Mechanism for excluded BISP beneficiaries to be developed for lodging appeals

ISLAMABAD: The undeserving excluded beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) will be able to lodge their appeals for review through a mechanism being developed by the concerned authority.

According to an official source, around 830, 000 beneficiaries were excluded from the programme after extensive analysis of various databases by National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).

However, an appeal mechanism for such blocked beneficiaries is currently being prepared. Once approved by Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Board, the mechanism will be implemented and all such beneficiaries will be able to lodge their appeals for review.

The BISP beneficiary profiling exercise was conducted in coordination with NADRA as per policy decision taken by BISP Board as well as approved by the federal cabinet.

As a result of this exercise, around 830, 000 beneficiaries were exited from the programme on various defined parameters like if a beneficiary or her spouse traveled abroad, own vehicle registered, pay monthly PTCL bill of more than 1, 000, applied passports via executive centers, government employee, high income and employees of public sector companies or corporations etc.

The source also revealed that the beneficiaries of Ehsaas Kafaalat Programme (EKP) are identified or selected through scientific mode of National Socio Economic (NSER) survey based on Proxy Means Test (PMT) that determines the welfare status of the household on a scale between 0-100.

The PMT cut-off score for eligibility is decided on the basis of available fiscal space and all families falling under the approved PMT cut-off score are being provided cash assistance under EKP.

The door to door NSER survey, 2019-¬21 is currently ongoing which is expected to be completed by June, 2021. Ehsaas Registration desks are also being established at district level for those persons who are either missed during door to door survey or want to update the particulars already provided in survey exercise. Majority of the beneficiaries of EKP were identified/selected through NSER Survey carried out in 2010-11, and the remaining beneficiaries have been identified/selected through ongoing NSER survey.

As the demographic and socio economic status as well as the composition of households change with time, some of the beneficiaries who are eligible under NSER survey, 2010-11 will not be declared eligible under ongoing NSER survey, as they would have become relatively better-off.