DIR - Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) will provide free health insurance to 32,000 families under its micro-health programme of Bacha Khan Poverty Alleviation Project in eight union councils of Upper Dir, officials said.

It will also construct 114 latrines under the programme at poor people’s homes that don’t have the facility. A ceremony where cheques were distribution among the people was held in Dir that was attended by the District Coordination Officer Riaz Khan Mehsud, SRSP District Programme Manager Noor Ajab and dozens of beneficiaries. Addressing the audience, Riaz Mehsud said that Rs25,000 were being given to 24 poor families whose heads had died. He said it was in addition to the financial support the NGO had been providing under its micro-health programme. On the occasion, Rs 11,000 each were distributed among 114 families for construction of latrines as they did not have the facility. Some latrine materials were also provided to them. Speaking on the occasion, Noor Ajab said they had constructed 640 latrines and provided insurance to 5,480 families last year. He said they would give insurance to 32,000 families this year. He said that the assistance was being provided to poor families only on the survey they had conducted a couple of years ago. He said the programme was currently covering eight union councils of the district.