Govt be­lieves in serv­ing hu­man­ity: Marvi Me­mon

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gramme ( BISP) Chair­per­son Marvi Me­mon on Sun­day said the PML- N gov­ern­ment be­lieved in serv­ing the hu­man­ity.

"We are com­mit­ted to con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive poverty sur­vey of de­serv­ing fam­i­lies un­der the ( BISP) in ad­di­tion to mak­ing ar­range­ments for pro­vi­sion of rea­son­able sus­te­nance to them dur­ing our ten­ure", she said while ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of lo­cal bod­ies rep­re­sen­ta­tives, no­ta­bles and ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the BISP at Ghau­sia Park here.

She said the PML- N's pol­icy was to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties to the haves- not un­der an im­par­tial sys­tem.

The chair­per­son said un­der first phase of the BISP, poverty sur­vey was be­ing launched in 16 se­lected dis­tricts, in­clud­ing Faisalabad. A sys­tem was be­ing chalked out on the ba­sis of sur­vey to en­sure fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the needy fam­i­lies, she added.

She said 5.3 mil­lion fam­i­lies were get­ting ben­e­fits of the BISP, in­clud­ing 170,000 fam­i­lies from the Faisalabad di­vi­sion. No form will be given to any sur­vey team but they would con­duct sur­vey by pay­ing door to door visit and mak­ing bio­met­ric iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the poor, she added.

The PML- N gov­ern­ment had en­hanced funds for the BISP from Rs 40 bil­lion to 102 bil­lion and dur­ing next fi­nan­cial year it will be fur­ther in­creased to fa­cil­i­tate the poor, she said.

She said sur­vey con­ducted in 2010 was not to­tally fair be­cause most of the de­serv­ing women were ig­nored. Now pro­posed poverty sur­vey will start af­ter Ramzan- ul- Mubarak and teams will pay door- to- door visit and iden­tify peo­ple liv­ing be­low the poverty line, she added. "Strict mon­i­tor­ing will be en­sured to make the sur­vey re­li­able and free from any mis­take and teams would use the lat­est elec­tronic equip­ment to avoid any er­ror or omis­sion", she said.

She also un­der­lined the role of me­dia, civil so­ci­ety and LB rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the mon­i­tor­ing of the BISP sur­vey and said they should im­me­di­ately iden­tify any dis­crep­ancy to the lo­cal of­fice or head­quar­ter of the BISP.

Spe­cial prayers were also of­fered for early re­cov­ery of Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif and par­tic­i­pants hoped that the PM will re­cover soon. State Min­is­ter for Wa­ter and Power Chaud­hary Abid Sher Ali, MNA Ha­jji Akram An­sar and MPA Mian Tahir Jameel also ad­dressed.

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