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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Pakistan: Minister emphasizes coordination between Zakat and Bait ul Maal schemes

ISLAMABAD, Nov 7 (APP): Federal Minister for Zakat and Ushr Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri Friday stressed upon coordination between Zakat distribution system and Bait-ul-Mal schemes to avoid overlapping and make the system more transparent.
He made these remarks after a comprehensive briefing about prevalent Zakat system and its dissemination plan across the country.
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Zakat and Ushr Khawas Khan Niazi, gave the briefing.
The Minster expressed satisfaction at the system being carried out by the Ministry.
However, he said that coordination between dissemination system of Zakat and Bait ul Maal is a must to provide more benefits to the deserving sections of the society.
“ Some similar projects of Zakat and Bait-ul-Mal exist that should be streamlined in order to reap fruits of these systems”, he said, adding there must be close coordination between the two departments.
The Minister asserted that public confidence should be restored on the charity projects of Zakat and Ushr through vast media campaign.
“Only large scale campaign for the charity projects can rejuvenate the confidence of the masses”, he added.
Earlier, Khawas Khan Niazi while briefing the Minster said annually around Rs.4 billion are collected for from across the country.
He said the deficit has been met through the reserved amount that has already been depleted to Rs. 11 billion from Rs. 20 billion.
The Minster was informed about the Zakat disbursement mechanism that is controlled by the Central Zakat Committee, Provincial Zakat Committees, District Zakat Committees and finally through the local Zakat Committees.
The Budget amount is transferred by Central Zakat Council to Provincial Zakat Councils on population basis.
The Provincial Zakat Councils further distribute available funds to District Zakat Committees on population basis and so on.
Some important and useful schemes launched by the Central Zakat Council in the interest of poor beneficiaries were also discussed at length.
Those schemes were General Allowance, Educational Stipends, Health Care, Social Welfare, Marriage Grant and Scholarship for Technical Education.
AP of Pakistan

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