LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved a one-year assistance programme for the students of IDP families belonging to Malakand Division under which a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 per student will be given for meeting their day-to-day expenses. These facilities will be available to all the IDP students studying in educational and vocational institutions in Punjab. Moreover, the CM had set up a committee under the chairmanship of Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman. Giving approval to the recommendations of the committee, Shahbaz Sharif has directed that the scope of this decision should be extended to the students studying in commerce colleges and vocational training centres being run by TEVTA. The committee also reviewed the arrangements made with regard to the disbursement of scholarships and special criteria for these students. In the light of the recommendations of the committee, financial assistance would not be linked up with any scholarship programme but would be provided to all students coming from the IDP families of Malakand Division presently studying in educational institutions in the Punjab, as their families may not be able to pay their fee and living expenses. Similar instructions regarding hundred per cent fee remission have been issued to govt educational institutions and institutes like Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur. This assistance programme of the Punjab govt will be for one year for the affectees and it will be withdrawn on the return of IDPs to their respective districts. The authorities at Punjab Education Endowment Fund will scrutinise all applications to be received under this assistance programme and will take necessary action accordingly. Meanwhile, the Punjab govt will also approach private educational institutions, like LUMS and LSC, to play their role under corporate social responsibility and announce 100pc fee remission to these students. Rs1.4m presented to CM for IDPs Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the humanitarian spirit of those who are participating in the noble cause of relief and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Swat is highly commendable and they will be rewarded by the Almighty Allah. He said by donating generously for the Swat affectees, the people of Punjab have proved that they fully share the sufferings of the IDPs. He was talking to Bishop of Iran and Gulf, Azad Marshal, Member Provincial Assembly Ch Muhammad Shafiq, Prof Abdul Ghaffar and Haji Zulfiqar of Education Sector Faisalabad who presented cheque for Rs1.4 million to the Chief Minister for the relief and rehabilitation of IDPs here on Monday. The Chief Minister said government and people of Punjab are taking an active part in the relief activities for the displaced persons of Swat, Malakand and Buner and free atta is being provided to the affectees staying at relief camps. He said more than 5000 metric tons atta had been supplied to the affectees so far being distributed to World Food Programme. He said more than 370 trucks of relief items have been dispatched for the affectees and this process is continuing on daily basis. Similarly, more than 7000 fans and 9000 water coolers have been sent to the displaced persons, he added. He said medical teams are engaged in provision of health facilities to displaced persons round the clock and about 90,000 patients including 39000 women and 25000 children have been treated.