Memon monitors WeP in Malakand

Staff Report
PESHAWAR: Benazir income support program (BISP) chairperson Marvi Memon visited Dargai in Malakand on Wednesday to monitor progress of waseela-e-taleem (WeT) program; an official statement said.

During the visit, Memon held meeting with BISP beneficiary committee (BBC).

There are 60,000 BBCs, each comprising of 25 to 30 women, countrywide.

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 (KP), there are 2,023 BBCs while in Malakand, there are 272 BBCs.

Under WeT initiative, BISP enrols five to 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 percent attendance compliance other than unconditional cash transfer (UCT) of Rs 4,834 per quarter.

In the meeting with BBC, Memon 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 394,977 children under WeT in KP, 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 KP education department will start in Dera Ismail Khan, Mardan and Dir Upper from March 2018.

Memon informed the beneficiaries that in order to expand the outreach of BISP and to include more deserving people in the program, BISP will 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 survey.

She enquired beneficiaries that if they are provided with three or four stipends together instead of single quarterly stipend, will they be able to utilise 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.

Memon 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 informed them that to overcome the difficulty in using automated teller machines (ATM) by beneficiaries, BISP will soon covert the payment mechanism to biometric verification system (BVS).