KP made spe­cial al­lo­ca­tions for pro­tect­ing mi­nori­ties rights

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - STAFF REPORTER

PESHAWAR—The govern­ment of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa has made spe­cial al­lo­ca­tions for safe­guard­ing and pro­tect­ing rights of mi­nori­ties, pro­mo­tion of re­li­gious har­mony and rais­ing the liv­ing stan­dard of masses be­long­ing to mi­nori­ties.

An al­lo­ca­tion of Rs.90 mil­lion has been made for the ren­o­va­tion and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of tem­ples, churches and gur­d­waras.

Sim­i­larly, stipends, Text­books and free uni­form will also be pro­vided to stu­dent of mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity said a hand out is­sued on Sun­day. Apart from that suf­fi­cient funds have been set-aside to com­plete the on­go­ing projects ini­ti­ated for the wel­fare of mi­nori­ties in the fi­nan­cial year 2015-16.

These in­clude spe­cial pack­ages for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance “Ja­hez Fund” and health cover of mi­nori­ties, con­struc­tion of res­i­den­tial colonies, wor­ship places, pro­tec­tion walls around Mi­nori­ties grave­yards, spe­cial pack­age for “Kalash com­mu­nity” free Text Books, Uni­form, fool­proof Se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for wor­ship places of mi­nori­ties, spe­cial project for con­struc­tion of Hindu Tem­ple in district Karak etc.

Like­wise skill en­hance­ment scheme was ini­ti­ated to pro­vide free skill train­ing to the mi­nor­ity youth at a cost of Rs. 9.855 mil­lion. More than 300 male/fe­male can­di­dates were im­parted free skill train­ing in the trade of beau­ti­fi­ca­tion, tai­lor­ing, com­puter, mo­bile, elec­tri­cian, Air con­di­tion­ing and plumb­ing.

Rs.700 were also given to the par­tic­i­pants as a tool­kit charges. An­other sig­nif­i­cant project was scholarship for mi­nor­ity stu­dents from in­ter­me­di­ate level to Mater Pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion level cost­ing Rs. 4.03 mil­lion.

Un­der the pro­gram, 134 schol­ar­ships awarded rang­ing from Rs.20,000 to Rs.55,000 per stu­dent in var­i­ous level/dis­ci­plines. Ba­sic ob­jec­tive be­hind the scheme was to en­able the stu­dents to get higher ed­u­ca­tion and play their due role in the de­vel­op­ment of their com­mu­nity and the coun­try.

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