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ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Tuesday approved release of Rs 1.059 billion for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.

"Rehabilitation of the displaced people is the top priority of our government and we have a firm commitment to restore the normal life of the people who have been supporting the government in its struggle against terrorism. Our government has so far released a total of Rs.2.8 billion to Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) in four tranches," said the finance minister in a statement.

The expenses related to temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) fall in two broad categories that is cash grant transferred to each displaced family every month and administrative and logistics expenditure incurred by FDMA and fovernment of KPK for various IDPs-related support services. 

The finance minister said, “Our government is cautious in disbursement of money to FDMA. Complete detail of all expenditures incurred from June till end of August has been obtained from the Authority before the release of this amount. A total of 60,000 families are receiving Rs. 12,000 per month to fulfill their needs. We have also been working with international agencies for providing wheat to these IDPs”.

“Ministry of National Food Security and Research has released 25,000 metric tons of wheat to World Food Programme and PASSCO for displaced population of Fata and KPK from the government of Pakistan. This speaks volumes about our priorities, we believe in service and our actions speak louder than words,” added the minister.

This amount of Rs.1.059 billion will cater to the needs of the IDPs up to the end of September 2014.