Islamabad: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is an unprecedented initiative designed to curb poverty and its performing moral task of improving the lives of poor segments of society. These were the thoughts expressed by high level Chinese delegation during a meeting with Madame Farzana Raja, Chairperson BISP Thursday.
The delegation, led by Mr. Chen Jianguo, Vice Chairman of Committee for Interior and Legal Affairs, visited BISP Secretariat. Mr. Jianguo on the occasion said that the poverty is a common issue of developing countries and such countries including China can benefit from the experiences of BISP in this regard. He lauded the Health Insurance Initiative of BISP and said that a similar programme has been initiated in China as well.
Earlier, Chairperson BISP, Madame Farzana Raja briefed the members of delegation about the working of BISP. She informed the delegation that as a result of data collected by nationwide poverty survey, more than 6 million beneficiary families are now benefiting from various initiatives of BISP.
Madame Farzana Raja said that the transparency is the ultimate standard of BISP in all its operations. She informed the delegation that besides monthly cash grant, BISP has introduced Waseela-e-Haq, Waseela-e-Rozgar and life insurance schemes which are contributing significantly in the cause of poverty alleviation.
She added further that health insurance scheme also being launched in this month whereas BISP is all set to start pilot phase of its Waseela e Taleem initiative under which it is envisaged to provide education facilities to almost 3 million non-school going children from the beneficiary families.
Chairperson BISP said that Paki-China friendship is extended over generations and they would continue cooperation regarding poverty alleviation as well as other endeavours in the social sector.
She thanked the government and people of the People’s Republic of China and informed the delegation that first batch of underprivileged youth has recently completed its vocational training in collaboration with China Foundation for Peace and development (CFPD). She also informed that various projects are under consideration with the collaboration of China Cultural Heritage Foundation.
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