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Parliamentary body, CM Sindh review relief measures in rain-hit districts

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KARACHI: The parliamentary committee, constituted by the Prime Minister Syed Yousif Raza Gillani, discussed at length disaster situation in rain-hit districts of Sindh and reviewed emerngy measures taken by the provincial government address to miseries of the affected peoples.

Presided over by the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the meeting was held here at the Chief Minister House today.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Mr. Nazar Muhammad Gondal MNA, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaera MNA, Raja Pervaiz Asharf MNA, Ms. Rubina Qaim Khani MNA, Chairmen Baitul Maal Mr. Zamurud Khan, Mr. Nayar Bukhari Senator, Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Revenue Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Minister Irrigation Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Minister Information Sharjeel Enam Memon, Minister for Rehabilitation Haji Muzaffar Shujra, Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, ACS(P&D) Malik Israr, Relief Commissioner Sindh Mr. Shazar Shamoon, Secretary to C.M Mr. Alamuddin Bullo, Provincial Secretaries for Finance Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch, Livestock Mr. Laeeq Memon, Secretary Rehabilitation / D.G (PDMA) Mr. Saleh Qureshi and others attended the meeting.

The committee discussed matters pertaining to emergency measures to combat the situation and make necessary arrangements for early supply of relief goods particularly the tents, food, medicines, clean drinking water for rain affected people.

The meeting also decided that assistance or relief goods dispatched by federal government through National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) would be handed over to the provincial government and Provincial Disaster Management Authority, which would then distribute among the affectees judiciously.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah also directed that the headquarter of Provincial Disaster Management Authority be shifted immediately to Hyderabad, where all consignments and relief goods etc in trailors and trucks would be received and further disbursed /forwarded to respective districts.

The entire province has been battered by the devastating rains, but 70 percent losses in lower Sindh along,” Syed Qaim Ali Shah said.

He said that a suitable and capable minister or advisor would be assigned the task to receive, disburse, supervise and monitor the process of relief aid at Hyderabad.

The meeting was informed that the provincial government has already allocated Rs one billion out of allocated Rs5 billion from its own resources for providing Rs10,000 to each affected family, whose house has been damaged.

Later, the meeting also took stock of the relief goods dispatched by NDMA and received by PDMA. It proposed the district administrations be directed to receive and unload the tents, food items, medicines, and nets, etc and ensure their just distribution among the genuine affectees .

Sources told Pakistan Times that the meeting was also informed that federal government so far supplied 30,000 nets while the remaining 70,000- nets would be supplied to PDMA at Hyderabad to protect people from the dengue virus.

The parliamentary Committee informed that PDMA should send demand of requirement particularly the medicines, which will be supplied immediately as the medicines are in surplus with federal government, and there is no any shortage, sources said.

They further told Pakistan Times that the meeting was also informed that over 5.5 million people have badly been affected and are facing hardships. It was also informed that some of the friendly countries like China and Iran have already announced assistance, and there consignment are to be received soon. It was also informed that the NDMA has out of 90,000 tents, supplied so far 40,000 tents while the remaining will be supplied within couple of days.

It was informed except NDMA, the PDMA has in all distributed 1,06,000 tents, which include 31,782 tents of PDMA, 9,000 tents of Red crescent, etc.

Director General of PDMA informed the meeting that 6,52,715 food packets have been distributed by PDMA in all districts of the province, which include 2,12,840 for Badin district, 1,22,850 for Mirpurkhas district, 85340 packets for Tando Muhammad Khan, 67,739 packets for Shaheed Benazirabad district, 33,400 packets in Tando Allahyar district.

He said that 26,665 bags of rice bags (50 kg each) have so far been distributed in various districts of the province.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah told meeting that monitoring and distribution committees headed by minister or MPA have already formed and it is hoped that the said committees will work to the expectations of affected people.

The chief minister also directed provincial finance department to release Rs300 million for immediate repairs of damaged roads so that the same are made motorable.

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Saleem Shaikhhttp://saleemshaikh.blogspot.com/
The writer is a development journalist. He writes on water, sanitation, environment, climate change, agriculture, women development, human rights, education, health, development budgets and economy.
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