Punjab Benevolent Fund approves Rs2.13bn budget

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  • ACS Umar Rasool directs PBF secretary to revise existing welfare schemes for govt employees

  • Directs to introduce new methods to further facilitate workers

  • Board approves scholarships worth Rs888,000,000 for employees’ children

  • Approves monthly aid of Rs688,000,000 for widows of deceased employees

 

LAHORE: Punjab Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Umar Rasool has directed the Punjab Benevolent Fund secretary to revise the existing welfare schemes for the employees and to introduce new methods in a bid to further facilitate the workers.

The ACS issued these directives while presiding a meeting of the Punjab Benevolent Fund Board, where he also directed the secretary to seek assistance from experts of the private sector on the matter and also welcome suggestions from the government employees. He further directed the secretary to present the final report in the Punjab Benevolent Fund Board’s forthcoming meeting.

Punjab Benevolent Fund Secretary Syeda Malaika, Secretary Services Farhan Aziz Khawaja, Special Secretary Finance Saifullah Dogar, Secretary Board of Revenue Muneer Ahmed Shah, representatives of the health and water division along with office-bearers of the Punjab Civil Secretariat Employee’s Union were also present at the occasion.

The annual expenditure and income statements were also presented by the Punjab Benevolent Fund secretary in the meeting. An annual budget worth Rs2.13 billion of the Punjab Benevolent Fund was also approved in the meeting. Scholarships worth Rs888,000,000 for 34,015 children of the employees along with Rs210,000,000 for the wedding expenses of the children of 3,418 employees were also approved. The members of the board also approved a monthly aid of Rs688,000,000 for 339 widows of the deceased employees whereas an amount of Rs190,000,000 was approved for the farewell grant of 2100 government employees. The members of the meeting were informed that 1300 employees had submitted applications for funeral rites for which an amount of Rs32,100,000 was sanctioned.

It was further told that a total amount of Rs5.7 billion was received by the Punjab Benevolent Fund as a result of the amounts deducted from the incomes of the government employees.

The additional chief secretary directed the Punjab benevolent fund secretary to make use of information technology in a bid to provide the employees with the aids as soon as possible.

He said that the benevolent fund is the employees’ own money and there can be no possible justification for any sort of delay in its provision to them.