Baitulmal, A Tool for Poverty Alleviation, A Myth or Reality


  • Train low-income group of women
  • Focus on poor widows and orphan girls
  • Training emphasis on  income-generating activities

Eligibility criteria:

  • Feasibility on the basis of two shifts of 30 trainees in each, with 2 instructors and 1 Qaria
  • Availability of poor and needy trainees with no support or source of income in the following categories:-
  • Widows with dependent children
  • Orphans
  • Destitute
  • Poor Female
  • Involvement of local public representative

Salient Features:

  • Destitute, needy widows, orphan, and poor girls are eligible for admission
  • Involvement of the local community, NGOs / CBOs, philanthropists, and social workers is ensured for the selection of students on merit
  • The schools are operated on a double shift basis.
  • Daily stipend @ Rs.10/- on an attendance basis is paid to each trainee.
  • The number of trainees is 60 for one session of six months duration in VDS and 120 in DVDS.
  • Courses offered are cutting, drafting, tailoring, hand embroidery, machine embroidery and hand knitting
  • The raw material is provided free of cost
  • All Vocational Dastkari Schools / Diversified Vocational Dastkari Schools have to be registered with respective Provincial Technical Board
  • So far 49,123 trainees have been passed out

Food Support Programme (FSP)

The Food Support Program (FSP) was a social safety net targeting the poorest of the poor to provide relief due to an increase in wheat prices since August 2000 with an annual budget of Rs.2.5 (b). Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) administers FSP in collaboration with Pakistan Post Office and Provincial Governments. Due to the efficacy and effectiveness of the program, the Federal Government revised the ceiling from Rs.2000/- to Rs.2400/- in F.Y 2003-04 paid bi-annually and from Rs. 2400 to Rs. 3000 in F.Y 2005-06 paid annually along with an increase in coverage from 1.25 (m) households to 1.46 (m) households. From current F. Y 2007-08 the annual budget of FSP has been increased from Rs. 4.38 (b) to 6 (b) along with coverage from 1.46 (m) to 2 (m) households.  Since the inception of FSP Rs. 24.215 billion have been paid in 13 installments.


Support wheat purchasing capacity of the poorest, launched in August 2000 at the time of wheat crop harvesting.

Increase the storage capacity of wheat


An annual subsidy of Rs.3000/- per household Rs. 24.175 (b) disbursed since 2000

Eligibility Criteria

Assistance is provided to needy individuals having no support or source of income in the following order of priority:

  • Individual with major ailments/disability
  • Widows with dependent children
  • Invalid with dependent children
  • Infirm (senior citizens above 65)
  • Orphans
  • Destitute
  • Victims of unpredictable circumstances


  • Govt. employees and their family members
  • Beneficiaries of other social welfare agencies
  • False declaration or provision of wrong information may result in recoveries and permanent ineligibility or debar from all PBM schemes.

    Salient Features

  • An annual subsidy of Rs.3000/- is paid to each of 2 (m) households annually through their accounts in post offices/Banks countrywide
  • 13.6 (m) people benefit from FSP (average 6.8 per family)
  • 3% of the total allocation is used for minorities households FSP Steering Committees constituted at the Federal, Provincial, and District levels for implementation and monitoring


  • Applications are received at PBM Offices, Zakat Committees, District, Tehsil & Union Council Nazims, and DCO Offices.
  • Applications are verified & scrutinized by the DCOs through a task force
  • Applications recommended by the task forces are considered/approved by the District Food Support Steering Committees (DFSSCs) keeping in view the district quota.


Pakistan Bait al-Mal has taken a step forward as a challenge to provide a wheelchair to all those who are disabled and can’t move.  Think for a while!   If a disabled get a chair of his own and that too with respect & honor, how the life of that individual can be transformed & he can do wonders in days to come. In the history of Pakistan, first time a family that consists of 02 or more disabled has been given the status of Special Friend of PBM. This means, now this family would be legally authorized to get Rs. 25000/- rupees per-annum from PBM and also wheelchairs, hearing Aid, white canes & artificial Limbs if needed? MD Bait-ul-Mal offers in addition a forum for self-promotion through which those disabled who have extra talent can win the hearts of people using media where they are shown receiving gold and silver medals. This promotes self-esteem and respect in them.

  1. Thousands of White Canes
  2. Dozen of Hearing Aid equipment
  3. Hundreds of Artificial Limbs have been provided free of cost through different hospitals of Pakistan.
  4. So far PBM has distributed thousands of wheelchairs throughout Pakistan besides cash assistance of millions of rupees.

As provided in PBM Act 1991(Amended)-Chapter-II, Clause-3(4), Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal is working for provision of assistance to needy persons, either in the shape of amount or kind. Most of the patients and their attendants, who come from far flung areas for treatment in Hospitals, belong to poor families. These helpless attendants are in need of basic necessities like food etc. PBM Management has, therefore, decided to launch “Lungar Project” for the poor attendants of patients in 200 designated Hospitals of all districts of Pakistan (at least one in a District). As pilot, Langer programme has been started in the following hospitals:-

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