96,540 persons availed facilities at shelter homes in KP so far

PESHAWAR: A total of 96,540 people belonging to marginalized and vulnerable segments of the society have availed various facilities at four functional shelter homes (Panagahs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The statistic of the Social Welfare Department showed that 79,958 individuals were served with two times meals, 8,291 availed the night stay facility and  8,201 breakfasts.

Presently, Panagah at Peshawar, Mardan, Swat, and Abbottabad are functional while Panagah at Kohat, Bannu, and D.I Khan is to be made functional by the end of August and another Panagah at the provincial metropolitan will be made functional by end of September this year.

These shelter homes are providing free transportation facilities, night stay, dinner and breakfast through philanthropists, gas electricity, hot and cold water facilities besides provision of soaps, towels, hand sanitizers, and recreational facilities.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has earmarked a 93.06 million budget under the ADP scheme for the establishment of Panagahs at the divisional headquarters level.

The appointments of essential staff and vehicles have been provided pick and drop facility and other equipment distributed to respective Panagah.

The Model Panagah at Pajagi road has a dining room, dispensary, hujra, barber room, laundry, women and family rooms, recreational hall, and prayer place. – APP