Malpractices in ‘Benazir Income Support Program’
20 Oct, 2018
This country wide program was introduced after the sad demise of Benazir Bhutto as a brain child of her husband and was intended to provide income support to poor families- widows, orphans, cripples and other very low income sections of the society. But how they were to be identified was quite a tricky question and it was initiated without proper planning and untrained as well as un employed youth were selected to carry out the said survey and then assigned areas where they asked certain questions at random and distributed Forms and thus collected haphazardly a fixed number of families based on production of NCNIC. This was easier for the more crafty elements under direction of the then MNAs. After submission of those Forms, the Funds were released and began to come to the Bank Accounts that had been shown or Banks accounts were made compulsory which was also a problem for those who had not so far got CNICs so they could not open Bank Acounts or did it after many visits to NADRA offices.
That was about ten years ago. When all the system became known to general public they were amazed that most of this income had been snatched away by the well- to- do families who were not at all deserving but it was then like crying over spilt milk, widows and orphans wept for months and still weeping in certain cases due to deprivation of that windfall. Injustice had been perpetrated and it was enormous.
In the last 10 years the position has changed :-
The orphans are now grown up and earn money in various ways, many earn enough to feed their families. Many of them run their businesses.
Many have got govt. jobs and no more deserve this support.
Many widows have died and don’t need it.
Many have remarried and therefore, do not deserve it.
Many have gone over seas and bring enough money
The injustices are still in practice and people with many sources of income; and don’t deserve it at all. The time has come to restructure it based on a new enumeration of the deserving poor people based on latest data to be carried out thoroughly across the country and be scrutinized, reconsidered and all the defects be verified twice before selection of the really deserving deprived section of our society .. Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 20 Oct 2018