LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday visited flood-hit areas of Pindi Bhattian, Shahpur, Phalia, Wazirabad and Sumbrial.

Addressing flood affectees after reviewing relief arrangements, the chief minister said that the process of payment of Rs25000 as the first installment of compensation for the damage to the houses had been started. Shahbaz said that the payment of second installment of relief assistance would start from October 20 after a survey of losses of property and crops.

Shahbaz said that the Punjab government had started distribution of relief assistance before Eidul Azha, adding that the process of first installment would be completed before Eid ul Azha.

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On the occasion, the Punjab’s chief executive said that he was personally supervising the process so that the rights of flood affectees could be ensured. He said that his government was giving financial assistance of Rs25000 each to the heads of all families without any discrimination.

The CM could not stop himself from complaining to the media for covering sit-ins in Islamabad. He questioned why not those sitting in containers were visiting the flood-hit areas. He also blamed that mega projects worth billions of dollars with the cooperation of China had been delayed due to the sit-ins.

Shahbaz also said that he was fully aware of those who were sending ‘mischievous elements’ in PML-N’s public meetings. He asked Imran Khan to refrain from doing such a practice, warning that its result would be nothing except destruction.

The chief minister, during his visit to Pindi Bhattian, also got furious after seeing a large number of vehicles and reprimanded the Commissioner Gujranwala Division, DCO Hafizabad and administration. “This is not some wedding ceremony that you have brought a caravan of vehicles. All of you should have come by a coaster or van; there is no need of separate vehicles,” he added.

After visiting Pindi Bhattian, Shahbaz visited Shahpur, Sargodha and reviewed the arrangements made at the relief centres. The district administration gave a briefing on the occasion. Addressing the public meeting at Shahpur, the CM lauded the efforts of administration, Pak-Army, Rescue 1122, elected representatives and concerned institutions during successful rescue and relief operation in flood-hit areas. He said that for the first time, an amount of Rs1.6m each had been given to the heirs of deceased, while Rs0.1m each to injured ones.

The Chief Minister, during his visit to Phalia, reviewed arrangements for provision of financial assistance to the flood affectees. Shahbaz Sharif said that he would stand with the affected people till complete rehabilitation. The CM said that he would continue to visit the affected areas for supervising the distribution of relief amount and rehabilitation activities. He also inspected the process of payment at the centre and met the affectees as well the staff at the centre.

Speaking at Wazirabad, the CM said that there would be a revolution of prosperity in October, adding that fertilizer and seeds would be provided to the affected families. He said that an effective strategy would have to be adopted for minimising flood losses in future and a committee should be constituted for this purpose at national level.

Shahbaz said that his government had set up a committee for removing technical faults in barrages. He informed that 0.6m people had been affected by the recent flooding, while 2 million acre land had been damaged. He said that financial assistance would also be provided to the persons who had lost their means of livelihood.

The chief minister also supervised the process of distribution of relief assistance among flood affectees in Sambrial and gave the cheques to the affectees.

Condolence:  Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the demise of the mother of former President Farooq Leghari.

In a condolence message, the chief minister prayed for the departed soul and the members of the bereaved family.