Marvi briefs CM Zehri on Expansion of BISP in Baluchistan – September 18, 2017

Government of Pakistan

Benazir Income Support Programme

Press Release

September 18, 2017

MARVI BRIEFS CM ZEHRI ON EXPANSION OF BISP IN BALOCHISTAN

Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon called on Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri on the directions of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to discuss the expansion of BISP’s organizational coverage in Balochistan that was announced by the Prime Minister on August 19th 2017 while addressing political leadership in Quetta.

The meeting was attended by Minister Education Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, Minister LGRD Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen, Minister Health Rehman Saleh Baloch, Minister Labour Rahat Faiq Jamali, Minister P & D Dr. Hamid Khan Achakzai, Minister S& GAD Nawab Muhammad Khan Jogezai, Minister Revenue Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel, Miniseter Sports Mir Mujeeb-ur- Rehman Muhammad Hassaani, Nasarullah Khan Zayrai, Mayor QMC Kaleem Ullah Kakar, Prince Ahmed Ali and Syed Liaqat Agha .

While briefing the Chief Minister Zehri, Ms Memon said that BISP has made commendable progress both in terms of expansion and improved service delivery during the past four years of PML (N) government. It is high time to expand its operations in Balochistan so that each deserving woman in Balochistan is catered for at her doorstep. Currently, organizational coverage of BISP in Balochistan is spread over six divisions that are Quetta, Kalat, Makran, Naseerabad, Sibbi and Zhob Divisions. In these divisions, there are 38 effective offices that are providing services to its 1,95,145 BISP beneficiaries.

She added that BISP is processing the case for expansion to 25 additional tehsils in 16 districts and the proposed expansion would cater to 1,32,547 beneficiaries in respective tehsils. BISP has submitted a proposal for expansion of BISP offices and recruitment of employees against vacant seats in Balochistan to CM for review and feedback.

CM Balochistan acknowledged the services of Chairperson BISP and assured her of full support from the provincial government. He said that establishing of BISP offices all across Balochistan would facilitate its population and play an important role in poverty alleviation. He appreciated that BISP financial assistance is poverty based instead of being population based .Chairperson BISP reassured that the same approach would continue as it ensures the coverage of whole of unprivileged segment in Balochistan and the country as well.

Discrepancies in 2010 survey as per international standards were discussed and it was agreed that there is urgent need for a resurvey as BISP data is basis for various federal and provincial welfare schemes like PMIFL, PMNHIS. The MPAs expressed high satisfaction over the pilot phase of new survey carried out in Killa Saifullah, Kech and Naseerabad. Chairperson BISP apprised them that the resurvey in remaining districts would start in October 2017 at once.

The expansion of BISP Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) to four more districts in consultation with Balochistan Education department came under discussion. It was finalized that enrollment would start in Kohlu, Naseerabad, Killa Abdullah and Sherani from March 2018. Currently  32,199 children are enrolled under WeT in Balochistan, 2151 children in Awaran, 13,159 in Gwadar, 8,211 in Jhal Magsi, 3,037 in Loralai, 979 in Musakhel and 4,662 children are enrolled in Nushki.

Chairperson BISP also apprised the CM that the payment mechanism of BISP stipends to beneficiaries is being converted to BVS (Biometric Verification System). 43 districts have been converted to BVS till date out of which eight are in Balochistan namely Kharan, Khuzdar, Qilla Abdullah, Qilla Saifullah, Musakhel, sibbi, Zhob and Nushki. She added that payment mechanism would be converted to BVS in all districts of Balochistan before the general elections.

Later, in her meeting with Speaker Balochistan Assembly Rahila Durrani, Chairperson BISP apprised her of the expansion plans of BISP in Balochistan.  Azhar Khan Khoso, Arifa Sidique, Samina Khan and Secretary Provincial Assembly Rehmatullah were present in the meeting.