Govt working on fast track to provide compensation to flood victims: PM

JHANG: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said the federal government in close cooperation with the Punjab government was working on a fast track to provide speedy compensation to flood affected people so as to help them rebuild their damaged property.

Addressing a gathering here at Jandiana village the Prime Minister said the first installment of Rs 25,000 was being paid to all those affected by the flood without any discrimination. The next installment would be paid to those who had suffered losses of houses, agriculture lands or farming animals.

He said committees were working round the clock for damage assessment and quick disbursement of payments. The disbursement of the next installment would start by October 20.

He said the government was not doing any favour to the flood affected by making the payments rather it was its obligation to help them rebuild their damaged property and restore their means of livelihood.

Nawaz Sharif lauded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for ensuring that the affected people receive the initial amount of compensation in the shortest possible time. The Chief Minister visited the area five times while it was his (PMs) second visit to the area to personally supervise the relief and rehabilitation work, he added.

The Prime Minister also expressed concern over damages caused by the erosion of river banks and the destruction of Moza Jogera. The government he said would relocate the people and rebuild the village.

He said measures would also be taken to stop further erosion of the river banks and stop further damage to agricultural lands and villages.

He announced up gradation of Khewa school to a college and said it would help the local children get higher education close to their homes.

The Prime Minister also lauded the courage of the people who braved the natural calamity and were committed to rebuild their lives.

The Prime Minister said he and Shahbaz Sharif were with the flood affected people and would stand by them till they were fully rehabilitated.

In this regard he also appreciated the local district administration for rising to the occasion and accomplishing the task given by Shahbaz Sharif for disbursing the compensation in the shortest possible time.

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