Over 100 disabled persons and widows in the district are to receive financial assistance from Baitul Maal before Eidul Fitr.
The decision was announced during a meeting of the district Baitul Maal committee, which was presided over by its chairman Mohammad Ishaq. Ishaq said that people should file applications with the district Baitul Maal offices before August 10.
“The members of the committee will examine all the applications and decide the recipients eligible for financial assistance,” he said.
The chairman said that the district Baitul Maal had limited resources and could not provide ceaseless financial assistance to any deserving person for their entire lives.
“Our goal is to try and help these people become self sufficient. We want for them to eventually be able to earn on their own,” Ishaq said.
He pleaded that the number of hepatitis cases was also on the rise in the district and Baitul Maal was trying to provide support for their treatment.
Deputy district social welfare officer Chaudhry Mohammad Azhar said that blind people would also be extended financial support. “We are trying to help as many people as we can but our first priority are widows and disabled people who cannot cope without such financial assistance,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.