Replenished Sindh Non-Muslim Welfare Committee with more members


The Sindh government reconstituted the Sindh Non-Muslim Welfare Committee on Tuesday to induct some new leaders from various minority communities.

According to a recent notification issued by the Department of Minority Affairs, replacing the previous notification and with the approval of the Chief Minister, the committee would now include 20 members representing different religious communities.

The committee is headed by Giyan Chand Essarani, the Minister for Minority Affairs, who replaced Hari Ram Kishori Lal during the recent cabinet reshuffle in Sindh. Lal is now a member of the committee.

Other members include Minister of Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla, MPA Dr Lal Chand Ukrani, MNA Mahesh Kumar Malani, MNA Ramesh Lal, MPA Rana Hamir Singh, Senator Engineer Ghayan Chand and Senator Krishna Kumari,

Special assistants to the Chief Minister of Sindh, Dr Khatu Mal Jeewan, Surender Vilasai, Punjo Mal Bheel and Lal Chand Ukrani were also included in the committee. Senator Anwar Lal Dean and MPP Anthony Naveed were represented by the Christian community.

Sardar Ramesh Singh, a leader of the Pakistan Sikh Council, and Tushanamaity Patil, a social activist from the Parsi community, are also committee members along with Kamla Bai and Mukhi Odha Mal.

The Minority Affairs Secretary is a member and moderator of the committee. Another member is Hyderabad’s Director of Minority Affairs.

The main objective of the committee is to resolve the problems of religious minorities and to approve administrative approval for the repair, renovation and maintenance of places of worship of non-Muslim communities.

Meanwhile, Essarani visited the Shri Anandpur temple in Clifton on Saturday and inspected the ongoing development work there.

During the visit, the Minister of Minority Affairs asked the Director of Minority Affairs of Sindh, Abdul Shakoor Abro, to step up the pace of work at the temple and pay special attention to its quality.

Essarani said that the welfare of minorities is one of the priorities of the Sindh government and that the Pakistan People’s Party has always taken practical steps to ensure the rights of minorities.

He added that the development works of religious places of worship, scholarships and financial aid would be approved upon recommendation of the Sindh Non-Muslim Welfare Committee on merit. He argued that the Hindu, Christian, Scheduled, Sikh and Parsee communities had been fully represented on the committee.

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