ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) enrolled 33,320 children under Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) in Balochistan, an official of the BISP told.
Under WeT initiative, BISP enrolls 5-12 years old children of its beneficiary families into primary schools.
The beneficiary families receive Rs 750 per quarter per child with the condition of 70% attendance compliance other than unconditional cash transfer (UCT) of Rs 4,834 per quarter.
Talking to the state-run news agency, the official said that 2,151 children were enrolled in Awaran, 13,166 in Gwadar, 8,472 in Jhal Magsi, 3,827 in Loralai, 1,009 in Musakhel and 4,695 children in Nushki areas of Balochistan.
The official said that it is complementing Prime Minister’s uplift package for Balochistan development as BISP is not only contributing in the financial and educational uplift but also in nutrition, health and women empowerment.
The BISP official said that besides providing financial assistance to 1,95,145 beneficiaries, expansion of WeT to four more districts of Balochistan in consultation with the Provincial Education department would start in Kohlu, Naseerabad, Qilla Abdullah and Sherani from March 2018.
The official said that in order to overcome the difficulty in using ATM by beneficiaries, BISP would soon covert the payment mechanism to Biometric Verification System (BVS).
Moreover, he said that in order to increase their income and resolve the issue of unemployment, the beneficiaries have been urged to save money from BISP stipend and invest into making traditional handicrafts and products like shawls under BISP E-Commerce Initiative so that they may graduate out of poverty.
BISP E-Commerce is an initiative of BISP to harness entrepreneurial potential of its beneficiaries by online marketing and selling their products through its partners like Alibaba, Cheezmall and TCS.