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Over Rs3.8bn corruption exposed in BISP

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Islamabad: A claim has been made by the Federal Investigation Agency that corruption of over Rs 3.8 billion is exposed in the Benazir Income Support Programme which was established by PPP government in 2008 to support the poor of the country.

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At least 20 such cases including wastage of money, award of controversial contracts, irregular purchase of vehicles, over payments, irregular procurements, illegal appointment, etc have been detected in the light of the initial reports provided the officials.

According to the concerning program, primarily Rs 1,000 per month was allocated for a poor family that was later increased, however to Rs 12,000.

In the light of the initial reports, the biggest misappropriation of funds was made in the guise of flood relief and an amount of Rs2.345 billion was granted to the people unaffected by floods.

Rs 817.016 million was given to the National Database and Registration Authority for data entry and verification and for a media campaign on poverty survey public awareness without obtaining prior review and a no-objection letter and vetting of contracts from the World Bank.

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Another case which involves about Rs 27.9 million is about the award of work for a survey to a firm of chartered accountants.

The management is also accused of making an irregular payment of Rs 104 million as monthly operational charges for utilizing of Nadra’s mobile vehicles for CNIC registration of beneficiaries.

The report also includes that the 80 percent advance payment of Rs 1236.35 million for a poverty scorecard survey in Balochistan, is considered as violation of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority rules. The document asserts that the total cost of the project was Rs 156m.

Moreover, the BISP is charged of having political benefits in the guise of this scheme as Rs 9,000 instead of Rs 1000 had been paid to a single person in Larkana during the third anniversary of Benazir Bhutto. The allegation of having transferred Rs 381,000 to personal accounts of provincial directors general and Rs 9m to the director general, Balochistan, following Waseela-i-Haq on verbal orders of the BISP secretary.

Irregularities have been found in appointments in the BISP, illegal appointment of officials on deputation in BISP and unofficial allowances like house rent and conveyance received by the employees.

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