MIRPUR (AJK) - Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Marvi Memon announced the expansion of BISP Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) to Neelum and Haveli districts in AJK.

She visited village Khundalshahi and BISP Tehsil office Aathmuqam in Neelum Valley on Sunday. During her visit, she said as these people were terror struck and poverty indicators were high in the area, BISP would make extra efforts for their coverage and ensure that no deserving poor was left out.

She announced the expansion of BISP Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) to two more districts of Neelum and Haveli in AJK. She said that expansion process starting in March 2018 was expected to enroll 10,374 children in Neelum and 16,442 in Haveli.

Currently 40,220 children are enrolled in AJK under WeT that includes 13,339 in Bagh, 19,140 in Kotli and 7,741 in Mirpur, she detailed.

She interacted with BISP officials, beneficiaries, local notables and PML-N representatives. Addressing a gathering of party workers, notables and BISP beneficiaries at Tehsil Aathmuqam in Neelam valley, she stated that the Federal government would ensure that no deserving woman at Line of Control in AJ&K remained deprived of financial assistance. She added that it was committed to providign dignity, empowerment and meaning to lives of it’s the beneficiaries.

She reiterated the support of government of Pakistan for the innocent Kashmiris against Indian atrocities, and said that Pakistan would continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom from Indian occupation and their right to self-determination.

She said that international peace agencies must take note of these violations by Indian Army so that human lives could be safeguarded. She informed the audience that Benazir Income Support Programme would provide a real list of the poor to the government for effective service delivery. National roll out of resurvey will be started in February 2017 which would ensure 100% coverage of the population living near LoC, she said.

She also visited the house of Nargis Bibi and inquired her regarding the transparent delivery of money order by Pakistan Post. Nargis said that she was receiving BISP stipend through Pakistan Post on regular basis.

Divisional President PML-N Raja Yousuf Khan appreciated the efforts of the Benazir Income Support Programme chairperson for ensuring provision of BISP assistance to beneficiaries living in difficult terrains of AJK. He thanked her for visiting AJK and acknowledged her concern for the plight of people living near LoC.