LAHORE – Vowing to guard public rights, Chief Minister Najam Sethi said a helpline is being set up in the Punjab Information Technology Board to provide protection to minorities and women facing violence.

Presiding over a meeting at the CM Secretariat Friday, he said He said that women and minorities will be able to get their complaints registered at this helpline.

He said help desks would also be established throughout the province for protection of minorities and women suffering violence while under the skills development programmes, two per cent quota would be earmarked for the disabled, five per cent quota for minorities and 50 per cent quota for women.

The chief minister said with the establishment of helpline, the deserving persons will be able to have their voice heard whereas all necessary steps would be taken for prompt redressing of their grievances.

He said Punjab government has decided to allocate at least two percent quota for the disabled persons, two percent quota for the minorities and 50 percent quota for women in the voucher scheme of Punjab Education Foundation.

Sethi directed that five per cent seats should be earmarked for the disabled persons in all vocational training institutes of PVTC and Tevta. He said the disabled would be exempted from quality assurance test. He pointed out that local government institutions, from union council to metropolitan level, would be duty bound to allocate two per cent of their budget for rehabilitation of disabled children, and three per cent funds for disabled persons.

The chief minister directed that ten percent budget from Zakat and Baitul Mal funds should be allocated for rehabilitation of the disabled persons, while special ramps should be constructed at government buildings.

He said the caretaker government would do, whatever it can, for uplift and betterment of the deserving and needy persons, as the resource-less segments of the society must be provided greater convenience and comfort. Population Welfare Minister Salima Hashmi, and officials concerned were attended the meeting.