ISLAMABAD

Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar has said that needy people had the right to be the first beneficiary of the state resources and that government would extend all possible support to BISP to extend its outreach to the most deserving segments of the population.

The minister stated this while chairing a briefing session about the BISP here on Saturday. Chairperson BISP, Marvi Memon gave a detailed presentation to the finance minister on the 100-days programme which she said was being undertaken to fully activate this all important social security institution. The minister was apprised about the E-governance mechanism introduced in the BISP soon after assumption of responsibilities by the incumbent chairperson. The minister was informed that BISP was all set to launch the Waseela e Taleem Programme next week which would carry incentives for BISP-registered families to send their children to school. The minister was also informed that the target of 5 million beneficiaries would be sure achieved by end June.

Ishaq Dar, while lauding the measures taken by the new chairperson to turn BISP into a truly vibrant welfare organization, asked for consolidation of various welfare schemes and emphasized that efforts should be focused on the cash stipend scheme which was the major BISP programme.