Ms. Marvi Memon Chairperson BISP

BISP to facilitate Business Community for CSR Activities through its data: Marvi Memon - August 26, 2015

No Citizen Should Remain Deprived Of Constitutional Right To Education: Marvi Memon - August 25, 2015

BISP Celebrates Independence Day with Beneficiaries - August 14, 2015

BISP to enable its beneficiaries to face Climate Change Risks- July 30, 2015

BISP develops performance indicators to measure the performance of the field staff - July 25, 2015

UK's Minister Reiterates DFID support to Pakistan's National Social Safety Net - July 22, 2015

Marvi Memon spends busy day with IDPs at Bakakhel - July 19, 2015

BISP Board approves re-survey of BISP database - July 03, 2015

BISP duty-bound to take lead in ensuring smarter versus stunted Pakistanis: MARVI - May 08, 2015

BISP is the pioneer for pro-poor policy making based on Quality data: marvi memon - May 07, 2015

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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.