Widows denied benevolent fund for a year
GUJRANWALA, Sept 17: Heirs to about 1,700 government employees have been denied benevolent fund payment for the last one year. Widows of government officials along with their children have protested against non-payment and demanded early release of funds.
Reports said the provincial government did not release benevolent funds for 2005-06 so far as a result widows and their children were facing financial problems.
When contacted, the respective district officer said the department had made a requisition of Rs35 million, but received Rs20 million from the provincial government. Outstanding dues of 800 destitute were cleared with this amount. “If the government releases the remaining funds all people will be made payment.”
He said the government officials appointed on contract were not entitled to the benevolent fund.