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Govt to utilize all available resources for flood victims’ rehabilitation: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has reiterated commitment of his Government to utilize all available resources for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the flood affected people. He appreciated the joint efforts of the entire parliamentarian and the services of the Federal Ministers in the wake of the devastating floods in rescue and relief operations.

The Prime Minister was talking to Federal Ministers who called on him at Prime Minister’s Secretariat on Wednesday. The Prime Minister urged all the Ministers to use their resources and manpower for the upcoming phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction.

He stressed the need for early finalization of agreements with the donors to expedite the inflow of grants and loans for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the flood affected people and regions. He asked them to sensitize the donor agencies and the expatriates about the immediate needs; winter tents, warm clothes, medicines and water purifiers for the flood victims.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministers to prioritize the development schemes in their respective ministries to spare funds for the upcoming phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction. The Ministers apprised the Prime Minister of the progress of the ongoing development schemes in their ministries.

Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan, Minister for Ports and Shipping, Mr. Babur Ghauri, Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Mr. Farooq Sattar and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Division, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar were present in the meeting.

While the Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad Wednesday reviewed the second phase of rehabilitation of floods affectees. Briefing newsmen about Cabinet decisions Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said flood water has almost receded from flood hit areas of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Punjab while in Sindh fourteen percent flood water has receded.

He said the reduction of flood water has eased the relief efforts and now all the organizations have easy access to the affectees. The Information Minister said so far over three hundred twenty two thousand Watan cards have been distributed among the flood affected people, involving six and a half billion rupees.

The Cabinet approved the decisions of the ECC meeting and approved a programme being launched by a French Development Agency, Asian Development Bank and Government of Pakistan at a cost of nine hundred and eighty million dollars. Under this programme work would be initiated to meet energy crisis in the country with more efficiency.-SANA

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