85,000 beneficiaries to get zakat fund without service charges

KARACHI: The Sindh zakat department and Sindh Bank management agreed on joint mechanism for efficient disbursement of zakat fund among 85,000 beneficiaries without service charges.

The Sindh Bank will supply ATM Card to each beneficiary to draw zakat installment from any nearest bank branch. This was decided in a high level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah at CM House Karachi today to evolve a strategy for flawless and efficient distribution of zakat fund among poor beneficiaries. He said that PPP was representing poor segment of society and had already launched different income support programs as it wanted to ensure judicious and easy distribution of zakat fund among poor people.

He said that organization, previously assigned and entrusted for efficient distribution of zakat fund has not delivered up to expectation of beneficiaries. As such his management was receiving complains about the system, consequently the proposal for replacing the present disbursing organization with another efficient and active organization with easy and effective mechanism as per requirement of Zakat fund distribution.

Subsequently, different banks and organizations were negotiated, who agreed to launch the services at least 3% deduction from zakat fund as their services charges. But Sindh government and specially he himself was not satisfied for deduction of one rupee from zakat fund for poor people. The chief minister Sindh said that on his intervention, the Sindh Bank stepped ahead for rescue and it agreed to provide zakat fund distribution among the registered beneficiaries through ATM Card without any deduction from Principal amount of zakat fund.

Qaim said that the 3% amount which previously was being provided to the organization assigned for disbursement was saved and would be available for further distribution among the poor in the province . The CM directed the officers concerned to expedite their working and ensure that the upcoming installment of Guzara allowance would be distributed among the beneficiaries within shortest possible time.

Briefing the meeting, Secretary Zakat Ramzan Awan said that his management had released 475.068 million to entrusted organization for six month installment of Rs 6000 each beneficiary to 76872 enrolled beneficiaries, but the organization responsible was unable to distribute the fund only among 62,625 beneficiaries.

He said that in response of the decision taken at previous meeting, the discontinuation notice has also been issued to the organization engaged earlier for zakat fund distribution. He said that Sindh Bank will take at least three months for enlistment of 85,000 beneficiaries for issuance of ATM Cards and update its system for upcoming distribution of Guzara allowance.

Sindh Minister Zakat Dost Muhammad Rahmon, Chairman Sindh Zakat Council Justice (R) Zahid Quran Alvi, Secretary to CM Alamdin Bullo, Secretary Zakat Ramzan Awan, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, President Sindh Bank Mufti Muhammad Najeeb and other officers attended the meeting.

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