Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has decided to give cash grants to people of affected areas of Thar. The beneficiary number is 78,000 families (around 500,000 persons) and cash grants will improve their purchasing power during drought.
The crisis in Thar was a vicious cycle of poverty, malnutrition and disease which aggravated the vulnerability of the people of Thar. The income support beneficiaries will receive almost triple the existing amount for next two quarters. Existing income support mechanism will be used to help poorest of the poor of the Thar area while ensuring transparency .