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Ms. Marvi Memon Chairperson BISP


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BISP needs to put more resources in Balochistan: MUHAMMAD KHAN ACHAKZAI - October 15, 2016

BISP Beneficiaries to Receive Skill Development Training by KP Women Chamber Of Commerce and Industries - October 14, 2016

BISP is Playing a Commendable Role In Poverty Alleviation: Masood Khan - October 13, 2016

BISP is committed to ensure transparency and effective service delivery: Marvi - October 09, 2016

BISP launches Biometric Verification System for payments in Battagram- October 08, 2016

Punjab Governor House opens its doors to BISP Beneficiaries- October 07, 2016

BISP Progress report 2014-16 Presented to the President- October 06, 2016

Marvi Urges Public To Participate In Resurvey Regardless Of Social Status- October 04, 2016

BISP To Impart Social Protection Trainings To Other Countries- October 03, 2016

Bisp Recognized As Largest Financial Inclusion Program: Marvi - September 30, 2016

Bisp Waseela-E-Taleem Success Lauded In Mexico - September 29, 2016

Audit Authorities verify that no payment was made to ineligible beneficiaries in 2012-13 - BISP - September 28, 2016

BISP Board Approves New Payment Model - September 26, 2016

BISP To Lead On Knowledge Partnership For Managing Big Data For Pm National Health Insurance Scheme With Korean National Health Insurance Service: Marvi - September 20, 2016

Marvi Proposes Integrated Ict Platforms For Social Protection - September 19, 2016

Women Empowerment Challenge Is About Ensuring An Attitudinal Change Which Guarantees Respect For Women: Marvi - September 02, 2016

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At a Glance

Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) was launched in July 2008 with an immediate objective of consumption smoothening and cushioning the negative effects of slow economic growth, the food crisis and inflation on the poor, particularly women, through the provision of cash transfers of Rs. 1,000/month to eligible families. Its long term objectives include supporting the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate extreme and chronic poverty, to empower of women and to achieve universal primary education. The monthly installment was enhanced to Rs. 1200/- per month w.e.f 1st July, 2013 by the present government and has now been fixed at Rs. 1500/-per month w.e.f 1st July, 2014.

Since its inception in 2008, BISP has grown rapidly; it is now the largest single social safety net program in Pakistan’s history. The number of beneficiaries has increased from 1.7 million households in FY 2008-9 to approximately 4.7 million as of 31st Dec, 2014 and BISP annual disbursements have risen from Rs. 16 billion in FY 2008-9 to Rs 65 billion in FY 2013-14. This FY, disbursements to beneficiaries is expected to reach Rs. 90 billion.

This period of growth and consolidation in BISP is characterized by two major transitions. In initial phase of BISP (2008-09 to 2010-11), beneficiaries were identified by parliamentarians while in 2010-11 a major transition occurred and poor households have been identified through a poverty scorecard survey based on household demographics, assets, and other measurable characteristics. The Nationwide Poverty Scorecard Survey, the first of its kind in South Asia, enables BISP to identify eligible households through the application of a Proxy Means Test (PMT) that determines welfare status of the household on a scale between 0-100. The survey was started in October 2010 and has been completed across Pakistan except in two agencies of FATA. The survey has the following features:

  • a. Creation of a large and reliable national registry of the socio-economic status of almost 27 million households across Pakistan
  • b. 7.7 million families are identified living below cut-off score of 16.17
  • c. GPS coordinates of all the household visited are available to map the data of the entire country

Benazir Smart Card and Mobile Phone Banking on test basis in nine districts across the country. After testing the pilots, BISP has rolled out Benazir Debit Card across Pakistan. Now, around 94% of the beneficiary household are receiving payments through technology enabled innovative payment mechanisms.