Govt urged to re­lease 2nd in­stall­ment of Watan Cards

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

PESHAWAR: The flood vic­tims of Khy­ber Pak­thunkhwa here on Sun­day urged the govern­ment to im­me­di­ately re­lease sec­ond in­stall­ment of Rs20,000 un­der Watan Cards' fi­nan­cial pack­age for im­me­di­ate re­con­struc­tion of their houses in or­der to min­i­mize their long suf­fer­ings.

The re­con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties have picked up mo­men­tum in flood-hit Khy­ber Pak­thunkhwa as most of poor flood vic­tims are ea­gerly wait­ing for sec­ond in­stall­ment of Watan cards to give fur­ther im­pe­tus to re­build­ing works on houses aimed to pro­tect their chil­dren from se­vere cold.

The well-off peo­ple are seen hur­ry­ing for con­struc­tion of their houses on self-help ba­sis in Nowsehra and Charsadda district by bring­ing stones, bricks and other con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als. How­ever, poor flood vic­tims are look­ing for govern­ment and NGOs help to con­struct at least a room for their fam­i­lies due to lack of fi­nan­cial re­sources.

De­spite the fact the govern­ment and NGOs are help­ing poor fam­i­lies by con­struct­ing a room and a wash room be­sides food for them, but dev­as­ta­tion of flood was so huge that still a large num­ber of de­served flood vic­tims have not been ac­cessed and are liv­ing in tents look­ing for Govern­ment help.

The poor flood vic­tims of Now­shera and Charsadda district had paid their full at­ten­tion to get foods and re­lief goods af­ter nat­u­ral catas­tro­phe and did not pay heed for re­con­struc­tion of their houses as re­sult of which they are feel­ing the brunt of se­vere clod weather now a days.

The price of con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing bricks, steel, stones, sand and fare of trans­port have in­creased man­i­fold and poor peo­ple could not af­ford to buy it and are still liv­ing un­der an open sky due to lack of fi­nan­cial re­sources.

The af­fected peo­ple of Landay Arbab, Ak­bar Pura, Tarnab Farms, Babi Jadeed, Mo­hib Banda, Dheri Mian Ishaq, Pusthon Ghari, Aza­khel, Ha­keemabad, Te­tari, Jabba in Now­shera, and Nishata, Prang, Sher­pao, Sol­gara, Tangi, Jala Bela, Daa­man in Charsadda district are look­ing to­wards donor agen­cies and state or­gans for re­con­struc­tion of houses.

The el­ders of these vil­lages in­clud­ing Misal Khan, Gu­lam Ak­bar, Taj Khan, Ti­mar Shah have de­manded govern­ment to im­me­di­ately re­lease the sec­ond in­stall­ment of Rs.20000 un­der Watan Cards so that poor fam­i­lies could con­struct at least a room for them­selves. They also urged govern­ment to re­lease Rs. one lakh to flood af­fectees to help min­i­mize their suf­fer­ings. A poor-hair dresser Di­la­ram Khan at vil­lage Dheri Ishaq said that his house was swept away by floods and tor­ren­tial rains on July 29 and he has no money to start re­con­struc­tion work. -App

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