ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistanis are the most giving nation and their generosity is legendary.
Addressing the meeting of the Policy Committee overseeing the Prime Minister’s Covid Relief Fund on Monday to review fund utilisation details, the prime minister reaffirmed that full transparency will be ensured in using donated funds.
The fund received Rs4.8 billion donations from within Pakistan and overseas. A total of Rs1.08 billion were donated by international donors while Rs3.8 billion were contributed domestically.
Earlier this year, the premier had publicly announced two policies with respect to this fund, committing that these funds would be disbursed through Ehsaas Emergency Cash to assist Covid-19 job-affectees.
A matching funds policy was also announced which stipulated that for every rupee donated into the fund, Rs4 would be matched by the government and to fulfil this promise, Rs19.55 billion have been matched by the government.
This amount has supported 2 million families, each of which received 12,000 rupees each as Ehsaas Emergency cash through this funding stream. The PM Covid Relief Fund has set a new precedent, in terms of transparency and track-ability of donated funds.