Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) president Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the government will include a relief package of Rs28 billion in the next budget. The PM made this statement while talking to the media after presiding over a meeting of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Lahore on Wednesday. According to Shehbaz, this relief package is aimed at mitigating the hardships of people affected by various catastrophes in different parts of the province.
This is good news for all those affected by natural disasters in Punjab, as they will now be able to receive some much-needed financial assistance. I’m hopeful that this relief package will help improve their living conditions and allow them to rebuild their lives.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is set to address the nation today regarding the government’s relief package for those affected by the recent floods. The package will include financial assistance for those who have lost their homes and livelihoods, as well as food and medical supplies. In addition, the government will be providing temporary housing for those who have been displaced. The Prime Minister is expected to urge all citizens to donate generously to the relief effort, in order to help those who have been most impacted by the disaster. He is also expected to announce a number of measures that the government will be taking in order to prevent such disasters from occurring in the future. This includes improved early warning systems and increased investment in flood mitigation infrastructure. The Prime Minister’s address will be broadcast live on all major news channels.
The prime minister has announced a relief package worth Rs28 billion for the lower-income segment of society. The government is already providing Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) monetary assistance and this new measure will be included in next fiscal budget apart from 10kg wheat freebies offered by USC which come at 400 rupees per bag.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) president and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the government will include a relief package of Rs28 billion in the next budget for the affectees of recent floods in the province.
He was chairing a high-level meeting to review arrangements for provision of relief to the affectees of rains and floods in Punjab on Monday.
The PM said that all available resources will be utilised for provision of relief to the flood-hit people. He said that a committee, headed by Provincial Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, has been constituted for assessment of loss suffered by the people due to floods.
Shehbaz said that a comprehensive policy will be formulated for construction of small dams in the province so that any untoward situation arising out of rains could be averted in future. He said that a feasibility report in this regard has been sought from the Planning and Development Board.
The PM further said that a mechanism will be devised for construction of small dams in coordination with the army so that the issue could be resolved on a permanent basis. He said that all out efforts will be made for provision of relief to the affectees on priority basis and no stone will be left unturned for this purpose.
Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Hashim Jawan Bakht, Assad Umar, Malik Ahmed Khan, Chief Secretary, Chairman P&D, Inspector General Police and senior officials were also present in the meeting.
Earlier, Provincial Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman briefed the meeting about losses suffered by different districts of the province due to rains and floods. He said that a comprehensive strategy will be evolved for early rehabilitation of the affectees. He said that all out resources will be utilised for this purpose.
The meeting also decided to provide boats and other equipments to rescue teams so that the people could be shifted to safer places in case of any untoward situation. It was decided in the meeting that a report will be presented to the PM about the losses suffered by different districts within 24 hours.
The PM directed the administration to remain alert and said that no one will be allowed to create artificial shortage of edibles items and other necessities of life. He said that those involved in hoarding and black marketing will sternly dealt with according to law.
The PM also took an overview of arrangements for rescue and relief activities in the flood-hit areas and directed the concerned departments to ensure provision of all necessary facilities to the affectees on priority basis. He directed that supply of clean drinking water, food items, medicines and other necessities of life should be ensured without any delay.
He said that boats and other equipments will be provided to rescue teams on priority basis so that the people could be shifted to safer places in case of any untoward situation. He said that a comprehensive strategy will be evolved for rehabilitation of the affectees.