President asks PBM to enhance its outreach to remote areas

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Zubair Qureshi
Islamabad

President Dr Arif Alvi has asked Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) to enhance its outreach to the remote areas of the country to help the underprivileged sections of society.

He underlined the need to focus on poverty-stricken and deprived areas of the country, particularly in Balochistan, interior Sindh and erstwhile FATA, to provide financial assistance and social protection to widows, orphans, women and differently abled people (DAPs).

The president made these remarks at a briefing, given by the Managing Director (MD) PBM, Malik Zaheer Abbas Khokhar, at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.

The Managing Director PBM briefed the meeting about the role of his organization in empowering women by providing them financial assistance and different skills.

He informed that PBM was actively working for the welfare of DAPs and the rehabilitation of child labour by enrolling them in schools.

He apprised that PBM had introduced a conditional cash transfer scheme, initiated with the collaboration of donors, to motivate children for formal primary education instead of child labour.

Addressing the meeting, the President underlined the need for joining hands by the Government and private sector to help address the issues being faced by the vulnerable segments of society.

In order to financially empower women and DAPs, he urged PBM to work for their skill development with the support of TEVTA and NAVTTC.

Dr Alvi appreciated the role of the PBM for the uplift of DAPs and the needy and assured the Managing Director of his support to further strengthen the organization.