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