Legislation for betterment of orphans soon: Gilani
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday said the government would do necessary legislation for the betterment of orphans and make them useful citizens of the country.
“I will direct the ministries concerned to start work on the legislation so that the deprived children do not go into the wrong hands,” he said while addressing a function at Pakistan Sweet Home’, the orphanage established by the Pakistan Baitul Maal.
The children housed in the Pakistan Sweet Home at Sihala presented different tableaux while the prime minister distributed gifts among them.
The prime minister said that sweet homes will be set up across the country for the welfare of the orphans. He also urged the philanthropists to come forward and assume the responsibility for the well being of the orphans.
The prime minister observed that greater transparency and corruption free environment in the Pakistan Baitul Maal will restore the confidence of philanthropists, and they will be more forthcoming for the well being of the deprived segments of the society. “Our aim is to change the system, so that the country could prosper,” he added.
The prime minister also directed the Pakistan Baitul Maal to evolve a strategy for the education and well being of children languishing in jails in order to make them productive citizens of the society.
The prime minister said the present government was focusing on bringing an improvement in the system with the cooperation of people. He said half of the country’s population was youth, and training in diverse skills will be imparted to them to make them an asset.
In his remarks, Baitul Maal Chairman Zamurd Khan said that 15 Pakistan sweet homes were currently functioning in the country and looking after about 1,300 orphans.
He said the PBM envisaged a programme to establish ‘Pakistan Sweet Homes’ in every district of the country.
He said the orphans were being provided best possible facilities, including education from well-reputed educational institutions. “Our aim is to provide shelter to the orphans as well as quality education so that they could not go into wrong hands,” he added.
Source: The News