Sindh to distribute zakat among 82,000 poor families

KARACHI: Sindh government will distribute Rs 6,000 zakat each among 82,000 poor families during Ramzan. Secretary Zakat and Ushr Department Ramzan Awan said the zakat money would be distributed among needy families registered by 7,000 local zakat committees across Sindh province. A new mechanism comprising ATM cards would be initiated with the help of Sindh Bank for zakat distribution. He said 60 percent of the zakat is distributed to needy families under Guzara allowance while 40 percent include funds for hospitals so as to provide free treatment to needy people, student stipends and other social projects. We have distributed Rs 400 million zakat among different hospitals including Sindh Institute of Urology Transplant, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Civil Hospital and others for free treatment of needy people, he said.  The total funds for zakat department are around Rs 2,000 million, which are collected only through deductions from banks, he said. He said the government was mulling over to launch an awareness campaign among masses to give their zakat to government in order to provide more funds to the needy people.  The provincial department has planned to distribute Rs 50 million among 10,000 families in Thar. ppi Two killed in separate road accidents KARACHI: Two people including a girl were killed and one injured in separate road accidents on Tuesday. A girl Kanwal (22) daughter of Wasi Muhammed resident of Gulistan-e-Johar was killed when a speeding vehicle hit her near Telephone Exchange at Star Gate area. The body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities. An unidentified man aged 35 was killed when a vehicle hit him in Punjab Colony. The body was shifted to JPMC for an autopsy. A woman Kosar Ali daughter of Khan was injured when a vehicle hit her in MPR Colony near Qasba Colony. The injured was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment.

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