KARACHI - President Asif Ali Zardari has formally launched a special flood control room in Bilawal House here on Tuesday and 'supervised the flood monitors through an elaborate network of monitoring stations and video conferencing facilities set up in all the flood-affected districts of the province and the Chief Ministers house 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Briefing the media persons about the meetings held in Bilawal House, Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said the president also issued several instructions on the spot to remove bottlenecks and ensure smooth operation of relief measures. Elected representatives and district administration officials in the district monitoring rooms gave an overview of the relief measures undertaken, the difficulties encountered and the special needs of the area, he said. The president said he would stay in Karachi as long to personally supervise the flood monitors. I will carry out surprise checks anywhere and anytime during the day and night through this modern technology to see what is going on, Babar quoted the president as having said. He said the president also directed the Nadra chairman to make special 'Pakistan Cards on the pattern of 'Watan Cards for registering the flood victims and displaced persons in Sindh in a transparent manner to receive the assistance. The Nadra was directed to work round the clock to register all the victims for transparent delivery of relief and rehabilitation aid to the victims, he said. During video conferencing with the elected representatives from Badin including National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, the president said the government would declare Badin as the most affected district of Sindh so as to focus on the relief and rehabilitation activities. On the recommendations of elected representatives, the president said he would advise the government to consider giving special relief to the farmers in the form of repayment of agricultural loans in view of the widespread losses suffered by them. Mirpurkhas was the next district visited by the president through video conference wherein he was briefed by MNA Pir Aftab Jilani, local MPAs and other district officials. The president directed that special arrangements be made for providing seeds to the farmers. The president then turned towards the chief minister who was sitting in the same control room in the CM House and directed him to take note of the special points made by the representatives of each district for prompt redressal. Later, the president also held a series of motivational meetings with NGOs, civil society; leading sportsmen and artists urging them to devise special programmes to motivate people for helping the governments flood relief efforts. The meetings were also attended by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, provincial ministers, MNAs, MPAs and senior federal and provincial government officials. While addressing the countrys leading sportsmen, artists, NGOs and civil society, the president described the recent floods as 'huge challenge. He said the UN had launched an international appeal for assistance to Pakistan but basically it were the government and the people of Pakistan who had to rise to the challenge and alleviate the sufferings of the people. The president said Pakistan had witnessed many calamities in the recent past including the earthquake, displaced persons from Swat and Malaknd, last years floods and militancy. Nothing, however, would shake our resolve to overcome all these problems, the president said. He said he had called Pakistani Ambassador in China Masood Khan to Karachi and asked him to seek Chinese assistance in arranging tents for temporary shelter to the flood victims. Masood Khan arrived from Beijing and attended todays meetings in Bilawal House, Babar said. All those who attended the meeting assured the president of their support in fighting the calamities of floods and promised to hold special events in this regard. The president also met Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfikar Magsi and discussed the overall situation in the province. Sindh Provincial Minister Nadir Magsi was also present.