Two men have been arrested for charging Rs500 from each person who came to collect Ehsaas programme funds in Tando Allahyar on April 10.
The police said that there men were working as agents and telling women that they will make the process easier for them if they gave them a certain amount of money.
Different families will be given Rs12,000 under the federal government’s Ehsaas programme. It seeks to help the people who have lost their livelihood because of lockdown.
The government has set up more than 17,000 booths from where eligible families can receive this amount.
On March 25, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said that the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme has been approved for giving cash assistance to 10 million people affected due to the spread of novel coronavirus.
Dr Sania, in a series of tweets, said that the programme would benefit 67 million people (given household size) as Rs12,000 would be given to each family as per decision.
She said that the daily wage earners were their top priority whose livelihood had been badly affected by the corona-induced economic downturn.
The Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme, she said, would benefit 10 million affectees in three categories.
Listing the first category, she said 4.5 million existing Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries (all women) already getting Rs2,000, would get extra Rs1,000 emergency relief (total Rs3,000) for the next four months.
In the second category, she said, three million affectees would be identified through the national socioeconomic database. The eligibility threshold would be relaxed upwards and with previous income of up to Rs20,000, who had now suffered economic shock and were without livelihood, would be helped through Ehsaas, she added.