KARACHI: The under-training students and tutors of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program (BBSYDP) at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) have not been paid their monthly stipends since last 11 months, it emerged on Sunday.
About 160 under-training apprentices of the BBSYDP joined their training at JPMC in May 2015 with monthly stipends of Rs 2500 per month. The training of these students is expected to complete next month.
A trainee student wished not be named told PPI that he is getting training under BBSYDP, but not a single penny had been received by him yet and he is bearing all his expenses from his pocket. He informed that he belongs to interior Sindh and live in Karachi without stipend, which is very difficult as he has no other source of income.
A BBSYDP’s teacher doctor told PPI that training of students is about to complete but the apprentices and teachers are not paid their stipends of Rs 2,500 and Rs 15,000 per month respectively.
He requested Project Director BBSYDP and other high ups of Sindh government to release stipends of students and teachers.
When contacted, Project Director, BBSYDP, Dr Mohammad Sabir Memon, told PPI, that due to the late release of funds from provincial government, monthly stipend have not been paid to trainees of BBSYDP. He said funds will be released in two or three weeks and students will receive their monthly stipends soon.
It is pertinent to mention here that the BBSYDP Program was initiated in the year 2008 which has trained educated, semi literate, uneducated youth aged from 18 to 35 Years in different sectors with an objective to facilitate them for employment and curtail poverty.