The Prime Minister Imran Khan’s led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has decided to remove nearly 820,000 Undeserving people from the lists of recipients of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).
The changes in the BISP database were made in the wake of reservations expre¬ssed by some cabinet members in the previous meetings that the supporters of opposition parties, especially those bac¬king the Pak¬is¬tan Peo¬ples Party (PPP), were benefiting from the programme while those belonging to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf were being ignored.
Recently, NADRA conducted a comprehensive review of the beneficiaries of the BISP in the last 8 years. Most of the people that would be stopped from misusing BISP are employees of either the federal or the provincial government. A big number of these employees own agriculture land of 12 acres or more.
On the recommendations of NADRA, the federal government has decided to exclude these 820,000 people from BISP that can provide sustenance to themselves and their families. The vacant positions would allow the inclusion of more deserving people.
According to Dr. Sania Nishtar, Chairperson of the BISP, the federal cabinet has agreed to increase the quarterly compensation under BISP from Rs. 5,500 to Rs. 6000. It has also decided to rename BISP to ‘Ehsaas Kafalat’. It is yet unclear if any action will be taken against those 820,000 undeserving individuals, who were getting BISP funds for eight years.
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