Punjab government has announced a major social welfare program under which free of cost wheelchairs, hearing aids and sewing machines will be distributed among the poor and widows. Provincial Minister for Social Welfare & Baitul Mal (SW&BM) Syed Yawer Abbas Bukhari announced this program during a press conference held at 90-Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam here today. Special Assistant to Chief Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, provincial Ameen for Baitul Mal Malik Muhammad Azam and MPA Sania Kamran also present during the press conference. “Social Welfare Department will herald the vision of transforming Pakistan on the patron of city state of Madina. Vocational training programs were being strengthened to make the destitute and the poor in getting destination of self-reliance”, said the Minister SW&BM. He told the media that one of nine divisional headquarters would be turned into ‘Centre of Excellence’ for provision of standard vocational institute. “Panagahs Programhas become hope of needy people who do not afford living cost at big cities. Shelter and food were being provided to the guests without hurting their self-respect”, he said. Syed Yawer Abbas Bukhari said that on directions by the Chief Minister Usman Buzdar model panagahs’ project will also be launched soon. He further told that half million persons have been benefitted from panagahs. “I invite the journalists to visit any panagah in disguise and feedback SW&BM department for further improvement”, said the minister.
Ameen Baitul Mal Malik Muhammad Azam highlighted details of the program and said that Alkhidmat Foundation will collaborate with Baitul Mal for distribution of free of cost wheelchairs, sewing machines and hearing aids. “In initial phase five thousand wheelchairs and five thousand sewing machines would be distributed at district level. Moreover, hearing aids will be provided to the deserving persons however students would be preferred to get hearing aids”, he said. The Ameen said that the dream of Riasat-e-Madina can only be come true by promoting social services. He praised that eminent industrial group ‘Vital’ will help in conducting collective marriages across the province. He told that annually hundred collective marriages would be arranged in different cities. “Maiden ceremony would be held at governor’s house on January 30 and Chairman Senate Sardar Sadiq Sanjrani would be chief guest” announced the Ameen. On this occasion, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that under the supervision of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, various social welfare schemes were being launched and Social Welfare Department was playing pivotal role in making of Riayast-e-Madina.