Mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal tools to be used to con­duct new poverty sur­vey: Marvi

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—The Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gramme (BISP) has em­barked on an­other mile­stone of up­dat­ing Na­tional So­cial Eco­nomic Reg­istry (NSER). New poverty sur­vey would be con­ducted us­ing state of the art tech­no­log­i­cal tools out class­ing all ear­lier sur­veys.

All ef­forts would be made to doc­u­ment the best di­rec­tory of the poor. This was stated by Min­is­ter of State and Chair­per­son BISP MNA Marvi Me­mon dur­ing her visit to a reg­is­tra­tion site for Na­tional So­cio Eco­nomic Reg­istry (NSER) up­date at Union Coun­cil Kho­lian Bala of Haripur Satur­day.

Chair­per­son BISP urged de­serv­ing fam­i­lies to come forth for reg­is­tra­tion. She high­lighted that no forms are be­ing dis­trib­uted as reg­is­tra­tion is be­ing done via mod­ern tools (com­puter tablets) and reg­is­tra­tion is free of cost. Pub­lic should stay vig­i­lant of the fraud­ster el­e­ments that tend to mint money in name of BISP resur­vey.

Haripur is the first pi­lot district where poverty resur­vey has been launched. Desk ap­proach is be­ing used in Haripur where peo­ple can self-reg­is­ter them­selves. The self-reg­is­tra­tion has started at four Union Coun­cils of Haripur that are Re­hana, Bandi Sher Khan, Barkot and Kho­lian Bala.

The self-reg­is­tra­tion ap­proach will be tested in four dis­tricts namely Haripur, Ba­hawalpur, Nasir­abad and Sukkur. Self reg­is­tra­tion ap­proach will be the first step in the di­rec­tion of build­ing a dy­namic NSER where house­holds can reg­is­ter them­selves through­out the year, some­thing not pos­si­ble in cur­rent sys­tem of NSER.

NSER is a reg­istry of 27 mil­lion house­holds across Pak­istan, cre­ated af­ter na­tion­wide poverty sur­vey 2010-11. NSER has com­plete in­for­ma­tion on the so­cioe­co­nomic con­di­tions of in­di­vid­ual house­holds. This data­base is used for de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion of var­i­ous so­cial pro­tec­tion poli­cies and pro­grams by not only the fed­eral & pro­vin­cial govern­ments but also by the NGOs and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment part­ners.

Chair­per­son Marvi Me­mon en­sured that the resur­vey would be free of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ences and no de­serv­ing would be left out. The new poverty sur­vey will cover each and ev­ery part of the coun­try and there would be no lim­it­ing fac­tors as se­cu­rity or in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Dur­ing phase I, in ad­di­tion to Desk Ap­proach in 4 dis­tricts Door to Door ap­proach will also be adopted in 12 dis­tricts; en­abling BISP to de­ter­mine val­ue­for-money (VFM) for both the ap­proaches of tar­get­ing, help­ing the in­formed de­ci­sion mak­ing re­gard­ing the ap­proach to be adopted in na­tional roll­out in the re­main­ing dis­tricts of the coun­try.

Other pi­lot dis­tricts in­clude Mir­pur (AJK), Charsadda, LakkiMar­wat, Chak­wal, Layyah, Faisal­abad, Ba­hawalpur (Pun­jab), Ja­cob­a­bad, Sukkar, Thatta (Sindh), Gil­git (Gil­git Baltistan), Qila Sai­ful­lah, Kech, Nasir­abad (Balochis­tan) and Mo­ham­mad

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