Punjab CM vows to ensure better quality of life for minorities 

Lahore – A delegation of the National Commission for Minorities Affairs, led by chairman Chela Ram Kwelani, called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office on Monday and discussed steps for the welfare of the minorities in the province.

Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Minister Ejaz Alam, chief secretary, secretary human rights and minorities’ affairs department and others were present. The delegation comprised representatives of religious minorities including Pakistan Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad.

The CM pointed out that Rs1 billion were allocated for the minorities’ development fund, whereas, scholarships were also being given to non-Muslim students to continue studies from matriculation to PhD. “Rs2.5 billion are also being spent on different welfare-oriented projects of minority communities in the financial year 2021-22,” he said. “Two per cent quota for the non-Muslim students has opened the doors of higher education to them,” he added.

The CM stressed that implementation of a five per cent job quota for minorities would be ensured and pointed out that focal persons had been nominated after the institution of minority cells in 40 state departments.

“Similarly, focal persons have also been nominated after the establishment of minority cells in nine divisions, 36 districts and 144 tehsils,” he stated and assured that the paraphernalia would timely resolve issues pertaining to the minority communities at the grassroots.

“The Constitution of Pakistan ensures full protection to the rights of the minority communities, and they enjoy equal rights in the country. Meanwhile, the interfaith policy has also been devised and more steps will also be taken to ensure the welfare of the religious minorities in future,” the CM concluded.

Chela Ram Kewlani appreciated the steps taken for the protection of rights of religious minorities.

, adding that steps for providing equal opportunities to the minorities were commendable. “A good job is being done to protect the minorities’ rights in Punjab,” he added.

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