QUETTA - Speaker at a consultative workshop said all state-run social protection programmes, including Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) should be operated through one-window operation and managed by single authority for resolving public difficulties besides enhancing the institutional capacities to provide relief to the needy and deserved in more efficient manner. The workshop titled Issues and Challenges in Benazir Income Support Programme was jointly organised by Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) and Oxfam on here at a local hotel here on Monday. People from different educational institutions, NGOs and media participated in workshop. Balochistan Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd chaired the workshop while Womens Development Minister Ghazala Gola, finance secretary, BISP provincial DG Sohial Qadeer Siddqui, Rural Support Programme Nadir Gul, Jamal Shoro and Siddiq Baloch, a local journalist spoke on the occasion. Balochistan Finance Minister Mir Asim Gaillu, while appreciating the programme said that, he had asked the PM that he should fulfil his promise to provide more jobs to the people of Balochistan in federal departments and of provincials. I have demanded the prime minister that 25,000 jobs should be provided to people of Balochistan to remove sense of deprivation and poverty from the masses he added. He said in fifty years different governments neglected the Balochistan and its people in development process. He claimed that the provincial government under the leadership of Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani had the credit of the NFC Award in which other criteria than population were included and Balochistans longstanding demand for change of formula for resources distribution among province was accepted. The provincial government is committed to reducing poverty, unemployment and boost the local economy through its measures in agriculture and livestock sectors besides making biggest allocations for education and healthcare said the finance minister. Ghazala dispelled the impression that it was only for the PPP rather it was for the masses. She said the people from every party, including opposition and the people living in the remote areas were getting benefit from the programme. She said the poor segments from Balochistan were facing difficulties in obtaining the BISP forms and filling them. She agreed that the mechanism of form distribution should be made easy for facility of the poor. Balochistan Finance Secretary Dostain Jamaldini said that it was observed that in these types of poverty reduction programmes, the ratio of success was very low and suggested that federal government should allocate more funds for provincial government that would be more beneficial for eradicating poverty from the province. He said as compare to other provinces, Balochistan was lucky to have approximately 1.2-1.5 schoolchildren of total 6.5 million of population and the provincial government had time of at least five years to initiate plans for accommodate them in productive sectors. BISP Balochistan Director General Sohial Qadeer Siddqui explained the process of issuance of programmes forms, filling it up and submission as well as the survey and verifications of them. He admitted that post office, Nadra staff and even police had been found guilty of their involvement in corrupt practices depriving the needy and deserved of their economic support. He informed the participants that a number of cases were referred to NAB against such corrupt officials and asked the people to make contact the BISP official through toll free calls, websites and email or letters about any difficulty they face or making enquiries about their payments. The other participants said the BISP should be continued after expiry of sitting government and such social safety programmes should not be stopped by future government emphasising that such type of programs were paving the way for sustainable livelihood of poorest people of country. They stressed upon strong coordination among the relevant departments and between the federal and provincial departments to redress the issues facing by BISP beneficiaries in Balochistan. They added that some components of BISP-like poverty scorecard need further improvement to provide relief to people who were living in extreme poverty in Balochistan.