CHAKWAL: The Punjab government handed over 34 cattle – seven buffaloes and 27 cows – to 34 disabled woman from various parts of the Chakwal district on Wednesday.
A ceremony was held in this regard at the Municipal Stadium in Chakwal city, which was attended by Livestock and Dairy Development Director General Dr Qurban Hussain, Regional Director Dr Ghulam Hussain Bhutta, Chakwal Additional Director Dr Mohsin Raza, District Council Chairman Malik Tariq Aslam Awan and Vice Chairman Chaudhry Khurshid Baig.
Dr Hussain said at the event that the cattle were being given to disabled women from underprivileged families under Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s project to improve their financial condition.
“These cattle are insured. If cattle belonging to anyone die, the government would provide her with another,” he said.
He added that his department would remain in touch with the cattle owners and would provide cattle with free medication.
Talking to Dawn, Dr Raza said that animals were given in a transparent process.
“All the women are holders of disabled certificates and also possess Khidmat Cards that were issued by the Punjab government,” he said.
He added that those looking after the women would also tend to their cattle.
“The cows and buffaloes are of high quality breed. By selling their milk a woman could earn a handsome amount of money,” he said.
Published in Dawn, June 15th, 2017