Damage to houses, crops in 16 flood-hit areas: second phase of financial help to victims after survey: chief minister Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the first phase of payment of financial assistance to the flood affectees has been completed in an efficient manner and a total of 83,557 affected families have been given a sum of Rs 25,000 each.

He said that in the second phase compensation amount for damage to houses and crops will be paid in 16 calamity-hit districts of Punjab on the basis of an authentic survey while financial help will also be extended to the people who have lost their means of livelihood.

He was presiding over a high-level meeting here on Sunday which reviewed the process of payment of financial assistance to the flood hit people in the second phase and approval was given in this regard.

The Director General of PDMA gave a detailed briefing regarding the method of payment of financial assistance to the flood affectees in the second phase under Khadim-e-Punjab Imdadi Package-2014.

The Chief Minister said that Punjab has faced the worst flood of its history and the provincial government, ministers, assembly members and administration extended all-out help and assistance to the flood affectees and set a noble example by working day and night during rescue and relief operation. He said the Punjab government has completed the process of payment of first instalment to the calamity-hit people and a sum of more than two billion rupees has been spent for the purpose. The Chief Minister said that in the second phase, the second instalment of financial assistance will be given in the light of a survey to such flood-hit people whose houses have been partially or completely destroyed while losses of crops will also be compensated. He said that third party audit will also be conducted of the survey of damage to the houses and crops. He said that payment of financial assistance in the second phase will also be made in a highly transparent and a speedy manner. Shahbaz Sharif said the Punjab government has set an example through payment of financial assistance to the calamity-hit people in days and not months in accordance with its promise. He said that every penny of public money was being spent on the flood-hit people in a transparent manner. He said that the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UNDP have expressed their confidence in the survey conducted by the Punjab government regarding flood losses. He said that credit for this goes to political and administrative teams of the province and was a proof of splendid performance of the Punjab government.

The Chief Minister congratulated public representatives and provincial administrative teams over the expression of confidence by international institutions. Advisor on Health Kh. Salman Rafique, Member Provincial Assembly Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman Planning & Development, Inspector General of Police, Punjab, secretaries of Home and Information departments, Commissioner of Lahore Division, Director General of NADRA, President, Bank of Punjab, PDMA DG and concerned officials were present on the occasion.