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PHC delegation visits Islamkot and Odani village to provide financial assistance

Lahore : Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member of National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has questioned that how long Tharparkar would be neglected by the provincial government. He was leading a high-level delegation of Pakistan Hindu Council, comprising of President Hotchand Kirmani, Finance Secretary Paman Lal, Dr Shankar Lal and Aakash Manjiani, to visit Islamkot and Odani village in Tharparkar where 220 houses burn down recently.

The delegation was briefed that more than 2,000 people lost their homes and around 200 animals including sheep and cows were also burnt. “A fire that started in a house stoked by a fast wind soon engulfed whole Odani village of Tharparkar at around 11:30 am on the morning of April 4,” a local told. The delegation also lauded the timely arrival of Sindh Rangers to carry on rescue operations.

Dr Ramesh Vankwani, while expressing extreme grief on the loss of poor people, has assured providing maximum support for rehabilitation purpose. On the occasion, Pakistan Hindu Council, with the collaboration of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, provided financial support of Rs 10,000 each house. Moreover, scholarships for deserving 100 students were also distributed by Pakistan Hindu Council. Each student received Rs 10,000 to continue his education.

“Currently, Pakistan Hindu Council is running 13 schools across the Tharparkar where as many as 700 students are getting education,” Dr Ramesh told, while urging that law and order, education and health should be top priorities of the government. He regretted that 32 out of 35 government schools are found to be non functional in Tharparkar and no action could be taken so far despite informing the chief minister in writing. Dr Ramesh urged civil society to play proactive role in this regard.

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