Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon visited Dargai, Malakand today to monitor progress of Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) program. During the visit, Chairperson BISP held meeting with BISP Beneficiary Committee (BBC).
There are 60,000 BBCs, each comprising of 25 to 30 women, across the country. BISP uses this platform to spread awareness among beneficiaries on education, nutrition, basic counting, the rights given to women by Islam and other local issues. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there are 2023 BBCs while in Malakand, there are 272 BBCs.
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. 4834/- per quarter.
In the meeting with BBC, the Minister stated that BISP is not only contributing in the financial and educational uplift of its beneficiaries but also in nutrition, health and women empowerment. She said that BISP has enrolled 394,977children under WeT in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, out of which 63,907 children in Bannu, 118,374 in Charsadda, 13,580 in Haripur, 19,583 in Kohat, 47,672 in Malakand, 79,321 children in Mansehra and 52,540 in Nowshehra. She added that the expansion of WeT to three more districts in consultation with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education department would start in Dera Ismail Khan, Mardan and Dir Upper from March 2018.
The Minister informed the beneficiaries that in order to expand the outreach of BISP and to include more deserving people in the programme, BISP would soon start resurvey in Malakand along with the rest of the country. She urged the public to fully facilitate and cooperate with the survey teams so that no deserving is left out in the NSER survey.
She enquired beneficiaries that if they are provided with three or four stipends together instead of single quarterly stipend, would they be able to utilize the amount for initiating small businesses and graduate out of poverty. Beneficiaries showed excitement over the idea and shared many propositions of small businesses and entrepreneurship which they could undertake.
Chairperson BISP encouraged the beneficiaries to enable themselves in basic counting so that they are fully aware of release, withdrawal and the savings from the quarterly stipend of Rs. 4,834. She also informed them that to overcome the difficulty in using ATM by beneficiaries, BISP would soon covert the payment mechanism to Biometric Verification System (BVS).