Pakistan’s PM to aid women in poverty by launching digital payment system

World Faizah Kamal 27-Jan-2020
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
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Pakistan’s Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar, said on January 27 that Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the ‘Kafalat’ programme, under which Rs. 2000 per month stipend will be paid to registered women through a digital payment system based on transparent mechanism.

Addressing a press-conference after inaugurating the biometric system for the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP)’s beneficiaries at Bank Al-Falah, Nishtar announced that the prime minister will inaugurate the ambitious ‘Kafalat’ programme on January 31 for the socio-economic empowerment of poor women.

Nishtar said the procurement process of this system was completed over last 10 months after a lot of hard work, adding that the stipend to beneficiaries will be provided through branches of Habib Bank and Bank Al-Falah.

She mentioned that the beneficiaries will be given payment through ATMs under a transparent mechanism and that the number of such points was being increased so that the beneficiaries can collect their stipend amount in a dignified way.

Nishtar said that this programme will be launched in a phase manner, adding that the first phase of the programme is being launched in the districts of Lakki Marwat, Haripur, Charsadda and Mohmand. She said that all provinces, including merged areas, will be focused on.

The prime minister is earnestly desiring to improve the socio-economic level of the downtrodden segment of the society, by starting the multi-dimensional ‘Ehsaas’ programme, Nishtar expressed.

She said that the poverty ratio in merged areas was comparatively higher than in provinces and that a comprehensive poverty survey would be launched soon.

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