LAHORE: Zakat and Ushr Council Punjab on Monday approved Rs4433 million zakat budget for fiscal year 2018-19.
The approval was accorded in a meeting of Zakat and Ushr Council Punjab headed by its chairman justice (R) Akhtar Hassan and co-chairman Minister Zakat and Ushr Shaukat Ali Lalika. Secretary Zakat and Ushr Aamir Zamir, MPAs Muhammad Abdullah Warraich, Saeed Akbar Khan, Ahmed Shah Khagga, Syed Khawar Ali Shah, Saleem Bibi, Aysha Iqbal, and representatives of various government departments were also present in the meeting.
The meeting decided that funds would be released to district zakat committees, hospitals and other institutions in two installments and first installment would be released immediately to provide relief to deserving persons. Provincial Zakat and Ushr Council has also increased the salary of zakat paid staff.
Funds have been allocated for subsistence allowance, vocational educational stipends, hospitals. Ramadan and Eid grant, general educational stipends, madrassahs, health care, visually impaired persons, self-employment scheme, social rehabilitation and patients of leprosy.
Provincial Zakat and Ushr Council has also increased monthly stipends for visually impaired persons while funds have also been enhanced for subsistence allowance.