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Land, loans for jobless women, says Shazia Marri

The government would grant 16 acres and a loan for fertilizers, seeds and other expenses to jobless women, especially widows, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri said Monday morning. She was speaking at an open kutchery at the Peoples Secretariat.

Marri said that the government would provide 40,000 jobs besides imparting six-month vocational and technical training, along with stipends, to 300,000 people of the province under a programme launched in the name of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to alleviate unemployment.

The minister told people that the government had started advertising vacancies through the press and had advised jobless people to apply for jobs according to the procedure mentioned in the advertisements.

She said the government was also paying attention to the development of the agriculture sector. Marri mentioned an announcement made by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari regarding the construction of small dams in the province to overcome the shortage of irrigation water.

Marri said that efforts were underway to get rid of other problems, including the electricity crisis. She requested the business community to cooperate with the government and shut their business at the timings set by the government to preserve energy.

She listened to various problems of the people and issued orders. On a request by a woman for dowry for her daughter, Marri referred the application to the department of social welfare while on a complaint about a police official occupying agriculture land belonging to an old person, she immediately spoke to the IG Police.
Source: The News