The Punjab government is considering ending the “Ehsaas Rashan Program,” which was started by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) administration last year.
The provincial Finance Department requested the program’s cancellation shortly after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) took control in the province, according to details.
Punjab has allegedly paid the Federal Government Rs. 9 billion for the Rashan Program, according to the Finance Department. The Federal Government, on the other hand, has failed to offer subsidized vital items in proportion to Punjab’s contribution.
In addition, in Punjab, the Chief Minister’s Utility Support Program has begun, under which necessary supplies are offered at discounted rates in utility stores throughout the state.
As a result, continuing the Ehsaas Rashan Program in the province is no longer sustainable, as maintaining two subsidy programs at the same time places an additional load on the provincial budget.
Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced the Ehsaas Rashan Program in November last year, the country’s largest relief package costing Rs. 120 billion, under which vital items were discounted for 53 percent of the country’s population.
This program provides a 30% discount on the per-unit purchase of three key commodities: oil/ghee, wheat, and pulses to 130 million people in the country.