Punjab government has allocated a grant of 30 million Rupees for Christian community. Mr. Ejaz Alam Augustine, Punjab’s Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs revealed that government will give advance salaries to Christian employees.
Provincial Minister told that the government is dedicated to provide equal opportunities to the religious minorities. He said that government is working on plans for Minority Empowerment package. Talking to the participants during a convention, Provincial Minister said that the government is keen on chalking out a policy for construction of worship places of minorities.
Mr. Ejaz further told the participants that all must put in their efforts to develop the spirit of co-existence by maintaining religious harmony and peace. At the same time, Provincial Rights Minister said that parents should focus on their children’s education so that they grow up as useful members of the society.
In connection to the International Human Rights Day 2018, Ejaz Alam told The Nation that government had decided to introduce human rights as a subject at the schools and the Punjab University. Additionally, the provincial minister said that a task force is working to safeguard citizen’s rights.
The Minorities Empowerment Package will help marginalized religious communities of Punjab. The package included, implementation of minorities’ quota for jobs and education, system for remission of sentences, skill development training, minorities quota in Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme and introduction of religious education in schools for minorities’ students.
“We are also focusing on skills development and have kept aside Rs25 million for scholarships. We are also working on development and housing schemes specifically for the minority community,” he added.