Punjab CM orders establishment of special anti-beggary squad


LAHORE:Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday directed officials concerned to constitute a special anti-beggary squad to nab the professional beggars in different zones in phases.

While presiding over a meeting to review the performance of the social welfare department and steps aimed at the welfare of the indigent strata, the CM directed to devise a comprehensive skills development program to alleviate poverty.

He further directed sensitizing the people about the institutions providing welfare related services along with setting up a helpline. A community welfare centre would be established in Lahore for making transgenders a useful organ of society, he disclosed.

The elderly occupants of old-age homes should be regularly checked, the CM told and announced that new shelter homes would be functionalized in Gujranwala, Multan, Pakpatton and Jhang while children homes will be established in Attock and Toba Tek Singh for the lost and abandoned children.

Furthermore, a state-of-the-art centre for the treatment of addicts will be set up, he said. The addicts will be provided technical and vocational training to earn their livelihood. Earlier, the secretary social welfare department briefed about departmental performance. SACM Hassan Khawar, Commissioner and DC Lahore, DG social welfare and others attended the meeting.

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