New BISP survey thru NSER proves to be cornerstone for future policy

Ahsan Iqbal inaugurates BISP NSER data analytic 2017-18


Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)’s updated National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) through new survey will prove to be a cornerstone for the future policy making of this country. Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said it will ensure universal coverage of the widows, orphans, elderly and the disabled making Pakistan a model welfare country in the world, a BISP press release Tuesday said.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of new BISP NSER data analytic 2017-18 system, he said, digital mapping of the data would be an asset for targeted subsidies on agriculture, electricity, education, health, nutrition and disaster targeted support to the poor.
The meeting was attended by Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon, Secretary BISP Yasmeen Masood, Member Social Sector Planning Division Asma Hyder, Chief Economist Dr Nadeem Javaid and BISP officials. Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson BISP said BISP is all set to register the first ever dynamic NSER of the country as the previous NSER was a static registry unable to cater to changing socio economic conditions of the population.
The technology enabled ongoing survey for NSER update will generate best NSER in the world, making Pakistan clinch the top position, whereas currently Pakistan ranks at number five in terms of targeting and selection, she added.
Briefing on the NSER update through resurvey, DG BISP Dr Tahir Noor stated that ongoing door to door survey in 16 pilot districts would be completed by July 2017. It would be followed by national roll out in September 2017 that would be completed by March 2018.
He apprised that BISP has also successfully tested the desk registration in Naseerabad, Sukkur, Haripur and Bahawalpur which has shown tremendous results.—APP

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