ISLAMABAD - On the directions of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the federal government has devised a comprehensive rehabilitation plan to ensure rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan back to their homes with dignity, once the operation Zarb-e-Azb is over.

The federal government has provided around Rs 8 billion for IDPs so far while Rs 358.236 million have already been distributed among 29,853 families. According to the latest data available, 929,859 IDPs belonging to 80302 families have been registered so far. However, final figures would be known after NADRA completes its verification process. The IDPs’ registration process is expected to be completed by July 15.

The federal government has also announced donation of one-day salary of its employees to the IDPs amounting to Rs 200 million.

An agreement has been signed between Zong and Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) for further distribution of cash among the IDPs in a transparent and efficient manner.

Electricity, temporary mosques and medical facilities including doctors and medicines have been made available to IDPs in camps. Also, supply of clean drinking water and ice has been ensured.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has provided some 100,000 PPR (Peste des Petits Ruminants) vaccines to help contain the spread of disease among the IDPs and their host communities. The PPR is an acute contagious disease found in livestock and poultry.

Around 100,000 food baskets have also been distributed with the assistance of Pakistan army, UAE government and the WFP.

The government’s relief package includes Rs 20,000 per month for food and non-food items and monthly house rent for each family of IDPs besides Rs 20,000 given to them as one-time Ramazan package.

About 5,000 food packages, weighing 110-kg each, are being distributed every day through 11 food distribution points among the affected people.

A three-day anti-polio campaign has been started from Saturday in 6 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Hangu, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak and Tank, where the IDPs have taken up temporary residence. During the three-day drive 4,000 teams will visit IDP camps and homes where the migrant children are residing.

In order to supplement the efforts of the federal government, the government of Punjab is also taking various measures, which include setting up of a relief fund for IDPs to provide cash amounts to the displaced families. Punjab government has deposited a sum of Rs 500,000,000, while assembly members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz have donated one month’s salary towards this fund. Shahbaz Sharif Volunteer Force for IDPs has been created to help the displaced families.