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Faisal Qureshi urges masses to fully participate in door to door survey for National Socio Economic Registry update

Karachi, December 25, 2016 (PPI-OT):National Socio Economic Registry (NSER) is a national asset that plays a pivotal role in planning targeted subsidies and designing and implementing social protection programs. Currently the NSER data is being employed by more than forty different governmental initiatives and development organizations that include Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Programme, PM Interest Free Loans, Punjab Khidmat Card, KPK Insaf Card and a number of NGOs.

NSER update would provide quality data to policy makers for designing effective policies on social protection. This was stated by Minister of State and Chairperson BISP, MNA Marvi Memon while speaking in a training workshop organized by BISP for the master trainers of new poverty survey of BISP just ahead of the launch of Door to Door Survey of NSER update.

The workshop was conducted to train master trainers from AASA CONSULTING. The training session was followed by field simulated exercise of Door to Door Survey. Renowned actor and host Faisal Qureshi accompanied the Chairperson during field exercise. AASA CONSULTING is one of the partner firms hired by BISP to conduct door to door survey in the pilot districts of new poverty survey.

AASA CONSULTING will conduct survey in Cluster C districts from Sindh (Thatta, Jacobabad) and Balochistan (Qilla Saifullah, Kech). These master trainers will further train supervisors and enumerators for conducting survey. The workshop was attended by Area Coordinators, Programme Managers, Data Managers, Enumeration experts and Communication and Mobilization experts.

Faisal Qureshi appreciated the Chairperson BISP for her untiring effects for the uplift of poor. He urged the general public to participate and facilitate the new poverty survey as the data collected during this process would be used for designing social safety programmes and help Pakistan in becoming a true welfare state. He appreciated the BISP IT team for CAPI architecture, as for the first time such highly scientific methods are being employed for data collection on such a large scale in Pakistan.

Highlighting the unique features of the NSER update survey, Chairperson BISP said that to overcome data quality errors, CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interviews) instead of PAPI (Paper Assisted Personal Interviews) approach is being adopted. Similarly, to ensure universal coverage, systematic approach is being introduced for mapping and route planning of the survey teams.

The registration application has in built checks and controls capable of identifying errors. Bluetooth based synchronization of the enumerators and supervisors, is a quality control feature that will ensure smooth operations without internet connectivity, which is a problem in remote areas of the country.

During Door to Door survey exercise, Faisal Qureshi along with Chairperson observed the data entry procedure. He urged the public to fully participate in the resurvey process, thus helping BISP in pioneering the best NSER in the world. He urged the media to support NSER update as the data collected during new poverty survey would play a vital role in development planning in future.

For more information, contact:
Assistant Media Officer
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) – Sindh
Cell: +92-333-239 4466
Tel: +92-21-32361510
Fax: +92-21-32361511
Email: shafqat.ali@bisp.gov.pk

1,48,345 households registered under new BISP poverty survey so far : Marvi

Sukkur, November 15, 2016 (PPI-OT): Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon visited Pano Aqil today where she inspected BISP’s new poverty survey registration site of Town Committee Center. She observed the process of registration and interacted with people for their feedback.

The pilot phase of the resurvey started from Haripur in June followed by Bahawalpur in September and Sukkur and Naseerabad in October. Desk approach is being adopted in these districts. BISP has so far registered 1, 48,345 households in these four districts. Till date, 48,890 households in Haripur, 63,657 in Bahawalpur, 24,935 in Sukkur and 10,863 in Naseerabad have been registered. In Sukkur, 113 counters setup in 36 centres will cover an expected case load of 89,249 households. In Pano Aqil, 32 counters setup at 12 centres, will cover an expected caseload of 52,364 households out of which 6,122 households have been registered.

On the occasion, Chairperson BISP stated that Pakistan is one of the top five social safety nets in the world in terms of targeting and selection. We are committed to make it top the list by registering state of the art National Socio Economic Registry (NSER). She added that NSER is a national asset vital for designing welfare programs on financial assistance, vocational trainings, microfinance, education and health by different Government departments besides BISP.

