The Federal government is making the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) more effective and will expand its network across the country for giving maximum BISP benefits to the deserving women, as the BISP has yet produced the desired positive results regarding making the deserving women economically stable in line with the vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed regarding the women empowerment.
She stated this while talking to the newsmen at Sialkot after addressing an important meeting of the BISP officials held here on Monday. She claimed that all the benefits of the BISP were reaching directly to the deserving people under the dynamic leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. She said that the PPP government has evolved a positive and effective strategy to ensure support of all the deserving women irrespective of their political affiliation, as the BISP was moving ahead towards the right direction of economical empowerment of the deserving women in the country. She also announced the establishment of BISP Regional centre in Sialkot.
Dr Firdous also announced launching a national awareness-raising campaign about the Waseela-e-Haq, Waseela-e-Rozgar and Waseela-e-Sehat Programmes under the BISP umbrella. The information minister said the PPP believed in supremacy of law and the constitution as well as respect the judiciary, adding that strong judiciary would support the building of strong institutions in the country.
Earlier, addressing an important public meeting held at village Rangpur, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that general elections would be held on time and dreams of those wanted early elections would be shattered. The government will complete its constitutional tenure and continue to serve the people with full devotion. She said that at this critical juncture Pakistan could not afford adventurism and there was a great need for unity and solidarity to cope with challenges. Dr Firdous said that some anti democratic forces were trying to weak the process of democracy for their personal gains and busy in floating rumours against the government.
“The PPP-led government is committed to steering the country out of crises and resolving problems and difficulties confronted by the masses across the country”, she said. The minister said that power and gas issues would be resolved at the earliest and the PPP leadership had focused its attention to mitigate the problems of masses. “The PPP is making adequate efforts for strengthening democratic institutions and for promotion of democracy at gross-roots level”, she said.
“The Pakistan People’s Party is a symbol of federation and safeguard of geographical frontiers of the country”, she added. Dr Firdous disclosed that soon an IT campus would be set up for the promotion and expansion of computer literacy among the youth of the area.
A Passport Office would also be established soon in Kuba Chak (her native village) to lessen the difficulties of the rural population, particularly people of her electoral constituency (NA-111, Sialkot-II) she added. She stressed upon the people that they should forge unity among their ranks to foil designs of anti-democratic elements.
The information minister said that Bilalwal Bhutto Zardari would be the future leader of youth and would lead 60 percent of the country youth, adding that Pakistani young generation was able to put the country on the path to prosperity and progress. Dr Firdous assured the gathering that the government would fulfil its all pledges despite financial constrains.”The PPP-led government is mobilizing all available resources for providing basic facilities to the people at their doorsteps. Earlier, the minister inaugurated sui gas supply projects in five local villages of the area.