Islamabad : Fasial Karim Kundi, SAPM/MOS on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety said ensuring transparency in cash disbursement to deprived and under privileged women is the hall-mark of the working of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). He stated this while discussing various initiatives of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) with Her Excellency Ms. Dilsad Senol, ambassador of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in Pakistan, about. H. E. Ms. Senol, called on the Minister of State.
SAPM informed the visiting ambassador that BISP had recently released a tranche of over Rs. 55 billion as first quarterly installment for the year-2023 for disbursement among women registered under Benazir Kafalat Programme. An additional release of about rupees 13 billion have been make separately for Benazir Educational Stipends, he continued. He also apprised the visiting ambassador that Benazir Nashonuma Program has been extended to 118 districts across the country and 169 Facilitation Centers have been made operational so far.
Minister of State underscored that for complaint redress of the BISP beneficiaries, a Call Centre has been established in BISP head office. Instructional videos for awareness and advocacy are also shared on social media platforms on regular basis, he added. Rs. 70 billion have been distributed among the 2.8 million people who were affected by floods, Faisal Karim Kundi added.
The devastation of floods in Pakistan has pushed many people below the poverty line. BISP has, therefore, launched Dynamic Survey in the flood affected areas as well as all over Pakistan for inclusion such people in Benzair Kafalat Programme, said Faisal Kundi.
H. E. Ambassador Senol noted that floods have put extraordinary burden on the government of Pakistan for provision of relief to the affected people. She said that the whole world is exposed to the climate changes and climate related calamities and every country will have to face its consequences, however, the world is still not ready for it, she observed.
The visiting TRNC ambassador appreciated Government of Pakistan for establishing diplomatic ties with TRNC and said that over ten thousand Pakistanis are living in TRNC and we feel that very soon cricket would be introduced in TRNC as well.