Waseela-e-Rozgar beneficiaries to get jobs

ISLAMABAD – Thousands of beneficiaries and dependents of Waseela-e-Rozgar (WeR) initiative would get jobs in two months, to earn respectable living for their families and utilize their capabilities to contribute in national development.

"We have approached chambers of commerce of different cities to generate employment opportunities for its beneficiaries and their dependents within two months", said Enver Baig, chairman of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).

The jobs would be announced for the dependents of WeR beneficiaries up to the age of 45 for both males and females depending on the requirement of the industry, he said on Wednesday. WeR has already singed memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with the Pizza Hut, Sarhad Chamber of Commerce, Site Association Karachi, Korangi Association Karachi and Daewoo bus service, he apprised.

The chairman said that negotiations were going on with the Multan Chamber of Commerce, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce for signing MoU and exploring more income generation avenues for WeR beneficiaries.

"It is encouraging that chamber of commerce of different cities gave a welcoming response to the initiative of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the economic empowerment of the poorest of the poor and extended their cooperation in this regard," he stated. Employment opportunities cannot be generated without the coordination of the chambers of commerce so they have contacted them which do not agree to absorb dependents of WeR beneficiaries in different industries but also offered 4-6 months free training for them.

He informed that around 70 percent dues of WeR have been cleared as so far, as Rs 799 million have been paid to the service providers and only 368 million rupees are pending. The remaining amount will be given till the end of first quarter of the fiscal year 2014-15, he said adding, BISP is exercising utmost vigilance and care in clearing the last tranche to the service providers as it wants to ensure maximum transparency and proper utilization of public funds.

Initially, there was a target of imparting vocational training to 70,000 beneficiaries under WeR and till now 57,817 beneficiaries have been provided training under the programme. According to the decision of the management board, BISP has initiated a tracer study to evaluate the performance of training provider which included verification of the institute, attendance of trainees and quality of training etc, to validate the trainings imparted to beneficiaries, added a news release of BISP.

The tracer study, once completed, would be helpful in processing the claims of the service providers. BISP management is doing its best efforts to finalize the payment but it cannot violate the instructions of the management board.

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