President Appreciates BISP Initatives being executed under EHSAAS Program – August 28, 2019

Government of Pakistan

Benazir Income Support Programme

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Press Release

August 28, 2019

PRESIDENT APPRECIATES BISP INITIATIVES BEING EXECUTED UNDER EHSAAS PROGRAM

ISLAMABAD (AUG 28): President Arif Alvi has appreciated the Ehsaas programme and its components including  NSER, Tahafuz and Kafalat during a visit to BISP Headquarters, here on Wednesday. He stated that these initiatives have been holistically designed and are fully aligned with the agenda for change through poverty alleviation as envisaged by the government.   President was given a detailed briefing on the programme and its components.
Chairperson BISP and Minister for Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar briefed the President about the overall Ehsaas Program, its policies and strategy design.   She stated that the Ehsaas programme has 115 policy pillars which will be executed through a multidimensional approach.  It was further shared that a total of 28 agencies are involved in its implementation. The President was also briefed on Ehsaas Governance and Integrity Policy.President was apprised of different interventions being made for the benefit of BISP beneficiaries.  It was informed that the payment mechanism for BISP beneficiaries has  been significantly transformed over the years and the approach of BVS based payments has been adopted  in 90% areas in coordination with banks, NADRA and telecom companies.

Secretary BISP Mr. Ali Raza Bhutta shared the information on activities of BISP. The President was apprised of different activities of BISP including National Socio Economic Registry, Unconditional Cash Transfers & New Payment System and the Conditional Cash Transfers.

The methodology of Poverty Score Card was shared which includes survey of each household at doorstep, a scientifically designed questionnaire administered through Computer Application (43 variables), an asset and consumption data of the household (Proxy Means Test) and the scores calculation for each household (0 to 100). It was further shared that the survey quality is ensured via End to end digital operation, GIS/System/Algorithm based monitoring, Third party validation of survey and Validation of identity information by NADRA. It was shared that the exercise will provide a clear socioeconomic database of the entire population with poverty scores.

It was further shared that new initiatives are being introduced which include Grievance Redress & Appeals Process, Validating & Cross validating results as well as establishing a National Data Exchange Portal.

The President was also briefed on the new payment model of BISP. He was informed that BVS Points of Sale, BVS ATMs, BVS Enabled branches & Special arrangements such as Campsites, Cash on wheels etc. were being made. Further, it was shared that Partnerships between different financial Institutions (FIs) is also being explored to facilitate beneficiaries.

It was informed that Savings Account linked Limited Mandate Account with a choice to either withdraw cash in full or push some money in her savings account is being introduced. Moreover, the Savings Account is being linked to verified SIM in the name of the beneficiary.

The President was also informed that an Interactive Voice Recording (IVR) facility in local languages will soon be provided at BISP call centers. He was briefed that Beneficiary awareness & financial literacy initiatives, leading to financial and digital inclusion, were also being implemented by BISP.

The honorable guest was also briefed on the Conditional Cash Transfer programme which is functional in 50 districts across the country. He was informed that Rs. 750 per quarter per child is provided to each beneficiary household under CCT model on70% attendance in the quarter.

It was shared that 2.7 million children have been enrolled in schools which include49% girls with a budget of Rs. 3.16 billion in 2018-19

The President was informed that the Impact of CCT programme as per Oxford Policy Management is the Increase in enrolment of children in schools with13% for boys and 15% for girls and an attendance Rate: 83% for boys and 81% for girls.