Islamabad – Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Marvi Memon called upon all the banks to streamline process of issuing ATM cards following identical procedure to facilitate beneficiaries.

BISP has hired United Bank Limited, Alfalah Bank, Summit Bank and Tameer Bank for issuing ATM cards but they are following different and complicated procedures creating problems for the beneficiaries as majority of them are illiterate, sources told APP here.

Sources said the Chairperson has also expressed concern over the design of Waseela e Taleem (WT) Programme and issued directives to adopt a standardized procedure for disseminating stipend to the children enrolled under the programme.

Waseela e Taleem Program was launched in 32 Districts of Pakistan with the promise to enroll `Out of School Children’ from the BISP Beneficiary families but the newly appointed chairperson observed a number of flaws in its implementation process, which put millions of rupees at risk.

She pinpointed that enrolment of Beneficiary Families into WT is by choice, adding that no change is possible for improving attendance of enrolled children under the project until its payment is linked with the monthly cash grant of Rs.
1500 per month to the beneficiaries.

She further said WT incentive did not match with the needs of the people as poverty dimensions are different in different localities.
Moreover, the amount of stipend is not in accordance with their requirements and it needs to be enhanced keeping in view the inflation rate in the country.

Unfortunately the focus of the scheme is not on `Out of School Children’ as 90 percent of the “enrolled” children were already studying in schools, she commented.
The chairperson further said WT scheme did not finance the orphans if the mother beneficiary died.
It even did not support the children of victims who have been granted financial support by BISP under `Emergency Relief Fund’, she said.

Marvi Memon said payments are being given to already enrolled children who did not need any further support while no steps are taken to check continuous drop-out which indicates that no attention was paid to ascertain reason of this issue.

Children enrolled under WT have no connection with secondary education and there was no future plan for these children after completing primary, she said adding,only primary education is not adequate to secure future of these children.

In this regard support may be sought from provinces to link secondary education under the scheme, she suggested.


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