Islamabad: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan (SLIC) aiming to provide health insurance facility to all its registered beneficiary families across Pakistan. The MoU was signed by Ms. Farzana Raja, Chairperson BISP and Shahid Aziz Siddiqui, Chairman State Life Insurance Corporation while other high level officials were also present on the occasion.
It was mutually decided that a pilot project of the health insurance for beneficiary families of BISP will be launched soon and initially, four districts of Pakistan i.e. Faisalabad, Badin, Nowshera and Quetta will be covered. Moreover, Muzaffarabad, AJK will also be included in the pilot phase. Under the scheme, 2 lakh registered families (approx 1.2 million individuals) of these districts would be entitled to an annual coverage of health insurance equal to Rs. 25, 000.
Ms. Farzana Raja, Chairperson BISP, on the occasion said that this is another giant leap taken by BISP to serve the poor masses as health related problems have always been major concern of poor and downtrodden segments of society. She said that health insurance will help beneficiary families recover from emergency health hazards and bear economic shocks rising thereof. Chairperson BISP said that credit for this landmark step goes to the government of Pakistan People’s Party and political leadership of the country and it is a reflection of the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as the service of poor people of the country was her prime mission.
Shahid Aziz Siddiqui, Chairman State Life Insurance appreciated the efforts of BISP and said that health insurance would indeed be an instrumental step to benefit deserving poor families. He said that State Life Insurance Corporation would extend its full cooperation to BISP to make this noble task a complete success and beneficial for the beneficiary families of BISP.
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