ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) has suspended the provision of Rs 25,000 per year financial aid to the unfortunate families who have more than one disabled child. According to details, on August 2008 PBM had initiated the project to address the miseries of families that have two or more disabled persons, across the country. Sources in PBM said that more than 300 such families were registered with PBM and first payment of Rs 25,000 was made by PBM to the registered families. An official of PBM said that they had suspended the provision as some news regarding registration of fake families with PBM in this regard had surfaced. He said that the authority wanted to help only the deserving families. He claimed that they had started the scrutiny of families who were getting aid under that programme and as soon as the procedure would be complete, the provision of amount to such ill-fated families will be resumed. Brushing aside the impression of non-availability of funds for the programme, he said that the authority just wanted to make the provision free and fair. However, he said that the PBM programme of unhindered provision of Rs 10,000 per year to families who have one disabled child, provision of wheel chairs, tri cycles, financial help to needy students and countrymen suffering from chronic diseases, and free meals to internally displaced persons across the country. Some sources also claimed that the decision was taken by PBM officials owing to the shortage of funds, but the official said that such families were given only the one installment of Rs. 25,000 during the year 2009, however late,r PBM refused the funds for deserving families. Sources also claimed that MD PBM Zamurrad Khan has taken up the issue with the Federal Government and asked for unhindered supply of funds to PBM so that its ongoing operations could be continued. He said that MD asked the officials in an official meeting not to disclose the issue to media as he was trying to resolve the issue and was hopeful in this regard. He further added that though the aid was too little but it had brought much needed relief to deserving families. He was hopeful that PBM would resume the programme. He said that the PBM was mindful of the problems being faced by the disabled kids and was doing all out efforts for their welfare and upkeep. This scribe tried to approach MD PBM Zamurrad Khan several times but his cell phone was switched off.