ISLAMABAD (APP) Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) will launch 'National Poverty Census to ascertain more deserving families for provision of financial aid in April. Talking to this news agency, Chairperson BISP, Farzana Raja said that the poverty scorecard survey would identify the number of poor families and proves beneficial for planning in health, education and other sectors in the coming years. She said that the pilot project of the survey was conducted in 15 districts of all provinces including Azad Jammu and Kashmir on pilot basis. The data of 2.5 million families has been collected in the survey and being compiled by the NADRA. To ensure transparency of the programme, 'Benazir Smart Cards will be distributed in the districts where the survey has been completed, she informed. The distribution of Benazir Cards is underway with the technical assistance of Untied Bank Ltd and distribution points have been set up in Panr, Kabal, Matta, Buner, Batkhela, Tamargara and Charsadda in Malakand division. These cards will allow the families receiving cash assistance from BISP to easily withdraw cash from their accounts. 318,126 IDP families will receive the Benazir Cards. Initially, Rs. 6,000 are being disbursed to the IDPs as a first installment for the months of April 2009 to September 2009 while remaining amount will be paid in due time. For further instalments, the female head of each IDP family will have to get herself registered with NADRA. Only those families will get aid, which had earlier received Rs. 25,000 through the Special Support Group. BISP is a social protection programme working to bring relief to the poorest of the poor section of the society. So far Rs 33.54 billion has been disbursed by BISP to 2.7 million deserving families. This number will be increased to five million by the end of this year. The beneficiaries will also be provided accident and health insurance facilities as well as vocational and technical training to one member of the family. Ministry of Labour and Manpower is being contacted to identify the fields for which human resource is needed on national and international level that will help make families economically stable, she added. The programmes initiated as a social safety net, has been transformed into a social protection programme to alleviate poverty from the country. She said the programme was not introduced to serve political motives but aimed at alleviating poverty providing immediate relief to the people living below poverty line.