Ensuring transparency: ‘Payments to be made after filtering discrepancies’

BISP secretary says tracer study under way to verify names of trainees, institutes.

News Desk July 22, 2014

Payments of the Waseela-e-Rozgar service and training providers of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) will be made only after finalisation of a ‘tracer study’ which is under way to filter bogus names and other discrepancies.

This was stated by BISP Secretary Shabbir Ahmed during a meeting with representatives of the service providers and training institutes, stated a press release issued on Monday.

He said BISP was exercising the utmost vigilance in clearing the last tranche to the service providers as it wanted to ensure maximum transparency and proper utilisation of public funds.

He said the tracer study was expected to be completed by September 30.

During the meeting, the training providers were apprised of the BISP management board’s decision regarding the study and the service providers agreed to wait until the study was complete.

The BISP secretary told them the management was working on making payments to those service providers and training institutes in the nine districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa  where the study had been completed.

He said the programme will soon hold a meeting with the service providers and training institutes of the province to share the study’s results.

The Waseela-e-Rozgar programme was launched in September 2011 and vocational training under it started in February 2012. So far, the BISP management has released Rs1.800 billion for the programme of which Rs799 million was paid to the service providers.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.


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