The admission of poor children of low paid govt employees (BPS-1 to 7) of nation building departments for their free education under Ujala Welfare Society has been tripled for next academic year which was 86 last year and will be 250 from next year.
It included free tuition fees, uniform, books and transportation facilities for the poor students. Arrangements in this regard were finalized in a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Society that was chaired by the Society President and Secretary C&W Engr Zahid Arif at his office in Peshawar.
The Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti is patron-in-chief of this society. The meeting was attended by its members including industrialists, philanthropists and govt officers viz Salim Khan, Director PDA, DG FDRD Irrigation, Provincial Chief NBP, Director PHA, Director FHA, Director PTCL, AO FATA, MD PkHA, CE North C&W, CE Center C&W, Director P&M and Shakir Habib, DS C&W deptt.On this occasion the meeting was told that additional donations of Rs 26 lakh have been collected by the member following appeal of the chairman for increasing funds of the society.
Similarly prominent industrialist and ex-president KP Chamber of Commerce & Industry Riaz Arshad announced bearing expenses of the 22 orphans of the Dhaki suicide blast who were martyred with Bashir Bilour Shaheed. New website of the society viz <ujalakpk.com> was also introduced on this occasion containing lists of the members, financial contributors, beneficiaries, membership form as well as income and expenditure statements for transparent use of the funds. The meeting was told that the sale of engineering book “Road Guide” authored and donated by Engr Zahid Arif for the society, besides proving useful reference material for budding engineers also enhanced income of the society to the tune of Rs 5.5 Million.
It was further revealed that talent scholarships and awards schemes were being introduced among the poor students to promote sense of competition among them. Secretary Communication & Works Engr Zahid Arif underlined the need of encouraging the Society by the civil society for imparting free education to poor children of class-4 govt employees.