by: Nuaman Ishfaq Mughal
Islamabad: Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Shazia Marri said 21 billion rupees have been allocated in the annual budget 2022-23 to establish Nashonuma Centers to address the issue of malnutrition amongst the children in the country. She also said that five hundred thousand more people from Balochistan will be included in the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) which would help cover sixty-five to seventy percent of the population of the province.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, she said that the problems of the current government were inherited from the previous government of Imran Khan, who imposed the punishment of inflation by increasing the value of a dollar.
Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Shazia Marri further said that 364 billion rupees had been allocated for Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) increasing it to 45.6 percent as compared to last year.
She further added that the ten thousand additional scholarships would be given this year under the Ehsaas scholarships to the deserving students. “Children whose parents have income amounting 40,000 rupees or less per month are getting this scholarship, but we have proposed that the income slab for this scholarship should be increased to 80,000 rupees keeping in view the inflation and economic woes,” he said.
The Minister also hinted at the preparation of the dynamic registry of BISP, that would update data and information of BISP beneficiaries