Rs49.84b disbursed under Kafalat Program from May to Oct

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    An amount of approximately Rs 49.84 billion has been disbursed among the beneficiaries of Benazir Kafalat Programme being executed through the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), from May till October, 2022. “The number of beneficiaries of the Kafalat programme, which is an Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) initiative, have been increased from 7.2 million to 8.5 million during this period (May-October)”, an official source revealed on Wednesday while highlighting the six months performance of the BISP.

    Currently, the number of enrolled/registered beneficiaries of the Kafalat programme is around 8.58 million. However, the present government has set a target to enhance this number up to 9 million by June 2023. The BISP Board has recently approved a policy to include transgenders under the programme for which they are required to obtain a CNIC form NADRA clearly mentioning their gender as ‘transgender’.

    About the Targeted Petroleum Subsidy Programme, the source told that an amount of approximately Rs 17.35 billion had been distributed among around 8.67 million beneficiaries under the initiative from May-October, 2022. The initiative was launched in order to protect the poor and the vulnerable families from the effects of rising fuel prices by providing additional cash subsidy of Rs 2,000 to existing regular BISP beneficiaries as well as additional beneficiaries using National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) database.

    About the Flood Relief Programme, the official source disclosed that from August till October 2022, an amount of approximately Rs 69 billion had been distributed among around 2.76 million families affected by the catastrophic floods this year, under the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Cash Assistance Programme. The immediate cash relief of Rs 25,000 per family was disbursed among the affected families due to the recent floods across the country through BISP.

    Under the Benazir Taleemi Wazaif Programme, which is a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) intervention, the source conveyed that since inception of the programme, 10.5 million children had been enrolled. However, for the said period i.e. May 2022 to Oct 2022, 1.8 million children have been enrolled while an amount of Rs 15 billion has been disbursed as education stipend during the period. The programme was launched, recognizing that many children in BISP beneficiary households were not attending school, in the year 2012 through provision of additional cash per quarter to BISP beneficiary families for pursuing primary education.