LAHORE - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the PPP-led government has started several revolutionary public welfare projects. He was addressing a mass marriage ceremony of fifty couples, organised by Ameer Begum Welfare Trust at Expo Centre here Sunday.

The Premier said that welfare of the unprivileged was the top priority of the government of the people and it would continue its public-oriented policies for the improvement of their living standard. He claimed that previous governments had ignored issues of the deprived segments of the society. “But my government has always been working for the cause of the poor.”

He urged the wealthy people to come forward and help the deprived people so that their daughters could get married. He lauded the Trust for its work for the poor without any discrimination in the fields of education, health and even in financial matters.

 He stated that it was not only the duty of society to help the poor but also of the government to support the deprived people. He said the government had introduced projects for providing employment to youths and for the improvement of life of the common-man.

He said the government had introduced the Benazir Income Support Programme in line with the vision of Benazir Bhutto, as millions of poor had benefited from this welfare programme.

He said the BISP was initiated not only to support the poor but also provide employment to them, adding that it especially supported women and make them independent and self-employed. PM Gilani said millions of people were facilitated through the Baitul Maal Pakistan and congratulated the newly-married couples in the ceremony and wished them happiness in future. He also gave away Rs10,000 each to the 50 couples.

The Prime Minister appreciated the Ameer Begum Welfare Trust for arranging the ceremony in which girls of poor families got married. Earlier, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Chief Patron ABWT, welcomed the Prime Minister and said the Pakistan People’s Party had improved the status of women in the society. Punjab Governor Latif Khan Khosa and his wife, Fizza Batul Gilani, daughter of the Prime Minister, Robina Shaheen Wattoo, Chairperson ABWT, Zamurrad Khan, Managing Direcxtor of Baitul Mal Pakistan, and Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali, a social worker, were also present.