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Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) smart card totally different from Watan card: Farzana Raja.

ISLAMABAD, October 10, 2010 (Frontier Star): Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Ms. Farzana Raja has said that it's imperative to distinguish Benazir Smart Card from 'Watan Card' as the later is only a mean to provide one -time financial assistance comprising Rs. 20, 000, to all flood victims from government of Pakistan. According to press release that Benazir Smart Card is a permanent instrument to deliver monthly cash assistance to poor families registered with BISP, in an effective and transparent manner. She said this while talking to media representatives here at BISP Secretariat. Farazana Raja said that the introduction of Benazir Smart Card would redress all issues pertain to delivery of regular cash grant to beneficiaries of BISP. She added further that these smarts card have already been given to beneficiary families in four districts of the country, Sanghar, Mirpur Khas, Multan and Mianwali as a pilot project. The experiment has been proven as a success there fore it's being extended to entire Pakistan after completion of ongoing countrywide poverty survey, she added. The Chairperson of BISP, in response to a query, said that Benazir Smart Card would be provided to beneficiary families in every district immediacy once the poverty survey would get completed in that particular district. She said that mixing Benazir Smart Card with 'Watan Card' may result as confusion among the BISP beneficiaries as well as flood victims. Hence, it's imperative to differentiate them for the purpose of clarity. Farzana Raja said that after completion of poverty survey in a district, the experimental launching of Mobile Phone Card would also be initiated immediately.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Oct 10, 2010
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