ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) is disbursing quarterly stipends, from January to March, among the 9 million deserving families across the Country who are registered under Benazir Kafaalat.
So far 7.5 million have received their cash assistance through designated banks or their Point of Sale (POS) agents.
Besides the disbursement of Benazir Kafaalat quarterly tranche, quarterly installment of Benazir Taleemi Wazaif is also being paid to the deserving families. Children of the registered beneficiaries who are enrolled in schools with an attendance rate of over 70% are entitled for the ‘Teleemi Wazaif’.
Moreover, the distribution of Rs 2,000 per family as Atta subsidy, announced by the Sindh government, is also going on.
Out of the total 64 lac deserving families registered with Benazir Income Support Program, 26 lac, 80 thousand beneficiaries have been paid the atta subsidy amount in Sindh Province.
Under Wheat Seed Subsidy Programme of the Sindh government, Rs 3.15 billion have been disbursed, among 1 lac and 33 thousand flood affected farmers, through Benazir Income Support Programme.
The crackdown operations against alleged bank agents who are involved in deductions from beneficiaries cash are also being carried out with full force.
Multiple FIRs, have been registered, and arrests have been made after receiving complaints of illegal deductions during payment of money to Benazir Income Support Programme.
Moreover, monitoring teams under the leadership of the senior officials of Benazir Income Support Program have paid surprise visits in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, and other areas. These surprise visits were made at payment centers and agents involved in illegal deductions were also blacklisted.
The Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program Shazia Marri has directed the relevant authorities to take strict action against the agents who are found involved in illegal deductions.
The beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Program are urged to lodge complaints in the nearest Tehsil office of Benazir Income Support Program or contact helpline number 0800-26477 in case of any complaint.