Islamabad: The Senate Wednesday resumed discussion on the situation arising out of recent unprecedented and devastating floods in the country. Members representing different political parties referred to the large scale devastation caused by floods and said sustained efforts will have to be made for rehabilitation of affected people and restoration of the damaged infrastructure. They demanded that there should be total transparency during reconstruction and funds would be distributed justly under the guidance of the National Oversight Council.
They also proposed that if the government decides to impose any new tax to mobilize resources then its impact should not be felt by lower and middle class. Some of them also proposed that Pakistan should demand debt write off from the international community. Those who took part in the discussion so far included Deputy Chairman Senate Jan Muhammad Jamalli, Mian Raza Rabbani, Afrasayab Khattak, Zahid Khan and Wali Muhammad Badeni.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that although the magnitude of the devastation caused by the floods is huge yet the government utilized all its resources to minimize human sufferings to a great extent due to timely action. He specially mentioned about the effective measures which helped to prevent the epidemics in the affected areas. The Prime Minister was talking to Parliamentarians who called on him at his Parliament House Chamber here Wednesday. Appreciating the role played by the individual philanthropists, the private organizations, the entrepreneurs and the media organizations during the relief activities, the Prime Minister said that this kind of spirit is the hallmark of Pakistani nation. He expressed confidence that the nation would exhibit the same zeal the next phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction for its early would be completion.
Furthermore Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gialni and presented two cheques worth Rs. 14 million for the Prime Minister’s relief Fund for flood affectees. The cheques included Rs. 4 million on behalf of Federal Board of Education and Rs. 10 million on behalf of the Federal Directorate of Education. Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. Muhammad Azam Swati also called on Prime Minister separately and presented water coolers and solar lights for the flood affectees. NNI