ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Zakat and Ushr has revamped its Zakat system by introducing a new computerised mechanism to build the trust of its donors. In newly introduced system, Central Zakat Council under the chairmanship of a serving judge of an apex court would play authoritative role in the distribution of donations. First time in its history, the ministry had launched a media campaign to collect donations from August 15 to September 20 this year. Through its media campaign, the ministry appealed to the donors for allocation of some money from their wealth for poorest of the poor, needy and deserving segment of the society. Rafique Qureshi, Deputy Secretary of the ministry, told TheNation that there were several problems and complexities in the old system of distribution of Zakat so therefore, he said, the ministry introduced a new mechanism. Earlier, a high-level meeting had presided over by Federal Minister for Zakat and Ushr, Noorul Haq Qadri held at the ministry to discuss and review ways and means to revamp and streamline the collection and disbursement system of Zakat in the country. Secretary, Zakat & Ushr Naved Arif, provincial ministers for Zakat and Ushr, Chairman of Provincial Zakat Council, Chairman of FATA Zakat Council, Chairmen of District Zakat Council and senior officials of the Ministry of Zakat and Ushr also attended that meeting. The Ministry officials claimed that new computerised system is much transparent than the old system. They said that under the new system, all kinds of donations would be disbursed through institutions rather than individuals. Deputy Secretary Rafique Qureshi informed that in the budget 50 per cent were allocated for education and 25 per cent for health purposes. These are two main ingredients in the life of a person, he mentioned. The concept of 'Guzara allowance is also being excluded from the system, he noted. He informed that deserving jobless persons would be given reasonable amount for business purposes under micro-finance scheme of the ministry with the collaboration of other government departments like State Bank of Pakistan. He said that 60 per cent of educational budgeted amount would be spent on vocational and technical education to achieve the desired goals. He claimed that average 3,000 are being spent on one student. He said that hospital all over the country would receive a huge amount of money from the ministry for the treatment of deserving patients. The ministry would give life insurance of one member (head) of the deserving families. Qureshi said that the ministry has established close links with NADRA and Benazir Income Support Programme to make transparent the distribution of donations. Special forms are being distributed among the people to get the data of deserving families, he added. To a query, he said that the Auditor General of Pakistan would conduct the audit of the ministry on yearly basis.