PM summons meeting of NDMC


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Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani summoned a meeting of National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) on Wednesday (today) to review progress on rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures for the millions of flood-affected people, waiving of agriculture loans and to work out a package to lessen their sufferings.

Addressing a group of parliamentarians and flood-affected people during his visit to the area to monitor relief activities for the flood-affected people of D.I.Khan, Shorkot and adjoining areas on Tuesday said the government would try to replicate the successful handling of 2.5 million Internally Displaced Persons of Swat and Malakand, but on a much larger scale.

He said not only these people were provided food, shelter and medical aid, but were able to return to their home in a record time of three months.

Gilani said he would chair a meeting of the of the National Disaster Management Commission, that would be attended by the four Chief Ministers and would discuss waiving of loans, in consultation with the ministry of Finance, and a uniform policy would be adopted for the country as large tracts of agriculture land have been severely damaged.

He said close coordination and better understanding among the federal and provincial governments would greatly facilitate in streamlining the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

The Prime Minister said a joint strategy was the need of the hour to effectively confront the challenges of relief and rehabilitation.

The Prime Minister said the government was working on the three aspects of rescue, relief and rehabilitation by gearing up its entire machinery to reach out to the affected people and help them resume their normal lives.