BISP Scorecard guarantees a Fair Selection of Poor Beneficiaries.

The Benazir Income Support Program is one of Pakistan’s greatest government initiatives to improve the lives of its poor inhabitants. Millions of rupees have been disbursed to the poor sector so that they can benefit from financial assistance.

BISP Scorecard for eligible people in 2024

The main purpose of this social development program is to sustain the lives of the poor by distributing the funds among eligible people, using a Scorecard (Proxy Means Test) to identify the poorest beneficiaries.

The use of the BISP Scorecard guarantees a fair selection of poor beneficiaries therefore it is one of the vital necessities for the 8171 ehsaas program management to use this wisely. 

BISP Scorecard to Eliminate Poverty

The BISP issues a regular distribution of 7 million rupees among the local households of the country who have registered in the Benazir Kafalat Program. When BISP originally began, legislators were requested to locate and recommend underprivileged households for the program. 

The Pakistani government then collaborated with aid donor agency consultants to create and implement a Poverty Scorecard (Proxy Means Test) to identify the poorest beneficiaries using a simple calculation based on their assets.

The study examines survey data from thousands of households, comparing how BISP was distributed when the Poverty Scorecard reform was implemented.

The main objective of the BISP scorecard

There are multiple reasons for implementing the BISP scorecard which are described below

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BISP scorecard main objectives

Restricted BISP Cash transfers to wealthier households

Improved targeting by reducing BISP transfers to wealthier households, such as those who have finished (pakka)houses or who are highly educated.

Eliminating political families’ favoritism

Another main prospect to improve targeting by reducing favoritism in politically connected families, as this is studied that the politically wining areas were receiving two to four times more aid from the Benazir program than the rival areas.

Therefore the arrival of new reform excludes this ideology in preference for the most powerful group – the politician’s caste/clan in his native village. Following the change, these households will no longer benefit from the BISP program. Favoritism was reduced across parties, for both powerful senior politicians and junior politicians.

Welfare increased by 15% by targeting poorer households

who gained more from the money, even after accounting for the administrative costs of the Poverty Scorecard survey (National Socio-Economic Registry).

Improved Public approval for the Social Security program by 40%.

BISP Rule-based system 

Before the BISP, various Pakistani governments launched new transfer programs, in part to address partiality in prior schemes. This resulted in patchy coverage, rendering social protection useless as a safety net. 

BISP was Pakistan’s first social protection program to use a wholly objective, rule-based system for selecting recipients.

Benefits from the BISP Poverty Scorecard

According to the well-known researcher and the study on the poor lifestyle, they have come to the point that investing in the Poverty Scorecard / National Socio-Economic Registry and committing to an objective targeting mechanism has resulted in BISP being pro-poor and resistant to political bias. 

The findings suggest that the government should build on BISP’s success by expanding the use of the NSER for identifying beneficiaries across programs via the Ehsaas initiative, as well as making this system available to provincial governments and other development partners to maximize the benefits of this investment.

BISP Payment of 8500 – Disbresment of cash in poor areas

The BISP Payment of the amount of Rs 8500 Cash is distributed in different regions of Pakistan to the Benefiecries so that they can fulfill the necessities of their life. 

This program has been working for many years and now it has spread its roots to almost different Parts of Pakistan to assist all the poor and eligible people.