LAHORE - Provincial Zakat Council has decided 100 per cent increase in marriage grant and allowance for deserving persons and also extended the tenure of all such Districts Zakat Committees where new committees have not been constituted so far up to November 30, 2014.

This was decided at a meeting of Provincial Zakat Council chaired by Chairman Justice (R) Akhtar Hassan on Wednesday. Secretary Zakat and Usher Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani, Administrator Zakat Muhammad Yousaf Butt, representatives of Social Welfare, Finance, Local Government departments, Maulana Raghib Hussain Naeemi and other members attended the meeting.

The meeting was told that the marriage grant of Rs 10,000 had been fixed ten years ago and it needed increase under present circumstances.

Secretary Zakat and Usher briefed the amount of subsistence allowance of Rs 500 per month was being given for the last 14 years and there was a proposal to enhance this due to inflation. Deserving person will be given subsistence allowance and Eid grant for at least one year.

The meeting also gave approval to the distribution of Zakat fund through telecommunication companies and also launching it as a pilot project in Lahore, Sheikhupura and Hafizabad. It was decided that the data of deserving persons for subsistence allowance will be verified from Nadra.