BISP disburses Rs1.07b thru Smart Cards

ISLAMABAD (APP) Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), ensuring cash grant system transparent, has disbursed a total amount of Rs 1.07 billion among its registered beneficiaries through Benazir Smart Cards. The smart cards were introduced in four test phase districts; Mianwali, Mirpurkhas, Multan and Sanghar and 1,72,751 cards have been distributed so far, an official of BISP told APP on Wednesday. After inception of BISP, Pakistan Post Office was taken onboard for disbursement of cash grant among deserving families but some complaints were registered by the beneficiaries. Therefore, Benazir Smart Card was introduced as an alternate payment mechanism to avoid any human involvement and ensure convenient, efficient and timely provision of BISP benefits to the deserving families. The mechanism will be introduced in every district soon after completion of the poverty survey, the official said. BISP has also introduced another innovative way of Mobile Phone Banking for the first time for transparent transfer of BISP benefits to the poorest of the poor which would further eliminate any human involvement in disbursement of cash to the deserving. Free Mobile phones are being distributed among 1,92,000 registered beneficiaries in four districts; Larkana, Layyah, Battagram and Barkhan. The first-ever nation-wide poverty census is being conducted across the country providing equal opportunity to every citizen who is holding CNIC to get registered with BISP regardless of caste, creed and religion. More than 70 per cent of the survey ensuring objectivity and using international best practices to minimize inclusion and exclusion errors has been completed in the country. The official said the number of beneficiaries will reach up to seven million families after completion of the survey and the programme will ensure transparent cash transfer mechanism to all its registered beneficiaries.

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