ISLAMABAD    -    World Food Pro­gramme’s Special Ad­viser on Mother and Child Nutrition Princess Sarah Zeid has termed Benazir Income Sup­port Programme a role model for the other countries and said that states running social safety programmes must learn lessons from the experiences of BISP.

World Food Pro­gram’s (WFP) Special Advisor on Mother and Child Nutrition and Jordanian Princess Sarah Zeid along with Country Director World Food Program visited Benazir Income Sup­port Programme head­quarters Friday.

During her visit, Prin­cess was briefed on different operations of Benazir Income Support Programme, its vari­ous initiatives like Na­tional Socio-Economic Registry NSER, Benazir Kifalat, Benazir Taleemi Wazaif, Benazir Nashon­uma and the registra­tion process that how a family can be enrolled in the programme to get financial benefits from its programs. Princess Sarah was informed that Benazir Income Sup­port Programme has also introduced a spe­cial mechanism for the registration of transgen­der community and if declared ineligible they could also have the right to appeal for their inclu­sion in the programme.

Jordanian Princess appreciated the efforts and commitment of Benazir Income Support Programme for its work to uplift the underprivi­leged segment of the society. She said that Benazir Income Support Programme is doing a tremendous job and termed Benazir Income Support Programme a role model for the other countries. She said that the countries running social safety programs must learn lessons from the experiences of Benazir Income Sup­port Programme. She also commended the role of Benazir Income Support Programme in providing education to children specially girls under Taleemi Waziaf initiative, which has been implemented in the 160 districts of Paki­stan and currently 8.5 million children have been enrolled in the program.

She was also apprised that Benazir Income Support Programme has extended the scope of Benazir Nashonuma programme, which aimed at addressing the issue of stunting during the initial 1000 days of child-birth. Under this programme pregnant, lactating women and their children less than 2 years of age are pro­vided cash assistance of Rs. 2000/- per quar­ter to boy child and Rs. 2500/- per quarter to girl child. In return mothers are bound to attend regular aware­ness sessions on health during pregnancy and consuming specialized nutritious food. Benazir Income Support Pro­gramme is also plan­ning to increase the duration of initial 1000 days to 5000 days for the provision of condi­tional cash assistance under this program.

Later in the day, Prin­cess Sarah Zeid also visited Benazir One Window Center for in­specting various facili­ties being provided by Benazir Income Support Programme under the one roof. During her vis­it at one Window Center the Princess interacted with women beneficia­ries of Benazir Income Support Programme who came there for re­solving issues related to their registration in dif­ferent initiatives of the programme.