Govt to fulfill responsibility regarding assistance to flood victims, NA told


The National Assembly was assured on Friday that government will fulfil its responsibility vis-à-vis provision of assistance and compensation to the flood affected people.

Responding to the points raised by Ghous Bux Khan Mahar of GDA in the House, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said it is joint responsibility of both Federal and Provincial governments to provide relief to flood affected people without any discrimination.

He said despite limited resources, we have provided cash assistance to the flood affected people. In addition, Kissan package has also been given to the farmers of affected areas.

Taking the floor, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said resources will be distributed in the flood affected areas without any discrimination.

Earlier, speaking during the Question Hour, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security Ahmad Raza Maneka told the House that a flood relief mission has been launched in the flood-affected areas of Balochistan and Sindh to improve health and nutrition of animals.

He said import of high yielding dairy and beef animals has been allowed to maintain the demand and supply of both milk and meat in the wake of devastating floods.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro said that public complaints regarding shortage of medicines are being addressed.

She said medical camps have been established in the flood affected areas to provide timely treatment to the flood victims.

Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Kiran Imran Dar informed the House that 230 High Speed Coaches of international standard will soon be inducted into the fleet of Pakistan Railways to provide better travelling services to the passengers.

She said procurement of 820 high capacity wagons is also at an advanced stage.

Parliamentary Secretary for Industries and Production Shahida Rehmani informed the House that FIA has started an investigation into the theft of three metric ton of brass and copper in Pakistan Steel Mills.

Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Thursday at five pm.

Source: Radio Pakistan