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Punjab approves Rs10m for quake-hit people of Balochistan

Maverick Report

LAHORE: The Punjab cabinet has decided to contribute Rs100 million to the prime minister’s fund for rehabilitation of earthquake-affected people of Balochistan.

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According to an official handout, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over the provincial cabinet meeting on Friday, which decided to provide complete assistance to the earthquake victims of Balochistan. Various draft laws, including a cabinet committee’s recommendations with regard to Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 and rehabilitation package for flood-affected people of Punjab, were also approved in the meeting.

The cabinet approved in principle the social program for the poorest families of the province and decided to give a final shape to it at the earliest. The meeting also decided to set up an authority for reviewing the matters of lady health workers. The authority comprises three members from civil society, two members provincial assembly (MPAs) and two experts. One lady each from civil society and MPAs will be member of the authority. The cabinet also approved the Punjab Employee Social Security Ordinance Amendment Bill.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said a coordinated plan was being evolved for helping the earthquake-affected people of Balochistan whereas the process of providing essential items through trucks and aircraft had immediately been started. He said the Punjab government had decided to contribute a sum of Rs100 million to the prime minister’s fund for rehabilitation of earthquake-affected people of Balochistan whereas cabinet members and the ruling party MPAs will also donate one-month salary for the earthquake-affected people.

Relief goods sent

A C-130 plane carrying relief goods dispatched by the Punjab government for the rehabilitation of Balochistan’s earthquake-affected people reached Karachi. The relief goods included medicines, blankets, tents and edibles. Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani, Special Secretary Local Government Dawood Muhammad Bareach, Secretary Auqaf Saqib Aziz and Manager Logistics National Disaster Management Authority Colonel Ali Haider Qazi accompanied the relief goods.

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