KARACHI: Chief Minister (CM) Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed Social Welfare Department (SWD) to establish a centre for elderly homeless people so that they could lead their life respectfully without working hard and even without stretching their hands before others.
He issued these directives while presiding over a meeting of SWD at the CM House here on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Siddique Memeon, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo and Secretary Social Welfare Shariq Ahmed.
Qaim Ali Shah said that he has seen elderly people either doing hard labour for their livelihood or have witnessed them stretching hands before others. “These both conditions are very painful and must be addressed by the government by giving elderly homeless people a beautiful home where they could lead life with dignity.”
Secretary Social Welfare Shariq Ahmed said that in line with the directives of CM, three rehabilitation centers for `eunuchs’ have been established where they were imparted different computer trainings and courses. “These three centers are at Karachi, Sukkur and Larkana with enrolment of 20 to 25 at each center.
CM Sindh said that “This kind of trainings would bring them in the mainstream of employment and would definitely change their lifestyles.”
He also directed Social Welfare Department (SWD) to set up such more centers for eunuchs where they could receive basic education. “We have to make them useful citizens and instead of allowing them to keep begging along the roads must be encouraged to receive education and get government jobs,” he said and added that necessary measures must be taken to bring them in the mainstream.
He said that there are four Darul Aman each on at Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana. “The chief minister directed the chief secretary Siddique Memon to personally visit the centers and ensure their repair and proper maintenance.
The secretary said that the social welfare department also manages 12 Rehabilitation Centers for special children and adults, five of them are for adults and seven for children. Apart from it the department also runs three Darul Itfal, one at Hyderabad and Karachi and Sukkur. The Hyderabad center (Darul Itfal) is purely for girls.
Mr Shariq said that his department also runs 76 centers all over Sindh where stitching and embroidery work is taught. “These centers play important role to enable poor girls and women to earn their bread and butter respectfully,” he said. He added that his department also runs eight Community Development Centers in different districts.
Qaim Ali Shah said that the SWD was doing good service but it needs to be strengthened furthers. “I want you to establish a center for elderly homeless persons where men and women of above 65 of age could be kept,” he said and directed chief secretary to ensure allocation of funds for this scheme.