For the resurvey, two approaches i.e. Desk Approach and Door to Door Approach have been adopted so that no deserving family is missed out. 16 districts across Pakistan will be covered in the pilot phase. 12 districts of pilot phase where door to door approach would be started in December 2016 include Jacobabad, Thatha, Mohmand Agency, Gilgit, Mirpur, Layyah, Chakwal, Faisalabad, Kech, Qila Saifullah, Lakki Marwat and Charsadda. Pilot phase will be completed by end of March 2017 and the activities of national roll out of the resurvey will be initiated by July 2017. Resurvey will be completed countrywide by March 2018.

During the visit, Chairperson reiterated that the support from the local government in terms of logistics, security and social mobilization is critical for the efficient and timely completion of the resurvey.
During spot check of the registration site, the Minister instructed the concerned officials to facilitate the people in registration process. She also informed people to contact BISP in case of any complaint at BISP Hotline No. 0800- 26477.

For more information, contact:
Assistant Media Officer
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) – Sindh
Cell: +92-333-239 4466
Tel: +92-21-32361510
Fax: +92-21-32361511
Email: shafqat.ali@bisp.gov.pk

BISP waseela-e-taleem success lauded in Mexico

Karachi, September 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): BISP being the flagship national social safety net of Pakistan not only lends a hand in poverty management through unconditional cash transfer but believes in graduating its beneficiaries out of poverty by investing in human capital development through education. This was stated by Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon while speaking at “International Symposium: the contribution of conditional cash transfer programs to the creation of Social Protection System with rights-based approach” arranged by Ministry of Social Development and National Coordination of PROSPERA Programa de Inclusion Social with the support of World Bank at Mexico City, Mexico.

The conference has representations from Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Uruguay, Egypt and Tanzania. Pakistan is the only South Asian country to be invited in recognition for its success in conditional cash transfer (CCT). Having learnt the CCT process from Latin American countries, Pakistan is now a CCT role model after massive school enrolment.

Whilst in discussion with the World Bank Vice President Mr. Keith Hansen, Ms Memon reiterated the need for a League of social safety nets and discussed World Bank as a coordinating agency for the league especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Mr. Hansen appreciated BISP for its CCT, National Socio Economic Registry (NSER) and its role in reducing malnutrition rates through its stipend. World Bank Vice President apprised Ms Memon of a special event of Finance Ministers at the World Bank Annual meeting in Washington next week on reduction of malnutrition to be attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

In the conference the Chairperson BISP highlighted that through Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT), the CCT program of BISP, children from the age of 5 to 12 years receive Rs. 750 per quarter per child for primary education with the condition of 70% attendance compliance. WeT is a major initiative towards attainment of Sustainable Development Goal of universal primary education as it is mandated to ensure school enrolment of 2 million underprivileged children by December 2017. Under WeT, 1.3 million children have already been enrolled till June 2016.

The Chairperson added that 50,000 BISP Beneficiary Committees (BBCs) have been established under WeT initiative that engage beneficiaries in interactive sessions resulting in social mobilization. Chairperson apprised the participants that WeT has been initially launched in 32 districts and would be further extended to other districts through strengthening of federal-provincial partnerships.

Ms. Memon reiterated that Waseela–e-Taleem initiative has registered a positive impact on human development. As per impact evaluation reports, school enrolment rates of primary aged children in BISP households supported by WeT program is 81% compared to 60% in households not supported by WeT. WeT supported districts have shown gender balance and better school attendance rates. WeT supported children have shown 87% attendance with only 10% children showing less than 70% attendance. Enrolment rate was recorded as 76% for girls and 86% for boys in WeT supported households. These figures clearly supplement the fact that Waseela-e-Taleem initiative of BISP is contributing a lot towards human capital development and bringing a positive social change.

For more information, contact:
Shafquat Ali
Assistant Media Officer
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) – Sindh
Cell: +92-333-239 4466
Tel: +92-21-32361510
Fax: +92-21-32361511
Email: shafqat.ali@bisp.gov.pk

Benazir Income Support Programme and AKU explores possible collaboration for new neutral-health

Islamabad, September 23, 2016 (PPI-OT): Agha Khan University has appreciated the efforts of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and express their willingness to work with BISP for running a successful Waseela-e-Sehat scheme for the beneficiaries of BISP.. Professor Dr Rozina Karmaliani, Project Director who was leading the Agha Khan University Foundation said during a visit to BISP Sindh Regional Office, here on Thursday. Professor Dr Rozina karmaliani was accompanied by Mr Imran, Director and other Agha Khan University Project representatives.

