K-P promulgates Widows and Special Persons Welfare Foundation Ordinance

Published: December 17, 2013
Rs30,000 per month would be given to a deserving widow, while Rs25,000 per month would be given to persons with disabilities

Rs30,000 per month would be given to a deserving widow, while Rs25,000 per month would be given to persons with disabilities

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor Shaukatullah Khan promulgated the K-P Deserving Widows and Special Persons Welfare Foundation Ordinance 2013, stated a handout issued by the provincial social welfare department on Tuesday.

Following the promulgation of the new law, a new welfare foundation will be established under the auspices of the social welfare department.

“The foundation would be an independent statutory body to be run by a Board of Governors consisting of a chairperson and 10 members. A majority of the members of the board shall be eminent persons from civil society,” the handout read.

Aside from performing other functions, the board will be responsible for approving cases of deserving widows and differently abled people for financial assistance grants. The board shall also take steps for the generation of resources for the foundation from within the country and abroad, reads the document.

Initially, the provincial government will allocate Rs500 million for the foundation, while philanthropists from within the country and abroad would be asked to join in for generating funds.

According to the handout, Rs30,000 per month will be given to widows, while Rs25,000 per month will be given to people with disabilities.

As per the statistics collected by the social welfare department, there are 69,000 impoverished widows and an equal number of differently abled people in the K-P, states the handout. In the first year of its operation, 14,000 widows and 13,000 people with disabilities will benefit from the scheme, while more will continue to benefit over the years.

A spokesperson for the department was confident that philanthropists will generously contribute for a noble cause. He further added the affairs of the foundation will be transparent and open to public scrutiny.

The official elaborated those people receiving aid from zakat funds shall also be eligible to receive assistance from the foundation because the Guzara allowance (Rs1,000) paid monthly to widows from zakat is too meagre in view of current inflation.

The foundation shall take care of non-Muslim and Muslim widows and persons with disabilities, added the spokesperson.



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Reader Comments (9)

  • Nawaz Sharif
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:33PM

    This little money? This is hardly sufficient for my Nihari and Siripaye menu even for a week.KP government is failed badly.Where is Imran Khan?


  • Dec 18, 2013 - 12:36AM

    25000 and 30000 is not ample? are u crazy man


  • Shabbir Tu DekheGa
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Ultimately Imran Khan & his Army of Minsiters have woken up after criticism on the media for paying merely Rs50/- as allowance to the Bomb Disposal Squad http://tribune.com.pk/story/646438/valour-extraordinaire-the-swan-song-of-the-unsung/
    But Wait! before making the charity work these opportunists have raised their own salaries first http://www.express.pk/story/208168/ This is a unique start of a charity work!!
    Koi Dekhe Ya Na Dekhe
    Shabbir Tu Dekhe Ga !


  • ET reader
    Dec 18, 2013 - 1:29AM

    I bet a million bucks haters will still find a way to sling mud on this…I bet!
    Imran Khan, you have made your voters proud….
    (Why aren’t you posting my comments recently ET? I never curse nor write any derogatory comments?)


  • S
    Dec 18, 2013 - 1:37AM

    @Nawaz Sharif
    Idk if you’re being sarcastic or for real. What has nawaz sharif done for widows and people with disabilities? Stop harping on every little thing like a hawk and learn to appreciate. It’s at least a step forward in the right direction.


  • fahad
    Dec 18, 2013 - 1:52AM

    Thanks ET for not mentioning the KPK gov, PTI or IK name in the article. Because now the people hav understood tht if their is no name assigned to a good thing then it surely is PTI.


  • Imran Khan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 2:05AM

    Ask the value of this little money from those who will get this.


  • Madiha
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:21PM

    @Shabbir Tu DekheGa:
    I failed to find the information that KPK Bomb Disposal Squad members get Rs. 50 if they difuse a hand grenade, as you have mentioned in your comment. Are you sure it is not a fragment of your imagination?

    And if KPK ministers’ house rent allowance has been increased, so what? How is it a bad thing? It would have been bad if ministers and PTI were not doing anything for the public, and only taking steps to benefit the party and its officials. Just keep an unbiased view of things so you can see how a large number of public initiatives have been taken to improve things in KP.


  • Madiha
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:23PM

    30K is not little money. A family of four can manage on it. Yes it is not sufficient for all standards of living, but if you try to live modestly and only take this allowance as a means to help your finances and not your sole income, then yes, it is adequate.


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