BISP providing assistance to empower women, reduce poverty: Marvi

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 19 (APP): Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon Friday said BISP is providing financial assistance to women for empowering them and reduce ratio of poverty from the country.

“The government has allocated hefty amount for BISP to
provide relief to its 5.3 million beneficiaries as we are
resolving issues of beneficiaries under the directives of Prime
Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,” she said in an interview with PTV.

She said BISP is getting 90 percent aid from federal
government and 10 percent from World Bank and other donors for its projects including Waseela e Taleem.

The provincial governments were also cooperating with BISP
to provide succor to the beneficiaries across the country, she added.

She stated that she herself visited all the districts
including far flung areas to monitor relief activities of BISP to empower women.

Marvi Memon said the beneficiaries had taken amount in
previous Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s tenure through Post Office, Smart Card and Mobile Phone but she termed it a unsuitable way as the women had faced several difficulties in the system.

She said, “We had introduced ATM card to get amount but most of women are uneducated and requesting others for cash withdrawal and some people are misusing their ATM cards.”

BISP chairperson said that BISP is launching biometrics
system through National Identity Card (NIC) to facilitate the masses and it would be fully functional in June 2017.

She said BISP has started E Commerce programme to promote traditional handicraft and festivals of handicrafts had been launched in Hunza and Thatta and would soon such festivals would be held in Bahawalpur. Companies are marketing such products to generate opportunities for craft women.

Marvi Memon said, “We are updating every information
regarding BISP projects and programmes on Website to inform the masses.”

She said that the people can register their complains on
BISP hotline number 0800 26477.