Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection and Chairperson BISP, Dr. Sania Nishtar has announced that government has increased the quarterly cash grant for 4.3million beneficiaries of Ehsaas Kifalat Programme of BISP from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 5,500. This increase would mean that the Government will provide Rs. 8.6 billion more for cash transfers to the poorest of the poor. This pro-poor decision was taken in cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister on Tuesday, she said. She further added that BISP has now 4.27 million active beneficiaries after delisting 0.82 million undeserving beneficiaries. Dr. Nishtar said that the increased stipend will be given to only the deserving beneficiaries from the 2nd quarter of the 2019-20 i.e. October – December 2019 quarterly cash grant.