PBM spent Rs 1.239bn on welfare of poor in 2013-14


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) had spent Rs 1,239.456 million on the welfare of poor segment of society from July to March 2013-2014, reveals Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14. According to the report PBM has initiated a number of projects to mitigate the sufferings of the poor. 
PBM was running a number of projects included Individual Financial Assistance (IFA), Pakistan Sweet Home for orphans, Endowment Fund (Institutional Rehabilitation for NGSs, National Centre for Rehabilitation of Child Labour Support Programme (CSP), National Centres for Rehabilitation of Child Labour (NCsRCL) and Vocational Diversified Vocational Dastakari Schools (VDS/DVDS).
The survey said that an amount of Rs 605.983 million had been disbursed to benefit 13,434 individuals countrywide under (Individual Financial Assistance) from July-March 2013-14.
A total of 3000 children have so far been enrolled in Pakistan Sweet Homes working across the country. In the homes-the children are being provided free education, boarding facilities. 
PBM has spent Rs 168.105 million on Pakistan Sweet Homes from July-March 2014, said the economic survey.
PBM has provided Rs 12.204 million as grant in aid to various NGOs to benefit 6,102 poor from July-March 2013-14. The amount has been spent on providing financial assistant to orphans and poor.
PBM has launched 159 National Centres for Rehabilitation of Child Labour (NCsRCL) with the objective of progressive elimination of labour in 5 to 6 years of children. PBM had utilized an amount of Rs 285.309 million for centres during the July-March 2013-14.
PBM provides wheel chairs to deserving people. A family having two or more disabled children is called special family and has the right to be benefited Rs 25,000 per annum is given to each family. 
Under the Child Support Programme Rs 300 per month is being paid to each family having one children. While Rs 600 per month programme is being paid to families having two or more children. The scheme is currently in 14 districts. A sum of 31.603 million has been disbursed among 16,680 beneficiaries from July-March. 

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