ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has decided to include transgenders in the Benazir Kafalat programme for the first time.
This decision was made by the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) board under the leadership of Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety and BISP Chairperson Shazia Marri.
“Transgenders are also a part of the society like us and it is the duty of the government to take care of them,” Shazia Marri said in a video message on Saturday.
She said that transgenders had to first update their gender in the CNIC from NADRA in order to be eligible for this program. She said transgenders after updating their CNIC from NADRA can register themselves in BISP Tehsil offices.
On successful registration, the applicant transgender will get a payment message from 8171 number and will get Rs. 7000 per quarter, she added.
#Watch: A groundbreaking announcement by Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program regarding inclusion of transgender Pakistanis to the BISP beneficiaries.
During the meeting, the board members urged NADRA to simplify a system for updating CNICs of the transgender community.
Marri termed it a landmark achievement of the present government and urged the members of the Board of Directors to mobilise the marginalised community so that the maximum number of transgender persons could benefit from the policy.
BISP Board includes transgenders in ‘Benazir Kafalat Programme’
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