New BISP survey will not leave any poor woman out: Marvi  Memon

ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is ready to initiate the pilot phase of its new poverty survey in 15 districts and a tribal agency by the middle of this year.

BISP Chairperson Marvi Memon visited Chakwal and Mureed, Bhoun and Keryala villages on the Chakwal outskirts on Tuesday as part of a campaign to educate people about the new survey.

BISP is one of the top social safety nets of the world. We are fully committed to pioneer the number one National Socio Economic Registry (NSER) in the world as per the directions of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar. This was stated by Minister of State and Chairperson BISP, MNA Marvi Memon while speaking in a training workshop organized by SEBCON for field enumeration teams for resurvey of BISP at Chakwal. Secretary BISP, Ms. Yasmeen Masood was also present on the occasion.

SEBCON is one of the partner firms hired by BISP to conduct door to door survey in the pilot districts of resurvey. SEBCON will conduct survey in Cluster A districts from Punjab and AJK (Layyah, Chakwal, Faisalabad and Mirpur) and Cluster B districts from KPK, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA (Lakki Marwat, Charsadda, Gilgit and Mohmand Agency).

The master trainers have already been trained by BISP and these master trainers are further training field teams for conducting survey. The workshop is being attended by Field Supervisors, Enumerators and Communication & Mobilization experts. They are being trained on important aspects of data collection, survey applications and social mobilization strategy.  A pilot of door-to-door survey will be held in UC Dundhial of Chakwal to evaluate the operational cycle of applications used for survey. The activities of door-do-door survey will start from first week of February in twelve districts of pilot phase.

Addressing on the occasion, Chairperson BISP said that data collection is a sacred responsibility because through authentic registration, betterment can be brought in the lives of the poorest of the poor by making them part of social safety programmes. She urged the field enumerators to perform their assigned duties with full commitment and dedication.

Chairperson BISP also visited BISP beneficiary Zahida Parveen. Living in a mud house, Zahida Parveen manages her five kids and an ailing husband with the help of BISP stipend. In addition to BISP stipend, she earns her livelihood through a chips stall. She told the Chairperson that she aims  to build her house through savings from BISP stipend.

Chairperson BISP appreciated her courage and stated that BISP is always present to care for her. The Minister also informed her that door-to door survey would be starting soon; she should facilitate the survey teams and help other women in registering their details with BISP.  As NSER is being used by other welfare programmes for identifying the needy, so by registering themselves with BISP they can benefit from other welfare initiatives as well.

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