Tabadlab Policy Roundtable 01 – Covid 19, Basic Income, Digitalization & the Social Contract

Hosted ByMosharraf Zaidi

On March 24, 2020, the Government of Pakistan announced a PKR 144 billion income support programme called Ehsaas Emergency Cash, to alleviate the economic hardship caused by Covid-19. This represents among the most ambitious efforts by the state in Pakistan to engage and support its citizens.

We discuss the transformational potential of the Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme in terms of the country’s social contract, its fiscal priorities and digital payments with:

  • Mudassar Aqil
    CEO, Telenor Microfinance Bank
  • Nazish Brohi
    Researcher & Social Scientist
  • Dr. Juvaria Jafri
    Political Economist, City University of London
  • Shandana Khan
    CEO, Rural Suppport Programme Network
  • Dr.Pervez Tahir
    Former Chief Economist, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan.