LAHORE – The women welfare projects will get Rs14.2 billion during current fiscal, said Punjab’s Planning and Development Secretary Arif Anwar Balouch while addressing a seminar on gender responsive budgeting on Saturday.

Projects for women welfare have been prepared keeping in view the ground realities and getting response from the concerned government departments and other stakeholders, he said and expressed his confidence towards success of the projects.

Balouch further said that an amount of Rs 4.5 billion is also being allocated for mother and child health care in the province which itself explains the government’s commitment towards women.

He said that Rs 100 million have also been allocated for setting up of `day care centres’ to handle children of working women and enabling them to work with dedication and commitment during their duty hours by ignoring their concerns towards their infants.

Quota of 15% employment of women in jobs have also been allocated which is a revolutionary step, he said. He further said that a special fund for development of women have also been constituted with the allocation of Rs 500 million.

The government is also working on reforming laws to enable the women to get their due share from the inherited properties, Anwar Balouch said adding, after these reforms no one would be able to deprive the women of their share.