BISP LAUNCHES REPORTS ON “POPULATION OF PAKISTAN:
AN ANALYSIS OF NSER”
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: Economic growth, equitable wealth distribution
and competitive societies are pivotal in eliminating poverty. We
have made commendable progress towards achieving macroeconomic
stability and results of incumbent government’s policies are
clearly evident as Pakistan is being referred as emerging market
for foreign investment. This was stated by Federal Minister for
Planning, Development and Reform, Prof Ahsan Iqbal while addressing
as chief guest at the launch of series of research studies titled
“Population of Pakistan: An analysis of NSER 2010-2011” .
These research studies were conducted by Pakistan Institute of
Development Economics (PIDE), in collaboration with UNICEF, on
National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) 2010-2011 of BISP. These
reports highlight six themes at national and regional levels with
comparative analysis; population dynamics, poverty profile, child
education, youth and employment participation, disabled population
and housing conditions that would further help to design
appropriate policies not only at BISP level but at national level
The event was attended by academicians, diplomats, representatives
of national and international organizations, development partners,
civil society, media and government officials.
In her welcome note, Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA
Marvi Memon said that social safety net programs must be backed by
scientific research for accurate targeting and effective
implementation. These studies would not only help to gauge the
impact of BISP on beneficiaries but would assist to improve
program’s outreach, efficiency and transparency.
Highlighting the findings of research studies, Chairperson BISP
said that around 12.3 million children of primary school age are
out of school. BISP has succeeded in bringing 1.3 million children
to school and 2 billion rupees have been disbursed as stipend in
2015-16 under WeT initiative. Pakistan is a young country with half
the population aged less than 20 years. This demographic dividend
needs to be reaped through effective policy reforms as unemployment
rate is higher among youth and more than two-third of youth is
self-employed. She further added that the prevalence of disability
has reduced from 2.5% in 1998 to 1.7% in 2010. More than 73%
population is facing crowding problems and around 38% are residing
in one room housing. As poverty has a direct correlation with these
indicators, they need to be taken into account while policy making.
Prof Ahsan Iqbal reiterated that Vision 2025 is uniquely designed
to transform Pakistan into socially and economically stable
country. The 10 year plan adopts a multi-pillared approach aimed at
rectifying or improving some of Pakistan’s most deficient areas.
The plan sets the direction for investing in people by developing
human and social capital and achieving sustainable and inclusive
The Federal Minister acknowledged BISP as the custodian of NSER,
that is a unique data bank and a source for evidence based studies
and effective policy making. He further appreciated the role of
BISP as the national social safety net. He added that disbursement
of 412 billion Rs till June 2016, enrollment of 1.3 million
children in schools and BISP E-commerce is investment in human
capital development. This investment would not only reform Pakistan
but would contribute towards attainment of sustainable development
goals (SDGs) as well.
On the occasion, Ahsan Iqbal also proposed to conduct a survey on
widows, orphans and disabled persons having an income below certain
level so that they can be brought under state social welfare
Secretary BISP Saleem Ahmed Ranjha thanked the PIDE research team
and stated that these reports are welcome addition in literature
and would assist government to develop and implement evidence based
targeted policies. During the event, Country Director UNICEF, Ms.
Angela Kearney, Vice Chancellor PIDE, Dr. Asad Zaman and Dr.
Dur-e-Nayab also addressed the audience.