AJK Govt. increases Zakat Dowry Fund from Rs. 12,000/~ to Rs. 50,000/~

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Altaf Hamid Rao
MIRPUR(Parliament Times):  A high level meeting of Zakat Profit funds of AJK Government Wednesday approved more than Rs.  114.2 million  for for disbursement of Zakat Profit Fund among deserving people for due purposes.  Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi  chaired. The meeting decided to increase the Zakat Dowry Fund from Rs.  12,000/~ to Rs. 50,000/~.The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan, Secretary Finance Ismatullah Shah, Secretary Zakat and Ushr Sardar Javed Ayub and others.The meeting  decided to assist  deserving persons   for treatment only for those diseases which are not listed in the Health Facility Card. All the citizens of Azad Kashmir can avail their treatment free of cost through Health Card.  A committee headed by the Chief Secretary was constituted at the meeting to coordinate the treatment of the deserving persons.
Addressing the meeting the Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi  urged the officials to work diligently and to fulfill the purpose for which the department of Zakat has been set up and added that a transparent system of Zakat is essential in an Islamic welfare state. He said the main objective of the PTI government is to set up a society based on justice and to promote the oppressed section of the society.The department should search  the deserving people and leave no stone unturned in their support and assistance and the department should work carefully in this regard. The Prime Minister directed to formulate a policy for gaining public confidence in the collection of Zakat.  In this connection he underlined the need for evolving a transparent system for the equitable distribution of Zakat.