Seven flood-hit districts of Sindh to get Rs 100 million grant each: PM

SUKKUR: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday announced a grant of Rs 100 million each for the seven districts of Sindh province affected by the recent flood. Addressing a mammoth rally, to celebrate the 44th Founding Day of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), he said the seven districts that would get the grant include Jamshoro, Dadu, Shahdadkot, Thatta, Hyderabad, Kashmore-Kandhkot and Shikarpur.The Prime Minister said that the world witnessed one of the worst floods in the history which affected over 20 million people in Pakistan.He said that in order to mitigate the sufferings of the growers in the flood affected areas, they will be given fertilizer and seeds free of charge.“It is our endeavour to provide maximum relief to the people affected by the natural disaster,” he said.

Prime Minister Gilani said that the damaged Sukkur-Rohri bridge will be reconstructed.
He also reiterated the commitment of Federal Government to pay remaining Rs 80,000 per family to the flood victims as provinces have contributed Rs 20,000 to each family.  All the families affected by floods will be given Rs 100,000 each without any discrimination,” he added.He said that the funds would help the flood victims to rebuild their houses on their own.He said, since its foundation, PPP has given great sacrifices for the country  and added the present government would carry out the mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.Congratulating the people on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the present government would fulfill all the promises made by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and has given all the resources to the smaller provinces.“It is now the responsibility of the smaller provinces to utilise the resources with justification,” Gilani said.He said that under the devolution programme, the Federal Government will hand over responsibilities of at least five ministries to the provinces will another 10 ministries will be handed over within next two months.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that in order to fulfill the dreams of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the women will be delegated more and more powers and they will also be given facilities of health and life insurance.Gilani said that terrorism was presently a big challenge before the government and praised the efforts and sacrifices made by the personnel of the Pakistan Army, police and political leadership in the war against terrorism.“The political workers also remained in the forefront in the war against terror and helped government combat terrorism,” he added.He said the unanimous decision on National Finance Commission Award, 18thConstitutionalAmendment,ghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package, granting of status of a province to Gilgit Baltistan and freeing Swat from the terrorists were the hall marks of the present government.About the government-media relations, Gilani said that the government believes in freedom of press and thepresent government would always welcome positive criticism from all quarters.“It would be a welcome step if the government and media jointly take measures to flourish democracy in the country,” he added.

About the agriculture sector, the Prime Minister said that unscrupulous elements tried to create artificial food crisis in the country and dispelled the impression that there was any sugar, wheat or flour shortage in the country.“There is no sugar shortage in the country, it is just propaganda against the government,” he said.The Prime Minister also rejected the notion that Pakistan was diplomatically isolated. “Had we been in isolation, there would not have been any assistance by the foreign countries during the recent flood,” he said and added that all the countries gave assistance to Pakistan whole heartedly.About the Kashmir issue, he said that the PPP led government had remained vocal to raise the issue in the comity of nations.On the political front, Gilani said that it was for the first time in the history of the country that today there was no political prisoner.  “PPP believes in the politics of reconciliation,” he added.Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Provincial  Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza, Siraj Durrani, Dr Mehreen Bhutto, Taj Haider and others also spoke on the occasion, while Federal Minister for Interior Rehman was also present in the ceremony – App