LAHORE: President Pervez Musharraf’s viable policies have raised masses’ living standard, ended sense of deprivation in backward areas and reduced the poverty rate in the country. Punjab Governor Lt. Gen. (Retd) Khalid Maqbool stated this, while addressing the scholarship cheque distribution ceremony at Aiwan-e-Iqbal here on Sunday.
The passed-out skilled workers of TEVTA Vocational Institute and Social Welfare Department were given the cheques by Baitul Maal, Pakistan. He said the president, through well-conceived policies, ensured availability of life amenities-education, health and communication- even in far-flung areas that ushered in a new era of development in Pakistan.
Maqbool said NAVTEC is not only imparting training to 75,000 students annually but also awarding Rs 2,000 per month stipend to them. He said that computer-training programme under Education Reform Programme (ERP) is being initiated under which 100,000 people would be given up to Rs 700,000 loans on six percent mark-up so that they could start their own business.
Baitul Maal Pakistan, he said, provided up to Rs 300,000 to 10,000 deserving heart-patient women, besides extending financial assistance to 30,000 families while another 12,000 would be provided this aid soon. Earlier, the Governor awarded scholarship cheques of total worth Rs 600 million among the passed-out skilled workers. TEVTA Chairman Khalid Mahmood, BMP Director Col. Syed Ahmed Nadeem, G.M. Sikandar, Lahore DCO Mian Ejaz and other officials were also present.-SANA