Senior Minister visits the Directorate of Social Welfare

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Irrigation and Social Welfare, Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao has exhorted upon the officers and officials of the social welfare department to work with utmost honesty and dedication for addressing the problems and protecting the rights of the vulnerable individuals in the society so as to ensure the establishment of a prosperous, peaceful and evils-free society in the province.

This he said while visiting the Directorate of Social Welfare here on Thursday. The Secretary Social Welfare Abdul Jabbar Shah and Director Social Welfare Akbar Ali Khan were present on the occasion. The Senior Minister visited various sections of the Directorate and apprised himself of their functions and performance.

Sikandar Sherpao was informed on this occasion that as many as 173 industrial training centres had been established in the province to impart skill development training to the local females in knitting and embroidery etc to enable them earn their livelihood with honour and dignity.

Similarly, five treatment and rehabilitation centres for the drug addicts have been established in the province with one each at Dir Lower, D.I.Khan, Kohat, Swat and Peshawar, which will benefit as many as 9955 persons upto the end of the current financial year.

He was further informed that as many as three Darul Kafalas had been established at Peshawar, Mardan and Swat for the education and rehabilitation of the baggers wherein they were being provided food, accommodation and technical education.

Similarly, 26 schemes, including 16 ongoing and 10 new, would be completed under the ADP 2015-16 in the social welfare sector for which a sum of Rs. 518.00 million had been allocated.

The Senior Minister said that serving the helpless and disabled persons was not less than worship; therefore, the officers and officials of the social welfare department should work like a team to better the living conditions of the vulnerable segments of the society.

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