FAISALABAD:Free auto-rickshaws were given to seven men in a ceremony organised at the TMA Hall on Tuesday. The rickshaws were purchased by the district Zakat and Usher Department.
The auto-rickshaws were handed over to Irfan ul Haq, Liaqat Ali, Nadeem Arif, Nasir Zahoor, Riaz Ahmed, Rasheed Ahmed and Zahid Hussain. MNA Begum Khalida Mansoor and MPA Sheikh Ijaz Ahmed, who is also on the governing board of the Faisalabad Development Authority, were the chief guests on the occasion.
Zakat and Usher District Chairman Nazir Hussain Bajwa was also present on the occasion.
Khalida Mansoor said the government had taken practical steps to provide employment opportunities to financially-distressed people in the province. By providing free auto-rickshaws to deserving people in the district, the government hoped to provide them a respectable source of living. “They would not have to rely on the Zakat fund for sustenance.”
She said that auto-rickshaws had been given to people who fulfilled the criteria and were aware of traffic laws. She said they also had driving licences. “It is our duty to uplift the poor, needy and those without shelter and to make them active citizens of the society.