ISLAMABAD, Oct 14 (APP): Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) MNA Marvi Memon Friday said investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards poverty alleviation and financial inclusiveness.
She stated this after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BISP and Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (WCCI) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on skill development training for BISP beneficiaries.
She said that the BISP is trying its best to empower its beneficiaries through its various initiatives.
Besides managing poverty through unconditional cash transfers, the BISP has embarked on poverty exit strategies as well making its beneficiaries self reliant.
MoU between BISP and WCCI KP was signed by DG KP BISP Irfan Yusufzai and President WCCI KP Shumaima Arb.
According to the signed MoU, 500 BISP beneficiaries would be trained in dress making, jewelry designing, fashion designing, leather goods, home accessories and woven wool products.
On the occasion, Chairperson WCCI Itrat Bilour acknowledged the efforts of the BISP for the betterment of poorest of the poor and assured that this cooperation would strengthen further.
Chairperson BISP added that these trainings would open new avenues of opportunities for the BISP beneficiaries making them financially and economically empowered.
Chairperson thanked the WCCI KP for their cooperation and urged other organizations to come forward and play their part in social development.
Later, Chairperson BISP presented the BISP Progress Report 2014 2016 to Governor KP Iqbal Zafar Jhagra at a plenary conference in the Governor House KP.
The conference was attended by Members Provincial Assembly, Councilor General of Iran, Secretaries of various departments, Vice Chancellors of universities, representatives of NGOs, civil society, journalists and the BISP beneficiaries.
Governor KP while appreciating the role of present government, in making the BISP asuccess story, said that the BISP was brain child of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar.
He said the stipend goes to women making them more confident and empowered.
The governor added the BISP’s efforts to uplift FATA are admirable.
He also appreciated Chairperson BISP for initiating new poverty survey for National Socio Economic Registry (NSER) update.
Highlighting the milestones achieved by the BISP, Memon stated 1157,483 households of KP receive the BISP stipend on quarterly basis and 252,180 children have been enrolled in Charsadda, Kohat, Maneshera, Malakand, Noshera, Bannu and Haripur under Waseela e Taleem (WeT) initiative.
Pilot phase of new poverty survey to update NSER includes Haripur, Lakki Marwat, Charsadda, and Mohmmad Agency.
She reiterated that updated the NSER would be an asset for planning and development in the country and the whole of FATA would be covered in the new poverty survey.
Chairperson BISP, while lauding the courage and struggle of the BISP beneficiaries said that with the help of Allah Almighty and by believing themselves, they can achieve everything in life.
She added the BISP is a platform that they can use to break the shackles of poverty and overcome the gender bias of our society.
During the conference, Governor KP distributed appreciation
certificates among BISP beneficiaries from all across KP for their bravery and struggle against poverty.
On the occasion, these beneficiaries stated that besides helping them financially, the BISP has been pivotal in empowering them socially and economically.