ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education is taking steps to redesign "Food Support Program" to generate more employment opportunities for deserving persons. The program was launched under auspices of Pakistan Bail-ul-Mal (PBM) in 2002-2003, targeting the poor to improve their living standard by providing them financial support. Such steps, the official said were being taken as per directives of the Social Welfare and Special Education Minister to extend blessings of the project to maximum number of poor people at grass roots level. He added that ministry was also working out plan to set up small industries at local level under the food support program to provide employment and training opportunities to the members of the poor families, across the country. He said the project would help engage deserving persons and poor families "to work and earn" instead of looking for financial aid.   The food support program was launched in 2002-2003 with a subsidy of Rs. 2000 was given to around 1.25 million poor families in two biannual installments of Rs. 1000 through the post offices countrywide. During 2003-04, the government increased the rate of annual subsidy from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 2400 in two biannual installments bringing the budget from Rs. 2.5 billion to Rs. 3 billion. In 2005-06, the rate of annual subsidy was further increased from Rs. 2400 to Rs. 3000 per year with an enhanced coverage of 1.46 million households. Bail-ul-Mal disbursed Rs. 4.38 billion among households these in 2005-2006 under this program throughout the country. The annual budget of said program had been increased from Rs. 4.38 billion to Rs. 6 billion in 2007-2008 with an objective to facilitate more needy persons. Meanwhile, Seiji Kojima, outgoing Ambassador of Japan called on President Mohammadmian Soomro here Wednesday and thanked for the support extended to him during his stay in Pakistan. The President appreciated the services rendered by him for strengthening the relations between the two countries and wished him success in his future assignments.