New BISP survey to identify needy being planned: Senate informed

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 13 (APP): Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday informed the Senate that the government was planning to conduct a new survey under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) to identify needy across the country.
Speaking on behalf of the Finance Minister during the question-hour, he said the BISP was in the process of technical consultation with relevant stakeholders for assessing needs of conducting a fresh survey.
However, he said, the exact timeline in this regard could not be shared at this time as the process was lengthy in nature, involved deliberations of various stakeholders and entailed allocation of financial resources by the government.
To a question, he said the BISP Poverty Scorecard survey in union council Nikka Pani, Tehsil Oghi of district Mansehra was conducted in 2011, and the financial assistance to deserving was being provided accordingly.
He said names and addresses of the beneficiaries could not be shared as per the Data Sharing Protocol approved by the BISP Board, constituted under the Act of Parliament (BISP Act-2010).
However, the minister said, a total of 1,357 registered BISP beneficiaries in the Nikka Pani area were getting financial assistance.