President Asif Ali Zardari gave the chairman of Sindh Public Accounts Committee the task of auditing the expenditure on machinery and pumps used for draining flood water and make a comprehensive inventory of the equipment.
He said this during meetings at Bilawal House on flood rehabilitation and infrastructure rebuilding. The meeting was informed that 99 per cent of the people who were displaced had returned to their homes and more than 97 per cent of the water which was accumulated was drained out. It was also said that that the Sindh government paid over Rs6 billion to the Watan Card holders.
It was said that the National Highway Authority was working on 13 projects which include reconstructing 660 kilometres of roads and one major bridge on the Indus River. Eight projects were half done. The remaining five are expected to be completed between March and December 2012.
During another meeting, the president directed the concerned authorities to finish the ongoing projects in the flood-hit areas quickly. He said that the relief phase will end on December 31 and the early recovery phase will commence from January 1.
This phase involves improvements in health, education, water and sanitation, nutrition, food security, protection, shelter, and community infrastructure. The concerned departments were already coordinating with UN agencies and donors for finalising the short-term projects.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2012.