BISP Board approves support for multiple social protection initiatives

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Includes establishment of Cyber Crime Control Wing, agreement with NADRA to ensure easy payments to next of kins under Ehsaas Kafaalat

BISP Board approves support for multiple social protection initiatives. The 43rdboard meeting of BISP was held at the BISP headquarters, Islamabad under the chair of SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar. BISP is one of the 34 implementing agencies of Ehsaas. The board deliberated upon an extensive 19-item agenda including expansion of Ehsaas Nashonuma, opening of mobile wallets for Ehsaas One Woman One Account initiative, establishment of Cyber Crime Control Wing, agreement with NADRA to ensure easy payments to next of kins under Ehsaas Kafaalat, constitution of steering committees for Ehsaas Nashonuma and Ehsaas Talemi-Wazaef and accident insurance coverage for monitoring teams of Ehsaas Talemi-Wazaef. A vibrant discussion took place, deep dive analysis was carried out and many important decisions were taken in the meeting.

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Chairperson BISP and SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar chairing the 43rd meeting of BISP Board

To enhance the outreach of Ehsaas Nashonuma program, the board approved the expansion from currently 9 to 12 districts. Briefing the board about the flagship program, Dr. Nishtar said, “Districts with the highest stunting rates are being included. For now, 22 Nashonuma Centers have already opened in 9 districts. Overall, 52 Ehsaas Nashonuma centers will be established in 12 districts.”

The board also gave go ahead for “Ehsaas One Woman One Account initiative”, to enable opening of mobile wallets for Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries. “We will invest in financial literacy to promote uptake and believe this will significantly impact on individuals’ abilities to escape poverty”, shared Dr. Nishtar.

BISP establishes Cyber Crime Control Wing

Further, the board agreed to accelerate establishment of a “Cyber Crime Control Wing” to protect Ehsaas payments against cyber-attacks. “Cyber Crime Transparency is personally a priority for me; a multipronged effort is underway to ensure fast-tracked action in this regard”, said Dr. Nishtar while briefing the board.

Enabling real time validation of eligibility of next of kin appeals in Ehsaas Kafaalat, the board approved an agreement with NADRA. This agreement was necessary to ensure that applications of next of kin of dead beneficiaries are processed quickly.

Other important decisions included approval for the establishment of Steering Committees of Ehsaas Nashonuma and Ehsaas Talemi-Wazaef for oversight, policy enhancement and accountability, and accident insurance coverage for monitoring teams of Ehsaas Talemi-Wazaef.

The board meeting was attended by Yusuf Khan Secretary BISP, Muhammad Ali Shahzada Secretary Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division, Ghufran Memon Secretary Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, Additional Secretary (Exp.) Finance Division, and representatives of NADRA and EAD. Amongst private sector members, Zaffar A. Khan, Qazi Azmat Isa and Khawar Mumtaz attended the meeting. Members joined the meeting both physically and virtually.

The board meeting concluded with the vote of thanks by SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar. She thanked all the board members for their time, continued support, and trust.

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