BISP plays key role for poor’s welfare, women empowerment: President

ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain
Thursday appreciated Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) saying it was playing a key role for the socio economic welfare of the poorest of the poor and vulnerable segment of society particularly pursuing an overall mission of women empowerment.

The president was talking to Minister ofState/ Chairperson BISP, Marvi Memon, who called on him at the Aiwan e Sadr, here.

On the occasion, the chairperson BISP presented the
annual report of her organization to the President.

President Mamnoon noted with satisfaction that in the
last three years, the government especially emphasized the expansion of the BISP and improvement in its delivery mechanism.

He appreciated that the incumbent government, keeping in
view the importance of education, has invested in the complementary Waseela e Taleem programme of the BISP to financially support the primary education of children of BISP beneficiary families to increase the ratio of school enrolment and retention.

The president expressed satisfaction that the BISP, under
the leadership of its chairperson, was working day and night
to ensure transparency in its affairs and to enhance the
utility of the programme in coordination with all

He appreciated that the BISP had not only become the biggest social welfare programme in South Asia but was also one of the largest and effective programmes in the world which was bringing change in the lives of millions of people across the country.

The president expressed his good wishes for the
administration, workers and leadership of the BISP and hoped that through their efforts the programme would be made further effective for the betterment of the poorest of the poor.

Chairperson BISP informed that the BISP provided quarterly
stipends to over 5.3 million families and it had successfully
achieved all Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) under World Bank, DFID and ADB projects.

She said that the present government had increased the
stipend from Rs 3000/ to Rs 4834/ per quarter and budgetary allocations to Rs. 115 billion in FY 2016 17.

The BISP has initiated Biometric Verification System (BVS)
for payments that would be extended to the whole country, she added.

Marvi Memon said that resurvey for National Socio
Economic Registry (NSER) update has been initiated since June 2016 which would be concluded by March 2017 in two phases.