Press Release

ISLAMABAD, Dec 28 (APP): Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) has enhanced medical assistance allocations and simplified the applications approval procedure for ensuring prompt treatment of patients suffering from fatal diseases, Managing Director PBM Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh said Friday. Talking to media, he said the funds allocated for individuals financial assistance have been slashed and diverted to medical treatment ┬áto ensure maximum help to the patients diagnosed with life threatening diseases. Currently the treatment of 60 to 70 patients is being approved daily against 10 cases in the past, he said adding that the PBM has decided to establish its counters at government hospitals aimed at facilitating the patients and ensuring quick completion of formalities. The PBM would issue cheques within 24 hours after completing the inquiry, he added.Responding to a question he said, One Window Operation would start functioning at the PBM from next month for ensuring smooth services to the ┬ádeserving people. Abid Sheikh said his vision was to strengthen the department by making it more transparent, efficient and accessible to the needy people. Vowing to improve the aid giving system, he said a  complaint/suggestion box has been placed at the PBM for getting feedback of the visitors for improvements in services and accessibility. He observed PBM is providing financial assistance to a number of deserving people but majority of them belong to the urban areas and an awareness campaign would be launched soon to sensitize the people of remote areas,so that they could also apply for the grants, he said. The PBM would also make its network digitized and transparent to facilitate the deserving people in providing financial assistance on time and to avoid duplications. This would also help people keep track of their applications, he added. Responding to a query, he said Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal would establish old homes for the destitute senior citizens. A first such home would start functioning in Islamabad from January. About the expansion of Pakistan Sweet Homes project, Abid Waheed said  the PBM would take steps to remove flaws in the project working across the country to make it more viable for facilitating the orphans. A plan has also been devised to extend vocational training among the special persons to make them self-reliant, he said. Responding to a question he said the monitoring of PBM offices located in remote areas would be conducted by online system to make them efficient. The capacity building of the officials of the PBM would be ensured so that they can serve the deserving in an effective manner. A plan has been devised to automate the PBM functioning in phases due to huge cost of the project. He said he was always available for the deserving applicants who could personally meet him, if required.