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‘Community-based bodies should diversify philanthropic activities’

Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair has urged the community-based organisations to strengthen and diversify their philanthropic activities across the country.

The governor was talking to a delegation of the Jamiyat Punjabi Saudagran-e-Delhi (JPDS) that called on him Tuesday.

Zubair said communities could play an effective role in proper identification and consequent support to the people in need.

“In view of the country’s current situation, there is a dire need to diversify philanthropic activities along with attaching importance to economic empowerment education and healthcare requirements of the marginalised sections,” he said.

Appreciating the administrative capabilities and capacities of the visiting delegation’s association, the governor said Islam accorded top priority to serve the humanity.

The delegation members, including Saeed Shafiq and JPDC general secretary Salim Farooqi, apprised the governor of work undertaken by them for low-income members of their community and other citizens.

It was informed that more than 300,000 families were supported by the association while different welfare centres were also being managed by it.

“We equally focus on arranging employment and residence; meeting healthcare and educational needs besides arranging funeral services for underprivileged people,” Saeed Shafiq said.

Mentioning that the association had also developed a colony for low-income families in Korangi, Shafiq said flats had been handed over to needy people on easy instalments.

He, however, complained that people living in this colony, namely Allahwala Town, were facing the problem of choked sewerage lines. The Sindh governor assured them of resolving the issue without any unnecessary delay.

A day earlier, Zubair had said welfare of the people remained the topmost priority of the provincial and federal governments.

He said both the federal and provincial government was working on a vision to spur prosperity in Sindh. The governor’s comments came in a meeting with Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah at the Governor House on Monday.

Zubair said provision of basic facilities including clean drinking water, health facilities, education and infrastructure as well as infrastructural development remained a core objective for all stakeholders.

He said it was the responsibility of the information department to make the public aware of the welfare and development works being undertaken for their benefit. In the meeting, various issues pertaining to public welfare, development and others matters of the province came under discussion.

Reporter. ‘Community-based bodies should diversify philanthropic activities’. The News, June 14, 2017.

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