Sania assures transparency, commitment in poverty alleviation projects
Education conditional cash transfer network would be expanded under Ehsaas Programme
The 33rd board meeting of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) BISP held at headquarters here Sunday discussed in detail the agenda items including Budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 and recommendations of various committees of the board.
The recommendations included concept note on “Tahafuz Program”, expansion of Waseela-e-Taleem Program, proposal on enhancement of girl’s stipend, integrated data and Information Management database for social protection and setting up of policy and research unit.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Chairperson of the BISP, Dr Sania Nishtar chaired the meeting.
The meeting was attended by other Board members namely, Mr. Ali Raza Bhutta, Secretary BISP, Mr. Qazi Azmat Isa, Ms Khawar Mumtaz, Mr. Atif Bajwa, Mr. Zafar A Khan and representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs Division, NADRA and the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination. This was the 4th board meeting in a period of eight months since the new chair of the board has been appointed.
During the meeting, Chairperson assured her commitment for transparency, accountability and merit for bringing improvements in the Programme. She said that BISP Board and Management have taken proactive action for devising systems to transform BISP into a rule and merit based efficient organization.
“We have empowered board sub-committees and facilitated their convening so that agendas are well prepared and are brought to the board after thorough discussion in board sub-committees”, Sania Nishtar explained.
“The board is fully engaged in exercising oversight and decision making as envisaged in the law” she said. The Board also instructed the management to fast track the process of appointing external auditors to conduct the financial audit for the year 2018/19.
Sania Nishtar appraised the Board about the recently held meeting of the Risk Assurance Committee of the Board and elaborated on the “Risk Register” Mechanism introduced in BISP.
“There will be a special meeting of the board to review the risk mitigating mechanisms and safeguards against error fraud and corruption shortly” she said. She further explained that BISP will be one of the first agencies in government to have a systematic and modern mechanism to identify and address risks. This, she said, is a significant step towards proactive modernization of public sector organizations
Dr. Sania Nishter informed the Board that in her capacity of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, she has issued detailed governance related instructions to build systems and improve transparency and accountability in all organizations coming under the new Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division.
His instructions encompass the practices developed in the private sector and in modern public management. She expressed her hope to transform these organizations into highly efficient units delivering on the vision of the government.