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October 18, 2010

‘Crops worth billions of rupees damaged in floods’

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AFP
October 18, 2010

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that relief assistance is being distributed among the flood victims through the Watan Cards and the process will be completed soon.
He was talking to former prime minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, who called on him on Sunday. Raja Farooq also presented a cheque for Rs 600,000 to the chief minister for the rehabilitation of the flood victims.
The Punjab chief minster said modern facilities, including schools, dispensaries and vocational institutes, were being established in the model villages. He said the villages were being set up with the donations given to the Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund and cooperation of welfare organizations and philanthropists and not with the public money.
He said flood had also caused damage of billions of rupees to the crops and the government had announced a comprehensive programme for the revival of the agricultural economy under which free seeds and fertilizers were being provided to the cultivators having up to 25 acres of land.
Earlier, Member National Assembly Zahid Hamid met the chief minister and presented a cheque for Rs 2 million for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims.

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