Provision of financial assistance to IDPs be completed soon: CM

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has issued instructions to officials concerned to complete the process of provision of financial assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) within next few days. He said that the Punjab government had set up the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for IDPs with a sum of Rs 500 million and that financial assistance of Rs 7,000 per family was being given to the IDPs.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting on Tuesday that reviewed the process of distribution of financial assistance among the IDPs. 
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that process of provision of financial assistance to the IDPs would be speedy and transparent. He said that besides financial assistance, full cooperation would be extended for complete rehabilitation of the IDPs. 
He expressed dissatisfaction over delays in accessing authentic data of the IDPs and said that he would not tolerate any laxity in distribution of financial assistance to the IDPs. 
He directed officials concerned to immediately finalise a system for ensuring speedy distribution of financial assistance among the IDPs. He also directed officials to make arrangements to dispatch fodder for the livestock of the IDPs. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that steps should also be taken for imparting vocational training to young IDPs. He also issued instruction to ensure provision of solar energy-powered tube-wells for IDPs. 
He directed formation of a committee headed by Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman to monitor distribution of financial assistance among the IDPs. He said that residents of North Waziristan had to leave their homes for a national cause and that it was national and religious obligation of every Pakistani to help them out in hour of trial. 
Provincial ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Bilal Yasin and Chaudhry Muhammad Shafiq, and senior officials attended the meeting. 
Separately, MNA Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari from Dera Ghazi Khan called on the chief minister. Measures taken by the government for development of southern parts of Punjab Province were discussed in the meeting. 
Shahbaz said that a sum of Rs 119 billion had been allocated in this budget for the development of southern Punjab which was 36 percent of the total development budget of the province. He said that Pakistan was making rapid progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and that 180 million people of the country do not want such a long march that creates hurdles in the process of development and prosperity. Awais appreciated the steps taken by the chief minister for ensuring progress of the province. 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz has taken notice of torture of two women and cutting of their hands and legs in Rajanpur and sought a report from the district police officer. The chief minister directed provision of best treatment facilities to the injured women besides ordering strict action against the culprits. Acting on the orders of the chief minister, the police registered a case against 12 persons and arrested five of them.

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