The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) led federal government has decided to remove nearly 600,000 people from the lists of recipients of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).
Recently, NADRA conducted a comprehensive review of the beneficiaries of the BISP in the last 8 years. The findings of NADRA’s review revealed that nearly 525,000 beneficiaries of the BISP had traveled to foreign countries at least once in the 8 years. More than 44,000 beneficiaries had registered either a car or a bike under their name.
The review further revealed that more than 36,000 beneficiaries of the BISP had paid an ‘executive fee’ to obtain NICs from NADRA during the last 8 years. 1,246 had submitted applications to obtain passports.
Around 30,000 people had recharged Rs. 1,000 or more on their mobile phones. The monthly landline bill of 20,000 people had exceeded Rs 1,000.
Furthermore, most of these 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 600,000 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’.
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