AJK PM announces initiatives to uplift neglected segments of society

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Says will increase refugee allowance, Zakat funds for needy

AJK Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan Thursday expressed the optimism saying that the real change for which the PTI has been struggling since long would take place soon and Kashmiris would be able to materialize their dreams.

Addressing a budget session in the State metropolis on Thursday, the PM hailed the budget proposed for the next financial year and announced a host of new initiatives to improve lives of low income and underprivileged segments of the society.

In view of the surging inflation and rising prices of essential commodities, the AJK PM also announced to increase refugee allowance, Zakat and dowry funds for the poor and needy in the State. “I announce an increase of Rs. 1500 per person in the Refugees’ Sustenance Allowance, 3000 rupees zakat per month for poor and needy”, the PM said adding that the dowry fund was also being increased to Rs. 75000.

The PM also announced for the appointmentment of Muftis in 5 districts and 17 tehsils. He said that Quran academies would be set up in Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Bhimber. For the homeless, the PM said that the government was planning to construct flats for the poor and deserving people in collaboration with Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT).

“In the first phase, 900 flat-style houses will be constructed for the deserving in Mirpur”, he added. “The land will be provided by the Azad Kashmir government and the project will be extended to 3,000 to 4,000 houses”, he said adding that 500 houses would be constructed in Mirpur for police personnel and the families of those martyred in terrorist incidents in Pakistan.

AJK government, he said, would pay 50 per cent of the loss of the Bakarwal tribe caused by the snowfall in Neelam on June 22. The prime minister said that the government would provide 1000 thousand scholarships to deserving students. In order to boost small industry, the PM said that 1200 people would be trained in Punjab for the promotion of cottage industry.

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