ISLAMABAD (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday reiterated his governments resolve to steer the poor out of the curse. Chairing a presentation of BISP nationwide poverty survey at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president called for expediting the process of extending health insurance facility to the programme beneficiaries to ensure free medical assistance for them, asserting: The BISP must stand out as Pakistan flagship programme for poverty alleviation and womens emancipation. Briefing the media about the meeting, Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that BISP Chairperson Farzana Raja informed the meeting that an amount of Rs 5.864 billion was disbursed among 386,174 needy families across the country, including 3,918 families in AJK, 13,706 in Balochistan, 6,164 Gilgit-Baltistan, 43,276 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 186,568 Punjab and 132,542 in Sindh. The meeting was apprised that in view of the governments commitment through the Balochistan package, the BISP targeting survey in 22 districts of Balochistan was conducted on priority basis while survey in few districts would be carried out as soon as law and order improved and work on poverty survey in Fata would start this month. It was informed that in all the districts, where the survey is being undertaken, the notables, parliamentarians and all other concerned are being taken on board during the whole process. The president, who is also the patron-in-chief of the programme, appreciated the initiative of nationwide poverty survey by the BISP and the fact that it was being conducted on non-partisan basis. He advised that the preference should be accorded to lesser developed areas and the calamity-stricken areas. He said taking on board all the stakeholders during the entire process would not only ensure the complete success of the initiative but would also help the government reach out to the most deserving and the needy persons regardless of their political affiliations and political influence. Transparency and credibility of the poverty survey are critical for the success of the programme, the president said.