Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak announced that compensation cheques will be issued to all earthquake affected people within next four days stating that disbursement of the compensation amount has been started as per the government’ commitment.
He said that relief and rehabilitation operations were in full swing in all quake-hit areas including the far flung regions and the government, both federal and the provincial, Pakistan Army, and the disaster management and relief authorities were still busy in assessment of the damage caused by the October 26 earthquake. He expressed the commitment that no single affected person would be left without compensation.
The Chief Minister was addressing the participants of a briefing about the earthquake damages and relief activities and talking to the media men at the Deputy Commissioner office during his visit to the earthquake affected district of Upper Dir.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Inayatullah, MNA Sahibzada Tariqullah, the PTI provincial organizer Fazal Mohammad Khan, MPAs, the PTI and Jamat Islami office bearers from Upper Dir and officers of the district administration and Pakistan Army were also present.
Assuring that compensation for the damaged houses, whether fully or partially, will also be granted, the Chief Minister told that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has devised such a fool-proof system which automatically comes into action in case of any emergency or natural calamity without waiting for the orders of high ups.
He said that it was nothing else but the system, coordinated strategy of the federal and the provincial governments and Pakistan Army which made disbursement of compensation and distribution of relief items possible within five-six days after the calamity adversely hit the province.
Responding to the media criticism with reference to the government’s relief activities, Pervez Khattak said that the relief authorities and workers were facing problems in reaching the earthquake victims in the hard areas of mountainous Malakand and Hazara division however, he added that there was no shortage of financial resources or relief goods nor any slackens on part of the government had so far been reported. He stressed that everybody should trust the relief and rehabilitation measures being taken by the government and the army.
The Chief Minister told that grant of compensation money to the affected people had been started and only in district upper Dir 500 cheques amounting to Rs.249.8 with were being prepared in the first phase for 700 owners of the damaged houses.
The Chief Minister was told during the briefing that a total of 20 persons were killed, 162 injured and 1249 houses were fully damaged by the earthquake in Upper Dir district.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that compensation cheques have so far been granted to 14 injured person and nine heirs of the deceased.
He said that a total of 2447 tents, 4818 blankets, 1488 food bags, 298 mats and other essential relief goods were distributed among the affected people while 527 tents, 1933 blankets, 251 bags of food items and other goods are available with the district administration.