Sindh govt to provide vocational training to women flood victims
KARACHI: The first instalment of Rs 2.7 billion has been released from Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) under its Livelihood Cash Grant Scheme to provide immediate relief to the flood-affected families.
This was stated by Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui in a statement on Wednesday.
The Sindh government should provide vocational training to women settled at relief camps in the city as well as other parts of the province for creating handicrafts, so that they would be able to stabilise their livelihood, she suggested
The women could make various kinds of handicrafts at the camps and earn sufficient money for their rehabilitation with the government’s help, she added.
“Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) could be assigned with this task, while Sindh Small Industries Corporation could also help in this noble work,” Farooqui said.
Massive floods have affected millions of people in Sindh especially women, she said, adding that it would be good to provide vocational training to women at the camps along with provision of relief aid.
The floods have played havoc in Sindh and women have been more affected so there was a need to develop and equip the women with such training, she said.
She also said that the government was making efforts to ensure education to all the affected children at schools in the safer areas of Sindh because their schools have been submerged in the flood-hit areas.
International assistance: King of Morocco Muhammad VI has dispatched a C-130 plane loaded with medicines and other prime commodities to help the flood victims in Pakistan.
This was stated by Honorary Consul-General of Morocco Mirza Ishtiaq Baig on Wednesday.
The officials of the Embassy of Morocco handed over the emergency aid to the National Disaster Management Authority at Chaklala Airport for distributing among the flood victims, Baig said. More emergency aid from the government of Morocco is in the pipeline, he added.
Turkey has offered Pakistan Railways (PR) to send relief goods through Pakistan-Iran-Turkey freight train, PR General Manager (GM) Ashfaq Khattak said on Wednesday.
The train would arrive from Istanbul via Zahidan (Iran) and enter Pakistan at Taftan, Khattak said.
The train takes about 12 days to reach Pakistan from Turkey, but efforts would be made to reduce the number of days, he said.
Quetta is cut off through rail link because of damages caused by floods, but every effort would be made to transport relief goods to Jafferabad and other areas of Balochistan and the country, he added.
The PR has suffered direct and indirect losses of around Rs 2 billion because of floods, the GM said.
It has been operating shuttle trains from Jacobabad, Larkana and Shikarpur, shifting thousands of flood-affected people, he said.
The railway track at Shikarpur-Jacobabad section in Sukkur division has been damaged, but it would be repaired as soon as the floodwater recedes, he added.
Source: Daily Times