Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information (SAPM) Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday (July 2) announced that the federal cabinet has approved the Hajj police for 2019.
Giving briefing after the cabinet meeting, special assistant on information said that cabinet has approved the Hajj policy which is designed to keeping the welfare of the people while PM Imran will be present on the first Hajj flight on Friday at Islamabad airport.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said for the first time Saudi Arabia is extending e-visa facility to Pakistani Hujjaj. He said this time 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Hajj and the government has made excellent arrangements for their transportation, food, and accommodation. He said a sum of 25,000 to 58,000 rupees will be returned to Pakistani pilgrims under government Hajj Scheme as the government has successfully saved amount from excellently bargaining in transport and accommodation matters.
Senior Citizen Welfare Bill Approval
She said that the cabinet has approved the ‘Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2019’ to ensure that the neglected elderly are looked after by the state.
“There is no greater tragedy than the fact that the ones who raise half a dozen children are not taken care of [when it’s their] turn,” Awan said as she provided details of the initiative. “In view of these societal gaps we see, the challenges that the society faces nowadays, and the fact that our social fabric is being destroyed, the prime minister has approved this bill [for legislation],” she explained.
She said that the proposed law will work to safeguard the fundamental rights of senior citizens and ensure their uplift and protection within society. Furthermore, a senior citizen’s council will be formed which will begin its work in Islamabad with the creation of an old age home.
“For the past 12 years, I have been running an old age home in Sialkot which stems from my ‘addiction’ to social work. I am happy that the prime minister and I, along with the cabinet, are just as ‘addicted’ to social welfare and the need to serve people,” she said. Awan also announced the cabinet’s decision to create a centralised data bank to record the information of children who are kidnapped or missing. “The prime minister has a soft corner for the National Child Protection Commission
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