Steps being taken for minorities’ uplift: Akram Gill

Islamabad: Minister of State for National Harmony Akram Masih Gill has said government is taking all possible steps for the welfare and social uplift of the minorities to remove the sense of deprivation among them.

The minister expressed these views while addressing an opening ceremony of National Shrine of Merry in Marriamabad, Khanqah Dogran, Sheikhupura.

The minister said government is trying its best to provide the minorities with opportunities of best and standard education in the country and for the purpose the amount of scholarship for minorities’ students is being increased from Rs.16 to 20 million.

“Efforts are also being made to get scholarships for the students of minority community to send them abroad for higher and standard studies so that they can serve their homeland better after completion of their education”, he added.

The minister said four seats have been reserved in the Senate for the minorities first time to enable them to struggle for their rights.

Ambassador Holy See, Edger Pino Para and Bishop Saubistian Shaw attended the ceremony. About more than five lac devotees visited the shrine.

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