ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasized the need to expand the sphere of Benazir Income Support Program and to ensure its transparency and corruption free nature. The President said this during a briefing on Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Ms. Farzana Raja, informed the President that so far a list of over one million verified beneficiaries of BISP has been provided to the Pakistan Post. Funds for these beneficiaries have also been provided to Pakistan Post. Money order payments are currently in progress.
Ms. Farzana Raja briefed the President about the launch of pilot project for Benazir Smart Card, a technology based solution for value added social sector services in collaboration with NADRA, at one of the relief camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from FATA.
The Benazir Smart Cards are expected to be distributed to the IDPs at one of the relief camp shortly. The President expressed satisfaction with Benazir Income Support Program and directed that Benazir Smart Card scheme should be implemented in such a way that it eventually becomes a credible poverty alleviation program.
He said that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s vision aimed at uplift of the poor and the downtrodden can only be achieved by bringing the marginalized sectors of society back into the main stream. She always fought for the rights and uplift of the poor. The government would engage all available resources to accomplish the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
The briefing was also attended among others by Ch. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas (KANA), Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Privatisation, Mr. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Mr. Shaukat Tarin, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Sardar Asef Ahmed Ali, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Ms Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Sector, Mr. Ali Arshad Hakeem, Chairman NADRA and Ms. Shandana Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Support Program.-SANA