Almost 4.83 million beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) had received Rs.43 billion during the first two quarters of the current fiscal year (2014-15).

Under its cash grant package Rs. 20.7 billion were issued in the first quarter for 4.6 million people while in the second quarter Rs. 21.3 billion were issued for 4.7 million beneficiaries. The third quarterly payment would be issued in March, an official of BISP told here on Sunday.

He said under Waseela-e-Taleem programme the payments were issued on calendar year basis and during last year Rs. 13.2 million were issued to 2200 children in the first quarter of January to March. In the second quarters from April to June Rs. 22.74 million were issued among 3800 children and in the third quarter from July to September, Rs. 20.5 million were distributed among 34000 children.

The verification of attendance for the last quarter is in final stages, he said adding, under the project Rs. 200 is being given to each child up to three children per family, after verification of their attendance. He further said the drop out children are not eligible to get the stipend so the number of students varies in each quarter. The BISP aimed to extend its outreach to over 5 million beneficiaries by the close of current financial year, he added. He further informed that the financial help, provision of vocational training or healthcare facilities BISP aimed to serve the people whole-heartedly and ensure complete transparency in financial matters.

Regarding the other programmes, he apprised that for Waseela-e- Sehat, Waseela-e-Haq and Waseela-e-Rozgar they are working to improve the design of these project and for the purpose studies are being conducted. On the basis of these report next plan would be devised for transparent and smooth payment of grants under all these projects, he said adding that payments for all these projects would start hopefully in the next fiscal year.