Shamim Mumtaz lays foundation of senior citizens rehabilitation center at new Karachi

Karachi, October 05, 2016 (PPI-OT): Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz laid foundation stone of Senior Citizens Rehabilitation Center at G-5 Sector of New Karachi which will be completed in June 2018 with a cost of Rs. 70.5 millions. The center will cater 50 senior citizens (50% for both women and men) and residential, library, indoor games, social and psychiatric counselling, physiotherapy and basic health facilities will be provided to senior citizens at the center.

Addressing the ceremony, Provincial Minister urged the local people to own development schemes and look after it like they took care of their own properties. She said that older people have contributed immensely for the prosperity of our families, society and country. “It is our utmost responsibility to recognize their services and dispel the impression that they are burden and useless now,” she added. Provincial minister said that senior citizens were our role model and society can be benefitted from their experiences.

She said that on the directives of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah was striving day and night for development and prosperity of common man. She proudly informed that Sindh became the first province to pass bill for comprehensive package for senior citizens who were 60 years old or above. “As per law, senior citizens were provided 25% discounts in medical treatment at private hospitals, 50% discounts in the fares both public and private transport within the city, 25% discounts at recreation centres, cinemas etc, and free service for funeral and burial on the death of senior citizens etc,” she informed.

She announced to name rehabilitation center after Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad senior citizen aged above 80 who attended the ceremony as role model of senior citizens. On the occasion, Fateha was also offered for Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto , Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and other martyrs.

Later Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Ms. Shamim Mumtaz alongwith Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad laid foundation stone of Rehabilitation Center. Large number of people of area and Pakistan Peoples Party workers including PPP President PS 99 Sohail Sami Dehlvi, former President PS 99 Sher Afzal Tanoli, Abdul Jabbar, Abba Hussain, Muhammad Ali Baloch , Asif Arain, Kashif Arain, Maqsood Qureshi and others were also attended the ceremony.

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