NDMC meeting tomorrow

The meeting will be held to assess the needs of the flood-affected population across the country.

Zia Khan/express August 18, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) is set to hold a crucial meeting in Islamabad on Thursday to assess the needs of the flood-affected population across the country in order to prepare a ‘coordinated’ rehabilitation plan.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has convened the meeting, which will ‘reconcile’ need assessments prepared by different federal agencies and provincial authorities separately.

The meeting was called amid reports that an ‘unprofessional lack of coordination’ between the federal and provincial authorities was hampering relief activities and leaving the flood affected people at the mercy of nature.

The meeting will be chaired by the PM and will be attended by the chief executives of all four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as the heads of all official relief agencies including the National Disaster Management Authorities (NDMA) and its provincial arms.

NDMA chief Lt Gen (Retd) Nadeem Ahmed is expected to brief the country’s top political leaders on the damages caused by the worst flooding in the country’s history and the official efforts made so far for rehabilitation.

Although the actual need assessment will be done by international agencies, including the World Bank (WB), the meeting is expected to prepare a plan for an immediate response once the water recedes.  The decision to convene all the provinces and relief agencies was taken at a meeting here on Tuesday with premier Gilani in the chair.

The PM observed that close coordination and better understanding among the federal and the provincial governments will greatly facilitate in streamlining the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

It will also help in making an exact assessment of available resources and needs of the flood victims, Gilani said at the meeting.

The PM reiterated that a joint strategy is the need of the hour to effectively confront the challenges of relief and rehabilitations.

The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister of Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Law Minister Babar Awan.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2010.


parvez | 11 years ago | Reply Agree our P.M. is trying. He has even stopped wearing his Armani suits, T&A shirts and Sulka ties. Well done.
Sultan Ahmed. | 11 years ago | Reply There is possibilities of spreading different diseases in the area which has badly effected by ragging flood. Prime minister's efforts are well and admirable he is doing his best and on the other hand chief ministers of the provinces are doing beyond their capacity. But there must be complete harmony in the working relationship between center and province. Time is getting out,time is running fast,we have entered in the examination hall tough test is a head,it need more unity,brotherhood and harmony otherwise history never forgive us as a nation.
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