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ISLAMABAD: Appreciating the just and apolitical approach followed by ‘Ehsas’ Programme and  BISP in executing their programmes, President Dr. Arif Alvi on Wednesday said  that provision of social security net to the economically distressed and  unprivileged strata of society was the primary responsibility of the State.

The President said this while chairing a briefing on Ehsas Programme and  BISP during his visit to BISP Headquarter. Special Assistant to the Prime  Minister/Chairperson BISP Dr. Sania Nishtar and senior officials were present  on the occasion.

The President emphasized the need for effective coordination with the  private organizations working in the area of social welfare to broaden  the outreach of these programmes.

Appreciating the work of National Socio-economic Registry for keeping  latest database, he said that collection and digitalization of data was of  paramount significance for the success and effective implementation of  these programs.

He underscored the need for using modern technology like smart phone applications and mobile wallets to ensure transparency in the payment  process.

He added Waseela-e-Taleem program needed further vigor to improve  girl enrollment in schools.

Speaking on the BISP’s programme on nutrition, the President said that  public awareness campaigns through various medium must be launched  to address the issues of malnutrition and stunting.

The President further appreciated the BISP graduation program and  hoped that it would transform the recipients into income-earning individual  through skill development that would eventually lift them out of poverty.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2019