Report: BISP proving successful, reforms removing corruption

  • A new report states that government has turned BISP into a success story - In Pakistan, welfare scheme shows signs of success.

    The program is something of a success story for a government widely seen as corrupt and inefficient, as well as for international donors that help implement and fund it. But the very need for the scheme highlights the poverty stalking a country whose stability is seen as key to the fight against extremism.

    Before you reject this report stop and think that maybe this is a good development. The researchers found that reforms have made corruption very low.

    The scheme has undergone several changes since it began in 2008.

    Initially, local parliamentarians chose the beneficiaries and the money was distributed through the postal system.

    Amid concerns that both systems had potential for abuse, the government surveyed 27 million households nationwide two years ago using a ”poverty score card” to establish who qualified for the help.

    Workers carried out detailed questionnaires on family size, salary and assets. They noted GPS coordinates of each household and whether the occupants had toilets, televisions or geysers to heat water. The data was then entered into a national computerized system.

    Beneficiaries are now being given debit cards, replacing the postal workers.

    Always we are demanding that government reform programs to remove corruption and here is an example where government did exactly this and it is working. Therefore it can be a model for other programmes so that corruption can be eliminated and funds properly used to uplift the poor.