QUETTA: Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon called on Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri to discuss the expansion of programme’s organizational coverage in Balochistan.
She held the meeting on the directions of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who had announced BISP’s expansion on August 19, while addressing political leadership in Quetta.
While briefing the Chief Minister Zehri, Marvi Memon said that BISP had made commendable progress both in terms of expansion and improved service delivery during the past four years of PML (N) government.
It was high time to expand its operations in Balochistan so that each deserving woman in Balochistan could be catered at the doorstep.
Currently BISP is operational in Quetta, Kalat, Makran, Naseerabad, Sibbi and Zhob divisions, where 38 effective offices were providing services to 195,145 beneficiaries. Marvi said that BISP was planning to expand its network to 25 more tehsils in 16 districts, reaching some 132,547 beneficiaries.
BISP has submitted a proposal for expansion of its offices and recruitment of employees against vacant seats in Balochistan to the chief minister for review and feedback. The chief minister acknowledged the services of Chairperson BISP and assured her of full support from the provincial government.
He appreciated that BISP’s financial assistance was poverty based instead of being population based.
The meeting also discussed alleged discrepancies in 2010 survey as per international standards and urged to resurvey its data on for various federal and provincial welfare schemes like PMIFL, PMNHIS.
The expansion of BISP Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) to four more districts in consultation with Balochistan Education Department also came under discussion.
It was finalized that enrollment would start in Kohlu, Naseerabad, Killa Abdullah and Sherani from March 2018.
Currently 32,199 children were enrolled under WeT in Balochistan, 2151 children in Awaran, 13,159 in Gwadar, 8,211 in Jhal Magsi, 3,037 in Loralai, 979 in Musakhel and 4,662 children in Nushki.
Chairperson BISP apprised the chief minister that the payment mechanism of BISP stipends to beneficiaries was being converted to Biometric Verification System (BVS).
Around 43 districts had been converted to BVS till to date out of which eight were in Balochistan. They include Kharan, Khuzdar, Qilla Abdullah, Qilla Saifullah, Musakhel, Sibbi, Zhob and Nushki. The payment mechanism would be converted to BVS in all districts of Balochistan before the general election, she informed.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Education Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, Minister for LGRD Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen, Minister for Health Rehman Saleh Baloch, Minister for Labour Rahat Faiq Jamali, Minister for P&D Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai, Minister for S&GAD Nawab Muhammad Khan Jogezai, Minister for Revenue Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel, Miniseter for Sports Mir Mujeeb-ur- Rehman Muhammad Hassaani, Nasarullah Khan Zayrai, Mayor Quetta Muncipal Corporation Kaleem Ullah Kakar, Prince Ahmed Ali and Syed Liaqat Agha.
Published in The Balochistan Point on September 19, 2017