KARACHI: Bio-metric based payment system is to be introduced by Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) for the upcoming BISP cash grant tranche.

Director General of BISP Sindh, Mr Naeem Anwar, said that the system is introduced for the upcoming BISP Cash grant tranche of September 2016 in Mirpur Khas Division in order to increase the efficiency of providing financial assistance to beneficiaries.

“Diverting the payment system to bio-metrics will eradicate the role of middleman. Many BISP beneficiaries were illiterate and were unable to operate ATMs, so some people were robbing them of their money by charging a fee from beneficiaries for this simple task,” he added.

The beneficiaries would be able to draw the amount by using their CNIC along with bio-metrics at particular OMNI or EASY PAISA SHOPS. Bio-metric system for withdrawing BISP grant would be introduced across the country after effective tests phase.

With the biometric verification system (BVS), the BISP management wishes to cleanse the process of providing funds to the eligible beneficiaries so that the transfer becomes transparent and the chances of corruption or illegal withdrawal of cash are minimized.