BISP beneficiaries to be trained in industrial skills

Source:  Dawn.com Published in Current Affairs on Monday, November 16, 2015

SIALKOT: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has chalked out a multi-phased plan to provide training in various advanced industrial skills to 300 beneficiary families in the district in collaboration with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).

BISP Gujranwala Division Director Nadeem Alam Butt said this while talking to the media here on Sunday.

Butt called BISP a revolutionary programme, saying both the programme and SCCI would start the training for 350 factories and industrial units in January, as all documentation had been completed and necessary arrangements finalised. He said there were 20,000 beneficiary women in the district out of which 300 would be provided training in advanced industrial skills in the first phase of this phased programme.

The director added that each woman getting the training would be given a stipend of Rs3,000 every month during the training after which they would be given Rs13,000 each as salary in local factories. He also said earlier more than 20,000 deserving women were getting Rs1,500 as aid every month by BISP, while after the training the women would be able to earn Rs13,000 to Rs25,000 each month.

STRIKE: Protesting teachers and students of Govt Murray College called off their strike after assurance by local MPAs regarding not privatising the college.

A delegation of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) called on MPAs Chaudhry Muhammad Ikram and Manshaullah Butt at the district coordination officer’s (DCO) office and expressed apprehensions about the proposed privatisation of the college.

DCO Dr Asif Tufail, Govt Murray College Principal Prof Javaid Akhtar Billah, Colleges Deputy Director Dr Liaquat Suhail Mir and PPLA officials Prof Mehar Ilyas, Prof Ishaq Bajwa, Prof Naseer Ahmed Ghazi and Prof Shehzad Tufail were also present on the occasion.

The MPAs expressed solidarity with the protesting professors and lecturers and assured them of taking up the matter with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. They assured the educationists the college would not be denationalised.

PPLA officials said privatisation would mean closing the door to affordable education to more than 6,000 students.

After the meeting, the PPLA officials told the media they had called off their peaceful strike following assurance by the parliamentarians.