Karachi: Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Chief Minister, on Monday, approved disbursement of compensation among the recent rain-affected people of 20 districts, but the amount of the compensation would be decided by the cabinet.
He took the decision while presiding over a meeting to assess the losses/damages caused by recent heavy rains in the province. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Special Assistant to CM Haris Gazdar, Planning and Development Chairman M. Waseem, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, SMBR Qazi Shahid Parvez, and other.
Briefing the chief minister, SMBR Qazi Shahid Parvez said that the government has already declared 20 calamity-hit districts: Karachi Division: South, West, East, Central, Korangi and Malir. Hyderabad: Hyderabad, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Jamshoro, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Matiari and Dadu. Mirpurkhas Division: Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Tharparkar districts. Shaheed Benazirabad: Shaheed Benazirabad and Sanghar districts.
It was discussed that overall 1752 dehs, 2297108 population, 1499411 acres of standing crops, 291981 households, and 129,2643 houses damaged.
The chief minister was given a district-wise presentation on the damages of the 2020 monsoon. It was pointed out that heavy rains claimed 149 lives, injured 103 persons, and deaths total of 19858 animals, including cows, buffalos, horses, goats, sheep and donkeys.
Amount of compensation given through ATM:
The extend of loss of worth Rs8 billion and government would give compensation to affected people across the province Sindh to rehabilitate them, said chief minister. He discussed different rates for different losses and approved to disburse the amount but the matter would be placed before the cabinet that would give the final permission.
Ensuring transparency, the chief minister said that the amount would be given to the affected people for the category such as deaths, injured, damaged houses and perished cattle through ATM cards – further, directed the SMBR to verified the list of affected people and their extent of the damages.
He directed chief secretary Mumtaz Shah to talk to the Sindh Bank and work out a detailed plan for issuance of the cards at the earliest. The beneficiaries must have a CNIC card and the cards would be verified from the NDRA before disbursement of the compensation. When the cash would be transferred to affected people, they would receive a SMS on the mobile phone, said Murad Ali Shah, Sindh CM. (PR)
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