Yasir Humayun, the Punjab Higher Education Minister and head of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), has launched the e-Earn scheme, which would see the government set up co-working centres in 36 districts for 10,000 freelancers.
The Punjab government has launched the e-Earn programme to help freelancers across the state by opening co-working centres with contemporary amenities in various districts.
The co-working centres will be built with constant access to energy, internet, and workspace as well as a training hall for 10,000 freelancers.
While launching the initiative, Yasir Humayun revealed that the first co-working centre will open this week in Bahawalpur, with more to follow in Rawalpindi and Faisalabad.
The head of PITB, Yasir Humayun, explained the age requirements for acquiring seats in co-working spaces, adding that freelancers aged 18 to 36 will be allowed space.
To engage with the e-Earn initiative, individuals will require a solid freelance profile, a national identity card, and a Punjabi address, according to him. Freelancers will be able to reserve a seat in the co-working space for four months after paying a 40% charge, according to Yasir Humayun.
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