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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Sania Nishtar here on Monday said Prime Minister Imran Khan would launch "Kafalat Programme" on January 31, under which Rs 2000 per month stipend would be paid to registered women through a digital payment system based on transparent mechanism.

Addressing at a press conference after inaugurating biometric system for Benazir Income Support Programme's beneficiaries at Bank Al-Falah, Dr Sania Nishtar announced that the PM would inaugurate the ambitious Kafalat Programme on January 31 for socio-economic empowerment of the poor women.

She said the stipend to beneficiaries would be provided through branches of the Habib Bank and Bank Al-Falah.

She said beneficiaries would be given payment through ATMs under a transparent mechanism and number of such points was being increased so that they could get stipend amount in a dignified way.

Dr Sania said this programme would be launched in phase manner, adding in the first phase Kafalat Programme is being launched in Lakki Marwat, Haripur, Charsadda and Mohmand districts. She said focus would be made on all provinces including merged areas.

Dr Sania Nishtar said names of 820,165 undeserving beneficiaries were removed from the list of BISP. Dr Sania said four officers of BISP were dismissed and two were issued show-cause notices.

She further said "Langar Khana" was being established at general bus stand in Peshawar after provision of land for it by the government to facilitate poor people and passengers.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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