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Gilani swears to give good days to poor

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has reiterated government’s commitment to institutionalise and extend social security package for the poor and vulnerable segment of the society despite economic difficulties vowing the government would never neglect the downtrodden.
The Prime Minister was talking to Farzana Raja, Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) who called him at the Prime Minister’s House here on Friday.
The Prime Minister congratulated the people and the Chairperson of the BISP on the launch of “life insurance scheme” in collaboration with State Life Insurance Corporation, for the registered beneficiaries.
This scheme, he said, would undoubtedly give a sense of economic security to the destitute and deprived sections of population particularly in the far flung areas of the country.
The Prime Minister also appreciated the proposed Benazir Mobile Banking System being introduced by the BISP for the poor beneficiaries. This system, he said, would not only facilitate the beneficiaries but ensure complete transparency in the disbursement of cash grant. The system initially being introduced in Larkana, Batgram, Layyah and Musakhel, he added, should soon be expanded to other areas as well.
The Prime Minister directed the Chairperson BISP to expedite the health insurance scheme for the poor and complete the same for launching till the end of current financial year.
He also ordered that the poverty survey through out the country should also be completed preferably till the end of June 2011.
Earlier Farzana Raja,  briefed the Prime Minister on the Benazir Insurance Scheme and Benazir Mobile Banking System being introduced shortly.
The Insurance Scheme, she mentioned, would be launched on the 1st of January 2011 and the Mobile Banking System soon after.
The Scheme, she said, would initially cover one million registered beneficiaries which would reach five million till June 2011.
She thanked the Prime Minister for his continuously guidance and support for various initiatives under the Benazir Income Support Programme.-NNI


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