Qaim for establishing centre for elderly homeless people
KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed Social Welfare Department to establish a center for accommodation of the elderly homeless people where they could be cared and live a respectful life.
According to a statement issued here on Tuesday, the CM issued these directives while presiding over a meeting of Social Welfare Department here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Siddique Memeon, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo and Secretary Social Welfare Shariq Ahmed.
The CM said that he had noticed elderly people either engaged in grueling labour to earn their livelihood or stretching their hands before others for alms. “Such living conditions are very painful and must be addressed by the government by giving elderly homeless people a beautiful home where they could live their lives with dignity,” he said.
“I want you to establish a center for elderly homeless persons where men and women of above 65 of age could be kept.”, he said directing the Chief Secretary Sindh to ensure allocation of funds for this scheme. Secretary Social Welfare Department, Shariq Ahmed informed the CM that on his directives 3 rehabilitation centers for transgenders had been established.
He added that the centers besides providing them the shelter also impart different training including computer courses. Sharing details of those centers, he informed that 3 centers are at Karachi, Sukkur and Larkana had an enrollment of 20 to 25 in each.
The secretary apprised the CM that the Social Welfare Department also manages 12 Rehabilitation Centers for special children and adults adding that 5 of them were for adults and 7 for children. Apart from it the department also runs 3 Darul Itfal including one each in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur besides 8 other Community Development Centers in different districts, he added.
Shariq further informed that the department managed 76 centers in Sindh where stitching and embroidery works were taught.
“These centers play important role to enable poor girls and women to earn their bread and butter respectfully.”, he said. After the Secretary’s briefing, the CM asked the secretary to set up more such centers for the transgenders where they could receive the basic education.
“Such training programs would enable them to find employment and would definitely change their lifestyles,” Shah expressed this hope. “We have to make them useful citizens and instead of allowing them to keep begging on the roads, we must encourage them to receive education and get government jobs,” he added.
The CM directed the Chief Secretary Siddique Memon to personally visit each of the 4 Darul Aman in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana and ensure their repair and maintenance works were properly taking place.
Shah said appreciated work of the Social Welfare department but emphasized on the need of strengthening further service of the department.
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