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October 4, 2010

Shahbaz asks Nadra to ensure free distribution of Watan Cards


October 4, 2010

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Nadra should ensure prompt and free provision of new identity cards to the flood victims and complaints regarding charging of fee for this purpose will not be tolerated.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting regarding distribution of Watan Cards among the calamity-stricken people here on Sunday.
Shahbaz said that measures should be taken to complete the distribution of Watan Cards among all the flood victims by October 20 and Nadra should immediately double the number of its mobile vans for this purpose. He said a transparent system should be evolved for the provision of free seed and fertilisers to farmers of the flood-hit areas on the pattern of distribution of Watan Cards.
The CM said the Punjab government was implementing a policy for speedy distribution of relief assistance among the flood victims in a transparent manner and more than 136,000 cards had been distributed among the calamity-hit people so far. He said more than one billion rupees had been distributed among the flood survivors through the cards and measures had been taken for accelerating the pace of distribution of Watan Cards and in addition to UBL, Bank Alfalah had also been included in the programme. He directed the president of the UBL to increase the capacity for distribution of the Watan Cards in the flood-hit areas and arrangements should be made for the distribution of 25,000 cards daily.
The chief minister issued directions for close coordination between the local administration and Nadra for provision of better facilities as well as distribution of financial assistance. He said it should also be ensured that only persons of the village or town who were to be given Watan Cards on that day should visit the Nadra centres and the chief secretary, inspector general police, senior member Board of Revenue and commissioner of the division concerned should devise a strategy for this purpose with the mutual

consultation of Nadra. In view of a large number of flood-hit people in district Muzaffargarh, the chief minister directed Nadra to set up more centres there. He said the government had evolved a strategy for the revival of agriculture under which free seeds and fertilisers would be provided to farmers having up to 25 acre of land.

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