KP decides to establish four more Darul Amans

PESHAWAR: The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tuesday decided to establish four more Darul-Amans – one each in District D.I.Khan, Buner, Nowshera and Swabi.
The decision was taken in a meeting regarding Panahgahs (Shelter Homes) and Darul-Aman (Women Crisis Centers) held here with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair.
The meeting reviewed progress on the implementation of chief minister’s directions on the subject matter issued in the last meeting.
Briefing the participants of the meeting about Darul-Amans, it was informed that presently eight Darul-Amans were fully functional in various districts of the province while work on the establishment of Darul-Aman at Lower Dir is in progress whereas Darul-Aman at Kohat was being upgraded.
It was further informed that as per the directions of the chief minister, all the male staff in Darul Aman except watchmen had been replaced with females whereas 72 number of new vacancies were being created to overcome the deficiency of staff in Darul-Amans, adding that advisory committee for all the Darul-Aman have been notified and uniform food menu for all the Darul-Amans has also been put in place. Briefing the meeting about Panahgahs in the province, it was apprised that the provincial government had inked an agreement with Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal for the establishment and operation of eight number of Panahgahs with two in the provincial capital Peshawar and one at divisional headquarters, adding that out of which four are already been functional and so far about 97,000 people have availed facilities in those Panahgahs. It was noted that the remaining four Panahgahs would be made functional next month, adding hiring of staff, purchase of vehicles and other necessary equipment for these Panahgahs had been completed.
The meeting was informed that rules have been approved under the Panahgahs Act 2020, while work on the constitution of boards for those Panahgahs was also underway.
The chief minister directed the quarter concerned to include politicians and philanthropists in the boards as members so that better administration of Panahgahs could be ensured.
The chief minister also directed the authorities concerned to ensure implementation of uniform food manual in Darul-Amans and said that teams should visit to Darul-Amans and submit report in this regard.
He further directed the authorities concerned to submit proposals for the establishment of training centers for the rehabilitation and skills development of drug addicts in order to make them useful citizens. – APP