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PRCS-BISP to facilitate each other

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) have signed an agreement to facilitate each other by sharing community-based services, information and capacity building in mutual areas of expertise for the larger well-being of the BISP beneficiaries.

A delegation led by Secretary General PRCS called on Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon at BISP headquarters today. She held, “BISP beneficiaries are really close to our hearts, and we want this new partnership to honor the commitment of service delivery to the poorest beneficiaries with complete zeal and zest.

“This agreement would definitely ensure the broader foundation to facilitate and help the BISP beneficiaries”, she said.

Secretary, BISP Omar Hamid Khan while welcoming the delegation briefed about other programmes initiated by BISP in the field of Social Protection and health facilities to the neglected segment of the society.

Secretary-General of PRCS, Ghulam Muhammad Awan extended his full support and commitment towards this noble cause.

He said, “we are glad to be a partner with BISP, having such a comprehensive database of beneficiaries, spread across Pakistan. Both the sides share their areas of mutual social contribution and agreed to work jointly in near future”.

Pieces published earlier: 

i) IMF in its report on Pakistan acknowledged that Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) had significantly reduced poverty in the country. Highlighting the challenges being faced by Pakistan vis-à-vis BISP IMF also suggested elimination of inequitable subsidy on electricity tariff  (i.e.: 0.6 percent of GDP in FY 2015-16)  in order to replace it with direct aid to the poor.   IMF noted that subsidies that had declined from three percent of GDP in 2011-12 to 0.8 percent in 2015-16 played an important role apropos social assistance in Pakistan. (17th of July, 2017) 

ii) Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan has announced here launching of School Safety Program, initiated by Red Crescent. Speaking on the occasion he expressed his concern over the threats to educational institutions and emphasized on the necessity of providing adequate security to them. Governor told that Red Crescent would conduct a survey at around 700 schools of the Metropolis to educate management regarding the safety measures. Expressing his views, the governor urged parents and school management to support the Red Crescent by generously donating money. (27th of March, 2016)

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.