Ebad ac­cords as­sent to se­nior cit­i­zens wel­fare bill

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI—Gover­nor Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan has ac­corded as­sent to the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Wel­fare Bill 2014.

Af­ter the sig­na­tures of the Gover­nor, it has be­come the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Wel­fare Act 2014 and would ap­ply to whole of Sindh and come into force at once.

A state­ment here on Wed­nes­day said that ac­cord­ing to the Act, a Coun­cil for wel­fare of se­nior cit­i­zens would be es­tab­lished headed by Min­is­ter So­cial Wel­fare De­part­ment. Two mem­bers of Sindh Assem­bly, Sec­re­tary Fi­nance, Sec­re­tary Health, Sec­re­tary Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sec­re­tary Transport, Sec­re­tary Food and Agri­cul­tural, Sec­re­tary Za­kat and Ushr, Two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from amongst well known NGOs (one from so­cial wel­fare and one from Hu­man Rights sec­tors), two se­nior cit­i­zens from civil so­ci­ety (one re­tired civil ser­vant, and one busi­ness­man), one re­tired ses­sions judge or ad­di­tional ses­sions judge would be the mem­bers of the Coun­cil and Sec­re­tary So­cial Wel­fare would act as member/sec­re­tary of the Coun­cil.

The head of­fice would be Karachi with dis­trict wise of­fices.

The Coun­cil would for­mu­late poli­cies for the wel­fare and im­prov­ing the well be­ing of se­nior cit­i­zen. It would also is­sue se­nior cit­i­zens card (Azadi Card) to them.—APP in

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