Around 96 per cent of the nationwide poverty survey, being conducted by Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), has been completed while the process is still underway in FATA.
An official of BISP told mediamen that the number of beneficiary families would rise upto seven million after completion of poverty survey.
The survey was to be completed by June this year but the security problems in FATA caused delay in launch of the survey. However, the survey process would be completed soon and the beneficiary families would be registered with the programme for providing benefits of all its initiatives.
The Programme has taken various steps to bring revolutionary changes in the lives of nearly six million beneficiary families so far, however, the number of beneficiary families would rise up to seven million after completion of the ongoing poverty survey.
Besides other initiatives, BISP has also announced provision of Conditional Cash Transfer for Education Programme by virtue of which more than 1 million children of beneficiaries will be sent to schools.
This programme will educate coming generations of the poor families and help develop bright future of the country, the official said. The other initiatives of BISP include; provision of demand driven vocational training to its beneficiary families under Waseela-e-Rozgar scheme in line with job opportunities available both at national and international level.
Waseela-e-Haq, Life insurance, Health insurance, and other innovative steps of BISP including Benazir Smart Card and Mobile Phone Banking are also contributing significantly in poverty eradication, the official said.
Life Insurance of Rs 100,000 has been launched and three million beneficiary families have already become entitled for this scheme while BISP is also set to launch Health Insurance facility for all the family members of beneficiary families.
Benazir Smart Card is being launched all over the country as an alternate payment mechanism to Post Office, thus achieving the objective of providing the rights of the people at their doorsteps, the official said.
The official said, a 10 years plan is being chalked out with the help of the comprehensive data gathered through the process of poverty survey.
It is also a matter of great pride for the country that we have achieved a success during a short span of three years whereas the other nations took 20 years to achieve the same level of success.
source: http://www.pakobserver.net / Staff Report / Wednesday Aug 24th, 2011