ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Parvez Rashid said Monday the Finance Ministry has released a special assistance package of Rs 500 million to the drought-affected BISP beneficiaries of Tharparkar.
The fund will be distributed amongst the poorest of the poor 77,000 BISP beneficiaries of Tharparkar district in the next two days through their bank accounts, said a press release issued here. This special grant of Rs 6,400 per beneficiary will be in addition to the regular BISP’s assistance, said the Information Minister.
The Minister said the step was taken in response to severe famine in district Tharparkar compelling thousands of people to live under miserable conditions.
“In addition to other relief efforts of the present Government, BISP was directed to take extra measures to mitigate the miseries of drought-hit poorest of Tharparkar district through its cash transfer programme”, said the Minister.
“Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had announced cash grants for the affected people of the district during his recent visit to the area. The Prime Minister had also directed to use the existing income support mechanism for helping the poorest people of the area”, the Minister added.
The Minister said that there are presently more than 77,000 beneficiaries of BISP in Tharparkar receiving cash grants through Debit Cards.
The BISP has recently released its routine quarterly cash grant of Rs 3,600 per beneficiary throughout the country.
“In total these poorest families would receive a support of Rs 10,000 as cash grant for the current quarter. The BISP has made special arrangements with the concerned bank for prompt and transparent delivery of cash”, said the Minister.
Parvez Rashid further said that after taking charge, the present Government had not only increased the annual budget of BISP from Rs 70 billion to Rs 75 billion but had also increased the monthly cash benefit from Rs 1000 to Rs 1200 per beneficiary.