ISLAMABAD - Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairman Enver Baig , at a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, tendered his resignation from this slot.

Baig presented his resignation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a meeting which took place before the premier’s departure to Nepal to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit in Kathmandu. Baig, while confirming the development, said the PM had asked him to take the charge of Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation for the time being and he had accepted that.

Enver Baig was appointed as the BISP chairman in November last. From the very start he was not comfortable with the bureaucracy and had complaints that civil bureaucracy was creating hurdles in his way to implement his plans for the BISP. In 10 months of his chairmanship, three secretaries of BISP were changed as he was not satisfied with their work and competence.

Enver Baig , in his remarks, said, “I did my best for the beneficiaries of the BISP to steer them out of poverty and provide jobs to them to make them self-reliant. For the purpose, I signed agreements with many organisations. I can say that I was successful to certain extent but I had problems with the bureaucracy and could not have encouragement from that side.”

“Finally, I decided to quit as it was better than failure to come up to the expectations of the prime minister,” he further said. “I asked the prime minister to relieve me of my duties in the BISP,” Baig stated.

About his new assignment as the PIDC chairman, Baig said he didn’t know much about the institute and after the notification he would look into the matters and working of the organisation. He said the PM had asked him to take this charge and he could not refuse as it was not appropriate to do so in view of the respect of the prime minister. The notification for his appointment is expected to be issued in next 2-3 days, he said.