A spokesperson for the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) claimed on Tuesday that the initiative may continue in the forthcoming democratic government, but will be called Pakistan Income Support.
Quoting Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal, the spokesperson claimed that the PML-N government would continue with BISP and intends to make it more targeted to benefit vulnerable segments of the society.
BISP was created by the previous coalition government after the act was unanimously passed in both houses. The objective was to provide financial assistance as well as social protection, and a safety net to economically distressed individuals and families.
The programme was initiated in the context of hyper food inflation which pushed many people in Pakistan below the poverty line.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2013.
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