Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid on Sunday said early rehabilitation of the flood-affected people was the government’s top priority and surveys had been started in Sialkot district, especially tehsil Pasrur, to assess the loss of lives, property and crops due to the floods.
The minister was talking to the flood-affected people after distributing ration bags among 3,000 flood-hit families in Pasrur tehsil’s Chawinda , Badiana, Chobara, Phalora, Naaju Chak, Bagiyaari, Bajra Garhi and Chahoor areas.
Local member of the provincial assembly (MPA) Rana Liaqat Ali, Assistant Commissioner Pasrur Tauqeer Zia Cheema, Pasrur Tehsildar Nadeemul Hassan, Professor Shehzad Butt and Khawaja Muhammad Saeed Butt were also present.
The minister said the survey reports would soon be sent to Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif for the quick financial compensation of those hit by floods.
He said the PM would also soon announce a relief package for the flood-hit people of Pasrur, adding that the government had evolved a comprehensive programme for the relief and rehabilitation for the flood-affected people.
Hamid said the government was working on a flood-fighting strategy to combat the recurring floods in the country, adding that the officials concerned should work on the rehabilitation of land routes to the areas cut-off by heavy rains and the provision of rations, medicines and other essential items to the stranded people through boats should be started immediately.
He stressed upon the local members of the National and Punjab Assembly to solve the problems of the flood-hit peoples and warned that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard.
MPA Rana Liaqat and AC Pasrur Tauqeer Zia briefed the minister on flood situation and relief activities in his hometown, Pasrur, and informed him about the problems of the people.
Talking to reporters at Badiana, Zahid pledged the early removal of all encroachments along the seasonal nullah Dek which passes through Pasrur tehsil and overflows during the rainy season, leading to floods in Pasrur and said that efforts were underway for early drainage of floodwater from Sialkot.