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876,999 IDPs of 75,241 families registered so far


PESHAWAR: A total of 75,241 families and 876,999 individuals have been registered at the registration points of PDMA.
According to daily situation report issued by Chief Secretary Control Room established at Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) regarding Displaced Persons of North Waziristan Agency.
The provincial government has released Rs 349 million to PDMA for  establishment of camps in Bannu city, however, in the wake of the ongoing military operation; a decision was taken by the Federal Government to establish camps inside frontier regions which fall within the jurisdiction of FATA administration. The camps have been established by FDMA and jointly administered by Pak  Army and FDMA wherein all facilities like shelter, cooked food, water and other allied services are being provided to the displaced persons.
PTA monitoring cash distribution through SIMs: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is pursuing a process of constant follow-up and feedback so as to minimize problems in distribution of SIMs to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA). 
As part of its measures to facilitate the affected people, the PTA team also visited Bannu Commissioner Office to know issues of IDPs. 
As per details issued here on Thursday, the government had  announced a financial relief as compensation to IDPs which was to be disbursed through mobile phone SIM cards. For the purpose, Zong (China Mobile Pakistan - CMPak) signed an agreement with Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) and is offering free SIMs to IDPs for seeking speedy relief in a transparent manner. These SIMs are being used for distribution of cash to IDPs. 
In order to streamline the process of distribution of Zong SIMs among the IDPs, Chairman PTA, Dr. Ismail Shah sent a team to IDP Centers in Bannu and adjourning areas. The PTA team conducted a comprehensive survey of these centers and conveyed their findings to Zong for improvement. The regulator also took up the matter with top management of Zong and as a result, Zong provided a huge stock of SIMs for IDPs and also started to increase manpower dealing with the said operation. 
The operation is being closely monitored by Member (Compliance & Enforcement) PTA, Abdul Samad.
Army sends consignment of 220 tons relief goods: Pakistan Army has dispatched a consignment of 220 tons of relief items to Bannu from the army relief camp race course ground Rawalpindi.
According to ISPR Army dispatched the consignment to assist and rehabilitate the internally displaced persons brethren in North Waziristan.
PCSW to set up welfare center in Bannu:  Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) will set up a Welfare Centre in Bannu district to cater to needs of displaced women and children of North Waziristan Agency.
This was said by Chairperson Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), Neelum Toru while talking with media men on Thursday during her second visit to Bannu and Lakki Marwat to meet IDPs and inspect the facilities being provided to women and children. 
The welfare center will be set up with cooperation of Department of Social Welfare and district administration of Bannu, she added. 
The Divisional authorities assured of full cooperation to the Commission in setting up these facilities. During the visit, Chairperson PCSW, Neelum Toru said she visited camp set for IDPs in Bannu and also met with affected families getting refuge in official buildings including government schools. She also visited Women and Children hospitals at Karak and Bannu and met with patients getting treatment there.
Neelum Toru said the displaced people, especially women, are facing problem in registration and obtaining food package. She said as per tradition of North Waziristan, majority of female does not posses identity cards or have expired and outdate cards as a result of which they are facing a lot of difficulties in getting official assistance. She stressed that those persons and especially women left out of the registration process should be registered and NIC issued on priority basis. She also called for issuance of special permit for availing food distribution facilities for those IDPs who does not have identity cards. 
Basic facilities available in IDPs camps: Director FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) Farman Khilji said on Thursday that all basic facility are available in IDPs camps.
According to a statement issued here, the FDMA Director Farman Khilji said five distribution points have been established where food, hygiene kit and cash grants are being given to IDPs.
He said proper arrangements have been made for privacy of women and playground for the children in the camps. Farman Khilji said electricity is being provided in the camps round  the clock and doctors are also available for 24 hours.
The Director FDMA further said drinking water and ice are provided to the IDPs. He said sufficient food is being provided to the IDPs.

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