Sunday, 01 July 2012 19:07:38
Identification process continues to register more than 7 mln BISP
ISLAMABAD, Jul 1 (APP): Benazir Income Support Programme
(BISP) is in process of identification of new recipient families
to bring more than seven million recipients in next fiscal year.
Poverty survey has been a major success and so far around
seven million families had been registered in this regard, of which
0.4 million people from Balochistan has been registered.
The survey launched in 2010 is expected to be completed in
near future, an official at BISP told APP.
The official said the first ever nation-wide poverty
scorecard targeting survey was launched in all districts of the
country including AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan with an initial target to
cover almost 25 million households.
He said for the next fiscal year, the BISP has planned
payments to all beneficiaries through Benazir Debit Cards in more
than 100 districts while it would extend Waseela-e-Taleem programme
in 20 districts.
It has also planned provision of life insurance cover to
the bread-winners of additional one million recipient families,
bringing the number of families with life insurance cover
to 5 million.
The BISP also targeted provision of demand driven vocational
and technical training in over 60 fields to a person each from
150,000 recipient families.
It would also launch health insurance in four districts
and ensure provision of micro-finance to 10,000 recipients.
Regarding poverty survey, he said focus is on less-developed
areas of Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas to
provide financial assistance to the poorest sections of society.
It planned to ensure provision of 10 percent discount at
Utility Stores to Benazir Debit Card holders.
So far 1.5 million Benazir Debit cards have been issued under
the Programme to ensure transparency at every level.
It merits mentioned here that the allocation for BISP had been
raised to support the poorest of the poor.