LAKKI MARWAT: Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti visited Lakki Marwat amid tight security and gave away Watan Cards to flood affectees in a ceremony on Monday.
Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan, provincial ministers Sher Azam Wazir, Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Amjad Afridi, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s MPA Naseer Muhammad Khan Maidadkhel, civil and army officials of Bannu division and provincial high-ups of Nadra and PDMA were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister said despite meagre resources and financial constraints, the provincial government diverted all available financial resources to the rehabilitation of flood affectees. “Instead of looking towards the federal government and donors, we decided to launch rehabilitation work on self-help basis,” he said, adding, it would help win the confidence of world nations and donor agencies. He said the flood affectees would get first installment of Rs20,000 through Watan Cards.
“Let me make it clear that it is the first installment and the provincial government will continue provision of financial assistance to the affected families till their complete rehabilitation,” he claimed.
Ameer Haider Hoti said millions of people displaced by floods were passing through a critical and difficult time and it was the prime responsibility of the government to look after them. He said the government would build over 80,000 houses in Bannu district and over 60,000 in Lakki Marwat districts for the flood-affected families.
The chief minister said the provincial government had already diverted its annual development programme worth Rs17 billion to cope with the post flood scenario and ensure rehabilitation of the flood victims.
Referring to the problems of incomplete water supply schemes and damaged infrastructure in Lakki and Bannu districts, the chief minister directed the officials of district administration, C&W and PHED to prepare a comprehensive report in this regard and submit it to him so that funds could be released immediately.
The chief minister also directed the officials of Lakki Marwat district administration and health department to hold a meeting with the area elders and find a solution to the health related problems in the area.
“There is a dire need to make the District Headquarters Hospital fully functional besides the city hospital should also be kept intact for the provision of healthcare facilities to residents of the town,” he maintained.