ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) is still waiting for the release of a reserved amount of Rs100 million allocated for the current fiscal year for the construction of working women hostels in G-6/2 and G-7/3 from the finance division.
The land for hostels was allocated some twelve years ago, and an amount of Rs10 million had been reserved for construction hostel in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2014-15, but the ministry surrendered the money underutilized, following which no funds were earmarked in next fiscal year.
The issue was raised in the first meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee of Human Rights held on March 14, 2015, in which the ministry officials apprised the committee that no budget was allocated for the scheme in the ongoing fiscal year.
A high official MoHR told the media that the summary of the project had been forwarded to the Central Development Working Party(CDWP) for approval, after which further action was to be taken.
Accommodation is a big challenge for the working women employed in different government, semi-government and private organizations of the capital.
Only a limited number of working women hostels are offering residential facilities at affordable rates including Fatima Jinnah Hostel under the Ministry of Housing and Works, Working Women Hostel under Ministry of Human Rights and Social Welfare Hostel under Establishment Division.
Besides the fact that there are numerous private hostels that are available in different areas of the city, the residents always complain about their high rates and poor living facilities creating a number of problems for them.
The hostels were a long-standing demand as private hostels are not only over saturated but are also very expensive compared to the living conditions in these facilities.
A large number of working women and students come from far-flung villages in search of jobs and for studying in different educational institutions. More often than not, the first problem they face is to find a suitable shelter for living.
Away from the solace of family members these students and working women face multiple problems ranging from accommodation to cultural adjustments.