BISP decides to unblock cards of beneficiaries blocked in PTI tenure

ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) has decided to unblock majority of the beneficiaries cards which were blocked by the previous government of PTI.

Minister of State Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Pakistan Faisal Karim Kundi informed the media that BISP board has given approval to open majority of those cards, which were blocked by last government tenure.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal cabinet under the chair of former PM Imran Khan had given approval removing over 800,000 beneficiaries of the BISP.

BISP had removed them from list after checking foreign travel, Ownership of motor vehicle, monthly PTCL as well as mobile bills, Passport processing through Executive Centers by beneficiary or spouse with payment of extra fees and obtaining of CNIC through executive processing of three or more family members of beneficiaries from National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Faisal Karim Kundi said the department has been reexamining the cases of beneficiaries expelled from BISP in the past and majority of genuine beneficiaries will be included again.

Faisal Karim Kundi has said that most of the government officials, who were getting the amount as beneficiary, also challenged their termination in courts and courts in some cases gave relief to them as former management had fired most of them from job without giving chance of personal hearing.

He also said that we are going to start a dynamic survey across the country to check the actual beneficiaries as people badly affected by the flood.

This dynamic survey would be different from the previous one as we will establish centers in Tehsil or districts in flood affected areas and we will ensure transparency in registration, he added.

There will be an open banking system and beneficiaries can open accounts in any bank, Kundi informed the reporters.

The federal government has also disbursed Rs70 billion in flood affected areas to give relief to people, he informed.

The State Minister said that we have been starting work to conduct surveys in merger areas of KP. The survey had not been conducted in the past citing the lack of internet facilities in those areas, he said.

Our Division had also briefed members of parliamentarians on this matter, he informed.

The state minister also said that BISP has also registered more than 200 FIRs on account of deductions made by agents in rural areas of Sindh.

While replying to one question, he said that We want to give exit policy to those beneficiaries who have been well-off after getting the amount in recent years.

Shahzad Paracha
Shahzad Paracha
The writer is a member of Pakistan Today's Islamabad bureau. He can be reached at [email protected].


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