Over Rs35m being spent on projects for women
By Aamir Yasin
RAWALPINDI: The social welfare department is pursuing projects worth Rs84.518 million in the city to provide better facilities to women, orphans, senior citizens and jail inmates.
Talking to Dawn, Senior District Officer (Social Welfare) Mohammad Aslam Maitla said the projects were likely to be completed by end of current fiscal year.
Mr Maitla said the social welfare department provided Rs11.839 million to Adiala Jail authorities for constructing new barracks for women. The construction work is likely to finish by the end of May.
There are at least 130 women prisoners, including eight foreigners, in Adiala Jail, where the condition of existing barracks is poor.
The officer said a new building of Gehwara, an institute for abandoned babies, would be completed at a cost of Rs33.033 million. After the completion of work, the buildings accommodation capacity would be increased from present 19 babies to more than 50.
Separately, a new building for orphans was also under construction.
Costing Rs15.656 million, the facility would provide accommodation to more than 50 boys.
He said the department was keen to impart technical education to women, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern times. He said a new building for industrial home would be completed by the end of May at a cost of Rs23.99 million. It will accommodate more than 500 women.
The industrial home was providing free technical education to poor women. Skills imparted there include stitching, embroidery, beauty courses, computer courses, spoken English, others.
The existing industrial home was accommodating only 100 women.