KPK govt pays Rs 6.6 million scholarships to minorities’ students

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Special Assistant to Chief Minister for Minorities Affairs Sardar Soran Singh on Monday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has paid Rs 6.6 million under the head of scholarships for minorities’ students of different grades.

Addressing a prize distribution ceremony here, he said the government is also paying grants for free uniform to students of minorities’ schools, marriage grants, poverty grants and scholarships, adding that measures are being taken for renovation of religious places of the minorities across the province.

Soran Singh recalled during the year 2015-16 as many as 500 minorities’ students across the province got technical training in different trades including tailoring, beautician, electrical, mobile repairing and computer learning.

Similarly, he said 310 students were trained during the year 2014-15.

He said the government has increased minorities’ quota from one per cent to three per cent in government jobs and intends to further increase it by five per cent in future.

Soran Singh said the provincial government is taking revolutionary measures for welfare and uplift of minorities.