Not possible to give Rs20,000 to flood affected: Kaira

Information Minister Kaira says that it is not possible to pay Rs20,000 each to affected families before Eid.


Express September 07, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that it is not possible for the government to pay Rs20,000 each to the flood affected families before Eid.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Kaira said the government has so far distributed more than Rs1 billion through the Benazir Income Support Programme.

He also admitted that the government did not spend lot money on the safety of the embankments. However, he said that it is trying its level best to provide relief to the people.

Around two weeks ago the government had decided that Rs20,000 will be allocated to each flood-affected family and an initial instalment of Rs5,000 will be given.

Moreover the victims have to show their Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) to the authorities in order to receive the aid. This is a problem for many, as numerous victims reportedly lost their ID cards in the floods.

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Aamir Saeed | 10 years ago | Reply Dear Sir, Still not receive wattanc card. Please issue me wattanc card for resettlement of my house. Best Regards, Aamir Saeed
Maitre | 10 years ago | Reply Stop such justification. The living ones are more important than the dead ones. We are not here to make monument that consumes up our country's hard hit budget, we are here to help our countrymen. I think if the 'haves' of Pakistan follow 'Angelina Julie's footsteps, they will not only help the government rehabilitate the flood affectees but also earn the much fleeing respect for them.
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