langar Khanas in the province.

It was agreed during the meeting to carry out new survey in South and North Waziristan tribal districts to enlist maximum deserving families for financial assistance under the Ehsaas Initiative of the federal government. It was decided to finalise a feasible work plan to this effect.

Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz was also present on this occasion. Regarding the distribution of amounts in the province under the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program, the chief minister said that the entire process of cash distribution had almost been completed in a well organised and transparent manner, adding that only the deserving families fulfilling the set criteria have benefited the relief package. Mahmood khan lauded the role of Dr Sania Nishtar and her entire team to make the pro poor initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan a real success across the country. He also appreciated the role of the chief secretary, his team and the administration of all the districts in the province to manage the cash distribution process in an admirable manner.

Sania Nishtar said that the cooperation and coordination of the provincial government with regard to the cash distribution had been unprecedented and she looked forward for the same spirit in future as well.

Later on, the chief minister along with special assistant to PM inaugurated Langar Khana in Peshawar set up in collaboration with Silani Welfare Trust.

The chief minister said that opening of the Langar Khanas was a pro poor initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide free meal to deserving people, adding that more such Langar Khanas will also be opened in the province to facilitate maximum deserving people. He also thanked the management of Silani Welfare Trust for launching the initiative in the province. Meanwhile, Mahmood Khan and Sania Nishtar also visited the cash distribution point of Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program in a government school and reviewed the arrangements put in place therein to facilitate the people visiting the distribution point to collect their cash amount.