Zakar and Usher Provincial Minister Malik Nadeem Kamran on Sunday directed all divisional and district Zakat officers to ensure the timely distribution of zakat, guzara allowance and marriage grants to deserving people in a departmental briefing meeting. Zakat Secretary Jehanzeb Khan, Zakat Administrator Muhammad Yousuf and other concerned officers were also present. The minister was told that as many as 24,115 zakat committees were working in the whole province; however, 305 committees were not functional due to various reasons. The minister directed to meet the required number of zakat committees at every cost. He also constituted a monitoring committee headed by the Zakat secretary to review all these matters and submit a report within fifteen days. He also ordered the secretary to wind up local zakat committees’ cases pending hearing so that Zakat’s punctual distribution could be ensured. He ordered to initiate the election process for filling vacancies of eight chairmen and 16 District Zakat Committee members and said that recommendations for a new Provincial Zakat Council should be conveyed soon. The provincial minister ordered that the number of women members in zakat committees throughout the province be increased to 33 percent throughout the province. He also directed the divisional and district zakat officers to contact philanthropists, industrialists, and others to convince them to donate in the zakat fund for needy people. He mentioned that a novel system of giving financial assistance to blind persons from the zakat Fund was introduced and as many as 8,500 blind people were helped. The campaign was successful and should be continued, he said.
(Pakistan Today / 17 June 2013)
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