KARACHI: Sindh government will distribute Rs 6000 Zakat each among 82,000 poor families during the holy month of Ramazan.
Talking to PPI, Secretary Zakat and Ushr Department, Mohammad Ramzan Awan said that the Zakat money would be distributed among needy families registered by 7000 local zakat committees across Sindh province.
He said that the department had disengaged NADRA for distribution of the zakat and now a new mechanism comprising ATM cards would be initiated with the help of Sindh Bank for Zakat distribution.
He said that 60% of the zakat is distributed to needy families under Guzara allowance while 40% include funds for hospitals so as to provide free treatment to needy people, student stipends and other social projects. “We have distributed Rs 400 million zakat among different hospitals including SIUT, JPMC, Civil Hospital and others for free treatment of needy people,” he said.
Awan said that due to less collection of zakat, the government was not able to properly help the needy people. “The total funds for zakat department are around Rs 2000 million, which are collected only through deductions from banks,” he said.
The secretary said that they had no other funds resource other than zakat deduction from banks and it had also come down to a considerable level as people withdraw their amount from banks before Ramazan in order to avoid zakat deductions.
He said that the government was mulling over to launch an awareness campaign among masses to give their zakat to government in order to provide more funds to the needy people.
“The provincial department has planned to distribute Rs 50 million among 10,000 families in Thar,” he said adding that the department had helped flood and earthquake affectees within and outside the province in past also.
He said that they had distributed Rs 5000 each among 2200 families of Manchar Lake affectees and Rs 20 million among Balochistan earthquake affectees.
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