LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that flood has awakened the whole nation and there is a need for displaying the same spirit of sacrifice for national progress and prosperity as has been displayed for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims. He was addressing a meeting of the PML-N Punjab at the Chief Ministers Secretariat here on Tuesday, says a handout. Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood of Muslim League Functional, Noor Haider Niazi of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and Dr Tahir Ali Javed of Unification Group were also present on the occasion. The CM said that the meeting of parliamentary party was being held at a time when the country was faced with large-scale flood devastation and consequently a heavy damage to economy. He said that help and assistance to the flood affectees was not politics but it was service to distressed humanity and no effort should be spared in this regard. He said that elected representatives, administration, police, welfare organisations, philanthropists and Army played a commendable role for the rescue and relief of the flood victims and in saving human lives during the calamity. He said that the Punjab government diverted all its resources towards rescue and relief of the flood victims since the beginning of the flood and motivated the marooned people to shift to tent villages set up by the government. He said that provincial government also took measures on emergent basis for the provision of immediate relief and succour in tent villages as well as the flood affectees who had taken refuge on hillocks and other safer places and essential items worth Rs 2.5 billion including food and nine lakh mineral water bottles were distributed from its own resources. He said that more than 1.5 lakh bags of dry ration as well as fodder for livestock were also provided to the flood affectees. He said that effective measures were also taken to check the outbreak of viral disease in the flood-hit areas. He said that people had started returning to their homes after receding of floodwater and now there was the enormous challenge of their rehabilitation and enabling them to resume their normal life. The CM said that he was thankful to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for cooperation in the distribution of Watan Cards among the calamity-stricken people and funds had also started coming from the federal government for distribution among the flood victims. He said that a programme had been involved for the provision of free seeds and fertilizers among the affected farmers having up to 25 acres of land and this process, costing Rs eight billion, would be started from October 15. He further said that the country has more problems than resource and the current situation where foreign assistance is being awaited for flood affectees is the result of corruption, injustices and oppression in the country during the last 63 years. CM Shahbaz stressed upon the assembly members to ensure their attendance in the assembly session and take active part in the legislative process. Assembly members gave their proposals regarding construction of modern villages in place of the ones destroyed by the flood.