Qaim for es­tab­lish­ing cen­tre for el­derly home­less peo­ple

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - CITY RE­PORTER

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.

Corps Com­man­der Karachi Lt-Gen­eral Naveed Mukhtar is lay­ing foun­da­tion stone of Karachi In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences at Malir Gar­ri­son.

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