Latest News / Islamabad – Turkish President Abdullah Gul assured to continue Turkey’s contribution to Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and said that the international support for BISP transparency of the Programme, on Monday APP reported.
“International support that BISP is receiving from top financial institutions and world donors is reflective of the transparency of BISP”, said President Gul during a meeting with Federal Minister and Chairperson BISP, Farzana Raja who called on him at the presidential palace in Ankara.
According to a Press statement received here, the Chairperson BISP handed over a special letter of the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.
Farzana Raja was leading a high level delegation comprising Secretary BISP Sher Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Muhammad Haroon Shaukat and senior officials of BISP and Pakistan Embassy.
President Gul congratulated the Pakistani leadership on launching a programme like BISP and said it was a role model for the international community for poverty alleviation. He said that the BISP was the best tribute to the name and legacy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
Abdullah Gul also requested Farzana Raja to convey his warm greetings to President Asif Ali Zardari.
Farzana Raja said Pakistan was facing many challenges including poverty and terrorism and these two were interlinked. The best way of tacckling them was to introduce a social safety measure in the shape of Benazir Income Support Programme, she said.
The Chairperson spoke in detail on BISP. She said that under the Programme, over 5 million families were being provided cash grant and this would rise to 7 million with the completion of ongoing Poverty Survey. She also briefed the President of Turkey on the poverty survey, which is the first of its kind in South Asia.
These families in addition are being provided life and health insurance, microfinance and technical and vocational training.
“With the support of World Bank and DFID, BISP would soon launch a conditional cash transfer to help poorer families to send their children to school,” said Farzana Raja.