BISP registers 2.8 mln households in ongoing NSER survey

ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has registered 2,875,990 households so far under its ongoing National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) survey pilot project which is likely to be completed by the month of November this year.

According to the data provided by BISP officials, the survey has registered so far 3,474 (continues) households in Bahawalpur, 229,472 in Chakwal, 1,098,145 in Faisalabad and 290,905 in Layyah in Punjab province.

The survey has registered 71,163 households in Kech, 29,803 in Killa Saifullah and 10,280 in Naseerabad in Balochistan province while in Sindh province, 214,384 households were registered so far in Jacobabad, 345,436 in Sajawal and Thatta and 85,290 in Sukkur.

As many as 266,853 households were registered in Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 147,268 in Lakki Marwat while in FATA, 83,517 households were registered in Mohmand Agency, the data revealed.

The NSER was launched as a pilot phase which included Desk Based survey in four districts and a Door-to-Door survey in nine districts all across the country and one agency in FATA. The pilot project of NSER will be followed by a national roll out.

BISP will use the data acquired through NSER for provision of BISP benefits, including but not limited to, cash transfers, conditional and unconditional to eligible beneficiaries.

The NSER through a new survey will prove as a cornerstone for the future policy making of the country.

The initiative of first ever dynamic NSER was launched through a systematic approach for mapping and route planning of the survey teams to ensure 100% coverage of the households, catering to the changing socio-economic conditions of the population which the previous survey was unable to do.

The registration application has in-built checks and controls capable of identifying errors. Bluetooth based synchronization of the enumerators and supervisors, is a quality control feature that will ensure error free registration.

Computer based enlisting with the help of Google maps is also being utilized to ensure complete coverage of the population,.

The performance and coverage quality of survey teams is monitored from headquarter through a Visual Monitoring Coverage Assurance (VMCA) system.

The addition of new questions in questionnaire related to rural and urban distribution, agro climatic zones, transgender, chronic diseases, mental disabilities, access to justice, vocational training would serve as catalyst to enhance the quality of data.