Lahore: The Punjab in-charge minister for education has announced that the first week after summer vacation in educational institutions will be spent for the collection of relief items and edibles for the flood-hit.
Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said the students were playing an active role in the relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people.
The minister was speaking at a function held in connection with dispatch of relief items for the calamity-hit people of Rajanpur, arranged by Educational Welfare Association (EWA) for private schools on Monday.
With the efforts of the higher education department and Youth Commission, the minister said, the first consignment of 13 truckloads of relief items worth Rs5.425 million had been sent to the calamity-hit areas. He said five trucks of relief items were being sent by the EWA. He said relief activities would accelerate after the reopening of schools at the end of summer vacation.
The minister said it was a matter of satisfaction that students of private schools belonging to lower-middle class had collected one kilogram ration each and sent five truckloads of relief items for the calamity-hit people that vividly reflect their humanitarian spirit.
MNA Saad Rafiqe said a survey had been started for the assessment of losses in the affected areas and students would also be taken on board in the exercise and rehabilitation process. He said about 3,000 students would perform various duties in the affected areas under this programme.
Moreover, he said, interest-free loan of Rs5 million would be given to the flood-affected with the cooperation of Akhuwat Foundation and Khwaja Rafique Shaheed Foundation for the provision of employment opportunities to the affected people.
MPA Muhammad Yasin Sohal and office-bearers of the association also spoke on the occasion. Dawn