NODMC to ensure transparency in utilization of foreign assistance for flood victims: PM

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday said that National Oversight Disaster Management Council (NODMC) has been constituted through national consensus as well as in line with devolution of powers to the federating units provided for under the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.He said the NODMC consists of people of impeccable integrity and repute and its members are nominated by federal as well as all the provincial governments including AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.Under its Terms of Reference, he added, NODMC is fully empowered to ensure transparency, accountability and judicious utilization of the foreign assistance for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the flood affected areas.
The Prime Minister was talking to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan who alongwith a delegation called on him here at the PM House on Friday.
Gilani said that NODMC was totally a non-governmental and non-political body having support of all political parties and endorsed by the Council of Common Interests (CCI).
He added that the NODMC is in addition to the already existing accountability mechanism like the Auditor General and the Public Accounts Committee.
The Prime Minister said that it was a matter of satisfaction that all the political parties and civil society are making efforts to help their brothers at these trying times.
He updated the US delegation  about the current situation in the flood affected areas and thanked the US leadership and military for their generous humanitarian assistance to mitigate sufferings of Pakistan’s flood victims.
He said that the US government would continue to stand by Pakistan in overcoming its economic difficulties and coping with the challenges of rescue, relief, recovery and reconstruction phases.
Ambassador Holbrooke said that the US government would now consider giving direct assistance to the Government of Pakistan for its expeditious and optimal utilization for the flood affectees and would remain in consultation with the government of Pakistan about its emergent requirements.