Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will launch Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme (BESOS) on Friday that will benefit around 0.5 million workers of State Owned Enterprises and create in them a sense of ownership. The scheme, reflective of the vision of party leadership, aims at transferring 12 per cent GoP share holding along with a seat on the Board of the unit for the employees. The scheme will benefit around 500,000 employees of 86 entities including 16 listed, 33 unlisted public companies, 23 private companies and 14 entities established under Special Act and Ordinances. Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani in a policy statement on the last Independence day announced empowerment of the employees of SOEs by making them stakeholders in their respective units. President Zardari at a recent meeting to finalize the scheme said workers participation not only enhanced growth but also ensured protection and security of the assets as they had direct stakes in the viability and profitability of the entities in which they were also the shareholders. The President directed the Privatization Commission to take necessary measures to finalize the scheme so as to empower the employees of the State Owned Entities (SOEs) Program through Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme (BESOS). Initially the workers would be given 12 percent of the government shares in the entities that will be increased in future.