The Government of Pakistan, in collaboration with Utility Stores Corporation (USC), has launched an important program under the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). With this measure, it is intended to reduce the burden on families with low incomes by providing basic necessities at greatly reduced prices.

It was announced by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in August 2023. It gives subsidies on wheat flour, ghee, sugar, beans and rice to deserving families. Its management is the responsibility of the BISP and the USC. This program is available in more than 4000 utility stores in Pakistan.

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What is the recommended PMT score to get a subsidy from utility stores?

Only people who suffer from poverty and do not have enough income to feed their families will benefit from this program. The recommended PMT score is 40 or lower. If you have a PMT score according to this criteria, you can get your allowance from a number of utility shops.

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How to check your BISP PMT score in 2024?

To check your BISP PMT score online, follow these simple steps:

  • Visit the USC official website
  • Click Tab.
  • Apply for a 13-digit CNIC number (no overlap).
  • Click the Search button.
  • Your BISP PMT score will appear.
  • If your PMT score is 40 or below, you are eligible. Those who currently have a higher score are not eligible.

In addition to grants, the BISP-USC partnership may also:

  • Distribution through the USC store network.
  • Get clean, healthy and hygienic food from USC.
  • Option to buy food without subsidy during your visit.
  • Improve the nutrition of families with limited resources.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for USC store discounts, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Only families enrolled in the Benazir Income Support Program are eligible to apply. If you have not registered yet, please visit your nearest BISP Tehsil office to register.
  • To receive Invoice Store subsidies, your poverty score must be 40 or below. The Proxy Means Test (PMT) score is calculated by BISP based on your family's income, expenses and assets.
  • To enroll in the program, you must have a valid DNI (CNIC).
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conclusion

BISP retail subsidy provides significant relief against inflation. Poor families can save money and buy quality food by reducing the prices of kitchen utensils. To receive the discount, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and the PMT Score will be in accordance with the limits set by the Government of Pakistan and purchase at USC stores throughout the country. The plan reflects the government's commitment to the development of disadvantaged communities in Pakistan.

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