ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate one window facilitation centre for the government’s flagship welfare programme Ehsaas here on Wednesday (today) to provide maximum facilities to poor beneficiaries.

The One Window Ehsaas Centre is aimed to deliver welfare services through a single window. It has six pillars: Ehsaas centre, a digital information and services platform, a mobile app; back office consolidated digital interface, integrated national socioeconomic database, and finally, Ehsaas One-Window Beneficiary Selection and Targeting Policy.

Under the Ehsaas umbrella, there are many programmes for 14 different target groups. But often, a poor family is not aware of the benefits they are entitled to and, if they are aware, they have to go to multiple offices to seek help. The first One Window Ehsaas Center being opened in Sitara Market of the federal capital will resolve this issue and save the recipients of the welfare aid from going to different offices for resolution of their problems. In this center, all Ehsaas services can be accessed at one place.

To facilitate Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries, ATMs have been placed in the one window center. Partner banks and the National Database and Registration Authority have opened their branches in the center.

Different welfare services will be provided under one roof at the centre

Ehsaas Nashonuma services are also available in the centre. Children at risk of stunting and pregnant mothers can get specialised nutritional food from the centre and cash stipends from the ATM. Awareness session on health and nutrition, antenatal services and immunisation services are also available at the center.

The center also offers free of cost use of internet, computer and printer. Someone looking for a livelihood opportunity can visit Ehsaas Amdan and Ehsaas Interest Free Loan desks.

There are also care services. Somebody wanting to spend a night in a Panahgah can book a bed and get free of cost one-star bed and breakfast facility. People can admit a child to an orphanage and a young woman can get information and be admitted to a vocational center. A street child can be admitted to a free school.

A differently-abled individual can have multiple avenues of redress in the center and can easily get the disability card. In the disability room, NGOs are given space to provide free prosthesis and orthoses. Also, a customised wheelchair can be ordered.

Published in Dawn, June 9th, 2021

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