PM briefed on IDP relief efforts

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Report submitted to the PM states registered IDPs are getting undisrupted power and water supply, food, medicines and medical treatment at IDP camps and the Finance Ministry has released Rs1.5 billion so far for providing relief to the IDPs.

At least 572,529 people, belonging to 44,633 families have been registered as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) so far, after Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched on June 15 to eliminate terrorists in North Waziristan.

A detailed report of relief activities undertaken for the IDPs was submitted to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday by all coordination and implementation organisations involved.

The PM was informed that Rs329.568 million have been distributed among 27,664 families as financial support and 4,500 tonnes of relief goods have been distributed among 31,000 registered families by the federal government with the assistance of Pakistan Army and the World Food Program (WFP).

According to the report, 5,000 food packages, weighing 110 kilogrammes each, are being distributed every day among the IDPs at 11 food distribution points. Non-food items have also been distributed among 31,000 displaced families, the report stated.

According to details, the PM has directed that from July 8, each registered displaced family will get compensatory money through mobile SIMs. This has been done to ensure quick relief to IDPs, besides enhancing transparency in the distribution of money. Per the scheme, beneficiaries would be allowed to collect their money from mobile franchises, retailers and banks.

According to the report, round the clock provision of electricity and steady supply of clean drinking water in IDP camps has been ensured. Temporary mosques have been built to facilitate the families living in camps and medical facilities, especially polio vaccination and treatment for sun stroke and leg cramps, have been made available for them.

The Pakistan Army has established 33 points across the country for collecting donations for the IDPs.

According to the report, the Finance Ministry has released Rs1.5 billion so far for providing relief to the IDPs. A cabinet committee for economic coordination has recently approved 60,000 tonnes of wheat at a cost of Rs2.8 billion, for distribution among the IDPs.

Rescue agencies have provided three state-of-the-art ambulances along with necessary staff for assistance of displaced persons in emergencies.

Fifteen mobile veterinary clinics have been established in Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak and Tank in which more than 20,000 animals belonging to the IDPs have been treated while more than 42,000 animals have so far been vaccinated.

The UAE Government has released $20.5 million for the IDPs on humanitarian grounds, while the United Sates has extended an assistance of $31 million.