BISP Kafaalat to increase its outreach :Shazia Marri

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Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Shazia Marri Thursday announced that the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) Kafaalat would expand its outreach to eight million families till the month of June and then 10 million afterward.

“Unfortunately the increased ratio of poverty, inflation and unemployment in the country has led to economic instability during last few years which require expansion of BISP to provide financial relief to the poor masses”, she said in an interview with media .

The Program, serving seven million families now, will expand with its outreach up to eight million families till the month of June however, we want to increase its coverage up to the 10 million families in future as per the poverty ratio and the economic indicators, she said.

To a question on re-inclusion of the expelled BISP beneficiaries, the federal minister said it is very unfortunate that around 8, 20,000 beneficiaries were expelled from the BISP program in the year 2019 without any verification or investigation through giving an impression that they were ineligible and affluent.