Jan 18, 2020, The Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar has announced that under the Upcoming Kifalat Program, the quarterly stipend under the BISP is being increased from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000. She stated this while talking to a large number of women beneficiaries of BISP at a Khuli Kachehri (open court) in Malir, Karachi. Dr. Nishtar said that the stipend was being increased as per the vision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan that the government should benefit the deserving people in the country. Furthermore, she said under the upcoming Ehsaas Kifalat programme, the increased sum of stipend would be dispensed as monthly instalments and every beneficiary would get Rs 2,000 in the first week of each month. Dr. Nishtar elaborated that every woman beneficiary of the programme would have a bank account as special arrangements have been made for evolving this banking system. She continued that women beneficiaries would be able to draw the BISP stipend while using an ATM card. The project is an income support initiative of the federal government under the Ehsaas framework.