KOT ADDU (APP) Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday that the political parties might have different perspectives from each other but they were united to mitigate the sufferings of the flood-hit people. The Prime Minister expressed these views while addressing a ceremony for distribution of Watan Cards among the flood-hit people at Kot Addu tehsil of Muzaffargarh district, the second city in south Punjab that was submerged by furious floods after Daira Deen Panah last August. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was also present at this unusual ceremony where two leaders of different parties addressed the same audience. The PM said as the winter was approaching, the philanthropists and NGOs should come forward and donate tents to save the flood-hit people against extreme cold weather. He said the government would not sit idle till the distribution of Rs 20,000 assistance among the affected families through Watan Cards, adding that it would be enhanced up to Rs 100,000. Repair and reconstruction of demolished houses might take a month or two and people would certainly need temporary shelter during the winter season, the PM observed. We are making efforts jointly to serve flood-hit people, the PM said. He specifically lauded services of CM Shahbaz for the flood-hit people and also thanked workers of all parties, office-bearers, MNAs, MPAs, ministers and advisors for their contribution. It is the beauty of our reconciliation policy that slogans are being raised in support of the PML-N and the PPP at one place, the PM said. The Premier said he had visited Kot Addu for the purpose of distributing the Watan Cards on the invitation of Shahbaz, adding that the reconciliation policy had helped the government provided relief to affected communities in a better way. He said Rs 20,000 assistance was being provided to the flood-affectees through Watan Cards and a strategy would be discussed and finalised in consultation with the provinces in the next meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to enhance the aid. The PM said the government was fully aware of the sufferings of the poor, adding that the people had lost their homes, crops and livestock in the floods. Promising free agriculture inputs to farmers in the flood-hit areas, the PM said seed and fertilizers would also be provided to them under a strategy to be prepared in consultation with the provinces. On demand of the people, Gilani said he would instruct Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd and Wapda to consider how the flood-hit people could be provided relief in agriculture loans and electricity bills. Our staff reporter adds: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced that seven-marla State land will be given to the families whose houses have been destroyed due to floodwaters. He was speaking at a briefing given to him during the inspection of Watan Card Centre Kot Addu on Saturday. He was accompanied by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Premier Gilani paid rich tributes to CM Shahbaz for demonstrating excellent administrative qualities during the relief operation. The CM said seeds and fertilizers would also be given free-of-cost to the farmers of waterlogged areas on the pattern of flooded areas. He said the Federal and Punjab governments were providing equal funds for Watan Card Scheme. He also said Watan Card was the right of every family of the flood-hit areas and nobody would be deprived of financial assistance. The Watan Cards have been issued to 78,000 affected families in Dera Ghazi Khan Division, he said, assuring that he would not be satisfied until every calamity-stricken family was provided financial assistance. Shahbaz further said satellite images had been taken of the flood-hit areas for the distribution of Watan Cards, which were being issued through computerised database of NADRA. He said the government was making every effort for ensuring transparency in Watan Card Scheme. He said the flood-hit areas, which had been left out from Watan Card Scheme so far, would be included if pointed out. He said the areas, where more than 40 per cent losses, had been declared calamity-stricken while financial assistance of Rs 20,000 would be given to the affectees in the areas where devastation rate was lower than 40 per cent. He also assured that free seeds and fertilizers would be given to the cultivators of flood-hit areas having up to 25 acres of land. Similarly, he said, 'farmers will also be given this facility in the areas which have been water logged by floods. About 7-marla plots will be given free of cost to the families whose houses have been destroyed due to floodwaters. He appreciated the performance of Army, administration and police in the relief and rescue activities and said the logistics support of Pak Army greatly helped in the success of the operation. He also thanked the Federal govt for the preparation of the Watan Cards.