ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) data has revealed that out of over 800,000 beneficiaries removed from the programme, more than 140,000 were those who or their spouses were government employees.
The federal cabinet had on Tuesday given approval to the removal of 820,165 beneficiaries from the BISP database, describing them as “undeserving”.
Meanwhile, Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, daughter of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, criticised the government for depriving poor women of monthly stipend. “Almost 1 million beneficiaries of the only social safety net for women are cut off for meeting just one of the ridiculous criteria.
“Shameful that the idea of further suppressing and taking away the independence of a woman came from a woman. Cut off from monthly stipend because of her husband’s phone bill,” she said in a tweet.
Almost 1m beneficiares of the ONLY social safety net 4 women are cut off 4 meeting just ONE of the ridic criteria. Shameful that the idea of further suppressing & taking away independence of a woman came from a woman. Cut off from monthly stipend cuz of her HUSBANDs phone bill?! https://t.co/asDgY06WnG
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) December 25, 2019