Punjab government departments pay 39.26 lakhs dues to complainants

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LAHORE: On the direction of Ombudsman Punjab Maj. (R) Azam Suleman Khan, dues worth Rs.39.26 lakh has been paid to complainants belonging to different districts along with the fulfilment of legal rights by provincial government departments.

Tayyaba Bibi of Kasur complained to the office of Ombudsman Punjab that her father had died during service as Chowkidar with the food department. She had approached the food department for the provision of financial assistance and the creation of an OSD post but to no avail. Upon the direction of the office of Ombudsman Punjab, the Kasur food department created the OSD post along with the provision of Rs.2.26 lakh as pending dues and financial assistance valuing Rs.1.6 million to the applicant.

In a similar case, the provincial local government and community development department has provided Rs.1.6 million as financial aid to the applicant Fouzia Bibi widow of Mahboob of Minchinabad tehsil of Bahawalnagar district and posted her son Ali Bahadur as Naib Qasid.

In a separate case, Ayesha Arif widow of Arif Mahmood has been given Rs.5 lakh as a death grant by Punjab Workers Welfare Board Lahore on the direction of the office of Ombudsman Punjab.

The applicants have appreciated the proactive approach of the ombudsman office to resolve their issues.