ISLAMABAD: Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon said on Sunday that the government was sincere in its efforts to eradicate poverty and remain committed to facilitate deserving families across the country.
She said, “Government wants to empower women through BISP help to bring them in the mainstream”. About new BISP survey, she said a two-step approach was being adopted to ensure that no one would be left unattended. Besides offering people to get them registered, the door-to-door approach would also be adopted in the new poverty survey for getting accurate and dynamic data, she added. She also said that the pilot phase of the National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) would cover 16 districts across the country and this survey was started from this week from Haripur that would cover entire country.
She said that BISP was committed to updating NSER that covers every area of the country keeping in view all the factors like accessibility, terrain and security situation. Chairperson BISP urged support for the survey teams and discussed mechanisms for effective re-survey. She also directed the local administration to prepare detailed account of villages in the area for effective identification of the poor. “BISP would test desk approach, on-demand survey and door-to-door approach in the first phase of the survey,” she said.
She added that BISP has developed a technology enabled system to detect major irregularities in the cash transfer and other programmes like Waseela-e-Taleem. Record of all the suspicious beneficiaries was confirmed at two levels, she informed adding that firstly with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and secondly with manual verification of each beneficiary. “These beneficiaries would be unblocked subject to verification and necessary documentary evidence,” she said. “I am thankful to Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as they increased the funds for the BISP beneficiaries to tackle the increasing poverty in Pakistan,” she added. Pakistan is in the right position to move ahead in terms of economy and development, she said.