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26 December 2019, Thursday

Government to remove 800,000 plus names from the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)



PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

26 December 2019, Thursday

In the news

The government is likely to remove more than 800,000 beneficiaries from the BISP list, that was meant to support the poor in Pakistan

 

In the background

The official vision and the mission of the BISP is to eradicate poverty and elevate “the status of marginalized and under privileged sections of society, especially women, through establishment of comprehensive Social Protection Net”  and fight “poverty by employing multiple social protection instruments designed to bring a sustainable positive change in the lives of persistently excluded and deprived families.”

The primary objective of the BISP is women empowerment in Pakistan. It was launched by the PPP government in 2008 in all the four provinces. In October 2018, the PTI government appointed Dr Sania Nishtar as the Chairperson of the BISP.

There has been a complaint within the PTI that the BISP is helping the PPP cadres; for long, there have been complaints about favouritism within the BISP.

The new chairperson launched a survey and looked at new parameters in deciding the eligibility of the BISP. In her words, the survey looked into whether the family of a beneficiary had any motorcycle or car, or whether a spouse was a government employee, or whether the beneficiary or the spouse travelled abroad.

As a result, according to the government, 820,165 beneficiaries were removed, in which 14,730 were government employees, 127,826 were spouses of the government employees,

153,302 travelled abroad at least once and 195,364 were those spouses of those travelled abroad once. Someone who could pay telephone bill of Rs 1000 every month is considered not eligible.

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