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By: SAJJAD PARVEZ

The Punjab government has launched a project to make deserving widows of less than sixty years of age financially self-supporting in rural areas across the province at a cost of two point seven billion rupees. 

The deserving widows, who have school-going children, will be provided free-of-cost buffaloes, cows, sheep and goats. 

To start with, the project was launched from Bahawalpur in a ceremony in which at least two hundred and twenty five deserving widows selected from the rural areas of the Bahawalpur district were given away buffaloes, cows, goats and sheep. 

While presiding over the ceremony, Punjab Minister for Cooperatives Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar said that schemes had been introduced by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan and Muzaffargarh districts to make widows financially sound to be able to run their families and meet education expenses of their children by up-bringing the livestock in their own houses. 

He said that one hundred and fifty widows of Bahawalpur and Khairpur Tamewali tehsils had been given through draws one each buffalo or cow while seventy widows of rural areas of Hasilpur, Yazman and Ahmedpur East tehsils were handed over two goats or sheep each. 

He said that field employees of the Livestock Department would provide free-of-cost treatment and vaccination to animals of widows regularly at their doorstep.


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