ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) has already paid over 23 billion rupees in flood-hit families in short span of time as part of the Flood Relief Cash Aid to alleviate suffering of flood affected population.
Proven to be the most efficient and reliable social protection intervening during the recent devastating floods, BISP is up to the challenge of pay cash relief of rupees 25,000 per family to flood affected families in devastated areas.
Exercise of payment of financial assistance in connection with the flood among flood-hit people was appointed to the BISP by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who carries out fast.
Under the direction of of Federal Minister of Poverty Alleviation and Social Security and BISP Chair, Shazia Marri, BISP out his operations in in flood affected areas as soon as possible and now flood relief activities are carried out in 69 districts by creating more over 400 payment sites.
From August 19 to September 11 (Sunday) 15:00 BISP paid total amount of Rs 23,063,125,000 has been paid out among 922,525 affected families under this program.
BUT total of The 112,301 affected families received Rs 2,807,525,000. in Balochistan; 548,979 families received Rs 13,724,475,000. in Sindh; 114,029 families received Rs 2,850,725,000. in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 147,216 families received Rs 3,680,400,000. in Punjab.
Azrabibi of Kambara, Swabi said: “My husband is a factory worker. I have seven children, four sons and three daughters. My house is made of mud so rain big problem and whenever it rains, water gets inside our house. Now mine house was destroyed because of the rain”
“I got a message from BISP to come and pick up flood relief money from their center. I borrowed a little money for drive to work and get to the BISP center where they checked my CNIC and got my biometric data. After all the permissions they gave me flood relief money of rupees 25,000. With this money we will fulfill our basic needs, since we do not have products in home. I thank the Benazir program with with all my heart; God bless her,” she said.
Razzak Mehmood, Deputy Director of BISP who oversees cash payment process at the flood relief camp set up in Government School for Boys, Townsa Sharif said the camp was set up on directions of BISP Chairman Shazia Murray will allocate Rs 25,000 to flood affected families.
He said that the payment process is in progress. on smoothly and the staff is vigilantly expanding everything possible support and a visitor’s guide.
Irfana, mother of two children visited the same camp for having received her payment, said: “My husband this is a piece rate worker. Recent flood fully destroyed our house and we have nothing to survive on.”
She thanked government and BISP for security cash help of 25,000 rupees through which she intends buy ration to feed her family.
Amina Bibi of Sukkur said, “My house is made of dirt and was destroyed due to flood like other houses in neighborhood. My husband suffering from illness. I thank BISP for providing the much needed 25,000 rubles. cash relief that I would spend on buying medicines of my husband and diet.”
All payment centers remain open on holiday for pay of payments to victims. Administration of BISP led concerned employees present at campsites to fully cooperate and contribute people in their respective regions.
Affected families can send their CNIC number to 8171. for Registration in Flood Relief program and after receiving the payment message, they can visit the nearest campsite to receive the payment. Control room has also was established at BISP Headquarters to ensure smooth payments.
this is also worth mention that federal minister Shazia Murray has announced what flood affected pregnant mothers and children will be covered by the Benazir Nashonuma program in cooperation with World Food Program (WFP).
For this purpose, additional amount of one allocated a billion rupees for in flood affected mothers and children apart from existing beneficiaries.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif also announced increase flood emergency assistance under BISP from existing Rs 28 billion to Rs 70 billion in view of gross damage of life, infrastructure and harvest in commemoration of flash floods.