During the meeting Professor Dr Rozina said that poor planning regarding the development of the social sector has led to food insecurity, health and malnutrition in Pakistan. She said that AKU intends to work for healthcare for new neutral health related activities for BISP beneficiaries in all over the Sindh. Initially, they are intended to started from Thatta District where BISP beneficiaries should come to Basic Health Units (BHUs) for nurturing, health facilities to fight malnutrition. AKU Foundation screens children and creates awareness among parents regarding the benefits of improved nutrition.

BISP Sindh and AKU will jointly assist children, pregnant and lactating women suffering from malnutrition to prevent stunting and micronutrient deficiencies. To determine the prevalence of anxiety and depression and evaluate associated factors, including domestic violence, among pregnant women in an urban community in Pakistan. The project will be initiated by AKU Foundation in collaboration with BISP would help prevent stunting (chronic malnutrition), primarily focusing at children, pregnant and lactating women in Thatta district of Sindh.

Director General BISP Sindh Mr Naeem Anwar briefed the delegation about the functions and operations of the BISP and more specifically on E-commerce, BBC’s, waseela-e-sehat and Waseela-e-taleem challenges they are facing in enrolling the beneficiaries and how the BISP beneficiary women were being served at the tehsil level.

In the Last DG BISP appreciated the work plan of AKU Foundation and ensure for full cooperation and data sharing of BISP beneficiaries with field offices.

For more information, contact:
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)
F-Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Call Center: +92-51-800-26477
Website: www.bisp.gov.pk

BISP grants through bio metric launched Beneficiaries will get cash grants through designated EASY PAISA or OMNI shop

Islamabad, September 08, 2016 (PPI-OT): Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) is dedicated to facilitate its beneficiaries to the maximum possible extent in a transparent manner. In this context, BISP is introducing biometric based payment system for the upcoming BISP Cash grant tranche of September 2016 in Mirpur Khas Division in order to increase the efficiency of providing financial assistance to beneficiaries said Mr Naeem Anwar, Director General, BISP Sindh.

BISP awards financial support of Rs4,700 to more than 1.8 million beneficiaries of Sindh on quarterly basis via Benazir Debit Card (BDC), diverting the payment system to biometrics will eradicate the role of middleman, he said. Many BISP beneficiaries were illiterate and were unable to operate ATMs, for this simple task, some people charge a fee from beneficiaries, he added. The beneficiaries would be able to draw the amount by using their CNIC along with biometrics at particular OMNI or EASY PAISA SHOPS. Biometric system for withdrawing BISP grant would be introduced across the country after effective tests phase.

With the biometric verification system (BVS), the BISP management wishes to cleanse the process of providing funds to the eligible beneficiaries so that the transfer becomes transparent and the chances of corruption or illegal withdrawal of cash are minimized.

For more information, contact:
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)
F-Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Call Center: +92-51-800-26477
Website: www.bisp.gov.pk

Bio metric system will be implemented for ensure transparency: Naeem Anwar

Islamabad, August 24, 2016 (PPI-OT): BISP is playing a vital role in poverty alleviation and women empowerment and the main purpose of the programme was to make women courageous and brave to be able to handle any adverse situation without any fear and panic this was stated by Mr. Naeem Anwar, Regional Director General (Sindh), Benazir Income Support Programme presiding over the meeting with all Divisional Directors of BISP Sindh Region.

During the meeting Director General discuss upcoming NSER in Sukkur, Jacobabad and Thatta Districts and reiterates that the new poverty survey would be transparent and BISP would put in hard efforts to make it the best in the world. He further added that new poverty survey would employ the latest technology and every deserving woman would be part of the updated National Socio Economic Registry (NSER).

BISP aims to be the pride of Pakistan and be number one in the world through this survey DG said that the empowerment of women can help eliminate poverty in the region and BISP is sincere in its efforts to eradicate poverty and remains committed to provide financial assistance to the deserving families all across the region and no slackness will be tolerated on the part of any official at Any level in relation to disbursement of cash grant and distribution of BDC cards.

During the meeting DG BISP issued instructions to all officers/officials for speedup operations, quick redressal of beneficiaries’ grievances and to facilitate deserving people.

For more information, contact:
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)
F-Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Call Center: +92-51-800-26477
Website: www.bisp.gov.pk