Institutions part of federal govt single minded in helping flood affectees: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that institutions part of the federal government were determined to rehabilitate flood hit people with the help of international community. While addressing affected people at a relief camp at model high school Jampur, he said that some elements were trying to create perception that government, armed forces, and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) were separate.

“We are all one,” the Prime Minister said adding that all the four Chief Ministers had attended the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) that had decided to pay Rs 20,000 to each flood hit family.
Gilani said Army, Navy and Air Force were part of the federal government and were helping the flood hit people on the government’s instructions.
He said he has asked Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to look into providing waiver to flood hit consumers on electricity bills.
The farmers would also get some form of relief in agriculture loans of banks, he added.
He announced that growers having landholding below 25 acres would get seeds and fertilizers free of cost.
The Prime Minister said that elements engaged in creating misconceptions do not let any opportunity pass to criticise the government.
They had said that government had announced to provide Rs 20,000 assistance to each affected family before Eid. However, PM explained, actually government had promised to start the process of distribution of financial assistance before Eid and the provinces had begun paying the affectees.
The Prime Minister pledged that every person whose  houses were demolished in floods will get Rs 100,000 assistance without any discrimination, whether he had brick or mud house, hut or a one or two room house.