Prime Minister Imran Khan directed concerned authorities to disclose the identities of the government officials who defrauded in the Benazir Income Support Programme as ‘beneficiaries’.
He expressed displeasure on the report submitted to him on BISP‘s forensic audit and ordered strict actions against the culprits whose names emerged in the list, adding that looting public money is an unforgivable crime.
— Business Recorder (@brecordernews) January 14, 2020
Last week, a list circulated on social media that showed the count of government officers of Grade 17 and above expelled from the beneficiary list of Benazir Income Support Program, spotted during the forensic audit of BISP beneficiaries.
Government officials from the Federal, provincial, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan bureaucracy were registered in the BISP. Either these government employees or their spouses were receiving money under the BISP program.
The list first surfaced online on Wednesday, 8th January in Fawad Chaudhry’s tweet. Social media users shamed these government officers for plundering money from social welfare project for the poorest segment in the society.
Government officers from Sindh recorded the highest number in the list followed by Balochistan, KPK, Punjab and Federal government.
Not only their names need to be made public but they need to return the funds & be prosecuted
RICH PEOPLE CHEATING THE POOR.
— Mir Mohammad Alikhan (@MirMAKOfficial) January 14, 2020
Earlier, nearly 800,000 people were expelled from the list as undeserving beneficiaries out of which 2543 beneficiaries are government employees. Dr. Sania Nishtar confirmed the list and informed that actions are being taken against these government officers.
Forensic Analysis of BISP list
Last month, the federal government initiated a thorough investigation into the list of beneficiaries of BISP leading to the exclusion of 800,000 registered members under the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) as ‘undeserving’ said Dr. Sania Nishtar.
The review of the beneficiaries held after cabinet members argued that the members of the opposition party Pakistan People’s Party were benefiting from the program while the PTI members were being ignored.
Dr. Sania Nishtar asserted that a detailed audit of the beneficiaries held with the National Database and Registration Authority on factors such as if the family of the beneficiary had any motorcycle or car & also people having more than 12 acres of land were deemed undeserving.
Deserving people will replace the expelled members, said Sania Nishtar. She shared data of the forensic analysis on her Twitter account and thanked the cabinet for supporting her decision to exclude the undeserving beneficiaries from the list. The exercise enhanced the transparency of the social welfare project.
— M Haroon (@MK_HaroonS) January 14, 2020
— fahad baloch (@fahd093) January 8, 2020
The forensic analysis assessed the data of spouse and beneficiary of the BISP, informed Dr. Nishtar in a press conference in the Islamabad on Thursday, 26th December.