ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the government has constituted a high-level committee to examine reorganizing the functions of the Ministry of Minorities, which would also give recommendations on speedy resolution of the problems being faced by the minorities in the country. The Prime Minister was talking to a delegation of minorities MNAs belonging to various political parties, which met him here at the PMs House on Saturday. The committee, he mentioned, consists of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary Cabinet and Secretary Establishment Division. The minorities and the women, the Prime Minister reiterated, were his own constituencies and he was personally taking interest in their welfare. The Prime Minister assured the delegation that the Minorities Development Fund meant for their uplift and economic empowerment through development schemes and financial assistance would not lapse and would be equally distributed among the 12 minorities MNAs including two women MNAs to the tune of Rs 07 million each. The Prime Minister said that in accordance with the spirit of 18th Constitutional Amendment, he would direct the provincial governments to cater for the needs of the minorities in their respective PSDPs (Public Sector Development Programme), while he assured that the Federal Government would accommodate the minorities in the Prime Ministers Development Programmes as well as PSDP. The Prime Minister directed the Establishment Division to ensure 5 per cent quota for the minorities as decided earlier in all the Federal Government institutions including the Armed Forces. He further mentioned that the quota allocated for the minorities in the Parliamentary Secretariat and Judicial set-up would also be fully implemented by the respective institutions. The Prime Minister stated that the present government was determined to resolve the issues and problems confronting all section so the society with special consideration to matters relating to the minorities. The government would not only look after the welfare of the minorities in the country but would also help them for their interests at international level. The Prime Minister asked Akram Masih Gill, Minister of State for Interfaith Harmony and Minorities Affairs to prepare a broad based comprehensive programme for the improvement and resolution of the grievances of the minorities. The members of the minorities delegation expressed complete confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister and his commitment to the rights of the minorities. They emphasized that the issues concerning minorities have to be considered at national level through a harmonious policy, which could be implemented throughout the country. The delegation specifically mentioned that since the minorities were given special representation in the national flag, therefore, their issues deserve to be considered through policies, which could be implemented throughout the country. The delegation stressed upon ensuring 5 per cent quota for the minorities in the Federal Government jobs as well as increase in the amount of assistance to the deserving and poor out of the Minorities Development Fund from Rs 5,000/- upto Rs 50,000/- according to the nature of requirement. The delegation included Minister of State for interfaith Harmony and Minorities Affairs Akram Masih Gill (PML-Q), Dr Paul Jacob Bhatti, Advisor to Prime Minister on Minorities Affairs, Lal Chand MNA (PPPP), Dr Darshan MNA (PML-N), Dr Nelson Azeem MNA (PML-N), Krishan Chand Parwani MNA (PML), Munawer Lal MNA (MQM), Mrs Asiya Nasir MNA (JUI), and Dr Khatumal Jeewan MNA (PPPP).