MULTAN - Managing Director Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Iftikhar Babar has said that remittances will be reached to US$ 15 billion by the end of fiscal year 2013-14.  Talking to APP, he said that a total of 627,000 Pakistanis were working in abroad while the demand of Pakistani workers was rising in Qater, Saudi Arabia and other countries of Middle East. He claimed that skilled Pakistani workers would generate handsome foreign exchange in coming years. 

Iftikhar Babar said the government had also enhanced budget for Overseas Pakistanis from Rs 60 million to Rs 100 million during the fiscal year 2014-15.

He informed that 681 Overseas Pakistanis applicants would be provided with welfare fund and each would get Rs 150,000.  He stated that OPF was establishing new technical training centres to equip people with latest skill and work techniques and agreements with reputed institution were being inked in this connection.

Iftikhar Babar claimed that a technical training institution constructed by the OPF in Multan would start its working very soon. 

He said that a total of 23 schools and two colleges of OPF were providing quality education to kids of overseas Pakistanis besides local children.

He informed that 17000 kids were acquiring education from these schools. Apart from this, 12 housing schemes comprising 11000 plots were also being developed.

The MD OPF said that complaint cells have also been set-up at OPF centres to facilitate the families of Overseas Pakistanis.