Government on Saturday initiated an action against officials, who benefited from the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), and fired four grade-17 officers in connection with the scam.

Officers, who exploited the BISP by enrolling their wives as beneficiaries, have been dismissed from service on the charges of corruption and misconduct while Rs440,196 were also recovered as a part of the anti-corruption drive.

It is pertinent to mention here that among those exploited the rights of poor included BISP Assistant Directors Muhammad Nouman Zaheem, Shafi Ullah, Syed Fazle Amin and Sabeel Khan.

According to the report overall 2543 government officials of Grade-17 to Grade-21 were receiving the BISP tri-monthly handouts, meant for the poor segments of the society. Some officers were receiving money in the name of their wives and other members of families, which were registered in the list of the people entitled for income support.