Government resolves problems of religious minorities on priority basis: Minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine  

Government resolves problems of religious minorities on priority basis: Minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine  

LAHORE: The Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Ejaz Alam Augustine has said that the provincial government is resolving the problems faced by religious minorities on priority basis while work has been expedited to complete development projects in Christian communities. He said that a comprehensive program for security and renovation of churches etc has also been started While Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar has increased the amount of aid for religious minorities from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 per person. The provincial minister expressed these views while addressing a function to distribute relief cheques among Christians community at Tehsil Council Hall Sahiwal. Deputy Commissioner Babar Bashir, representatives of religious minorities and local PTI leaders were also present on the occasion. During the address, the provincial minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was taking personal interest in giving full rights to religious minorities, providing them religious freedom and resolving their issues. He said that Christmas was celebrated for the first time at the official level while the Kartarpur corridor was opened for the Sikh community and now the shrine of Maryamabad was also being opened in the same style so that Christians from abroad can visit to promote tourism. Provincial Minister Ejaz Alam Augustin said that 171 Christians of Sahiwal district are being given cheques of Rs 10,000 per person, out of which 111 belong to Sahiwal and 60 belong to Chichawatni tehsil. He further said that Special funds of Rs. 4 crore have been released for improvement and renovation of Christian colonies to promote model colonies as in the first phase, development work is underway in Yuhanabad at a cost of Rs. 300 million. At the end of the ceremony provincial minister also distributed relief cheques among the beneficiaries.