Govt pays Rs 908 billion to BISP in last 11 years.

ISLAMABAD -- The government has paid a total of Rs908 billion to Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in last 11 years for helping the deserving families to become self sufficient.

An amount of Rs 34 billion had been allocated in the financial year 2008-09 for BISP, Rs 70 billion in 2009-10, Rs 50 billion each in FY 2010-11 and 2011-12, Rs 70 billion in FY 2012-13, Rs 75 billion in 2013-14, Rs 97 billion in FY 2014-15, Rs102 billion in FY 2015-16, Rs115 billion in 2016-17, Rs121 billion during 2017-18 and Rs124 billion had been allocated for BISP in FY 2018-19, an official told reporter.

He said from this amount around 5,089,503 deserving families are getting cash assistance grant under Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) programme from Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) across the country.

As many as 44,463 beneficiary families hailing from Gilgit- Baltistan, 140,832 from Erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Area, 1,743,877 from Punjab, 97,593 from AJK, 1,083,579 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 202,216 from Balochistan, 1,768,896 from Sindh and 8,047 beneficiaries hailing from federal capital are receiving cash assistance from BISP, he added.

To a question, he said BISP has launched an awareness raising drive across the country to inform beneficiaries about the exact time and dates for their quarterly stipend payment processing.

The initiative is part of BISP's commitment to ensure more transparent approach in tranche disbursement. The campaign will not only reduce the fiduciary risks involved, but also educate the beneficiaries about the exact amount of stipend per beneficiary along with complete information for withdrawal of their money, he added.

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