Karachi - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the housing units of Turkish Housing Scheme in Thatta would be allotted to the flood-affected people of Thatta and Sajawal.

Presiding over a meeting on Turkish Housing Scheme in Thatta, built with the support of Turkey’s government, the CM directed Hyderabad Commissioner Qazi Shahid Pervez, Sindh Disaster Management Authority DG Salman Shah and others to hand over schools in the scheme to a well-reputed organisation in order to provide quality education to the children of those displaced by floods.

The scheme has 2120 housing units; each unit has two rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a courtyard and a veranda.

There are two schools with 32 classrooms. It has a commercial center with 12 shops, three mosques, two community centers, one health center and a sports complex.

Talking about handing over of health center, Murad directed the commissioner to give it to PPHI so that it could provide quality health services.

The chief minister was told that arrangements had been made in the scheme for the water supply and proper drainage system, and as far as provision of electricity was concerned, it was almost complete; only the meters were to be installed.

Approving the criteria for the allotment of housing units, the CM said that the permanent or present address of the allottee must be of district Thatta or Sajawal in his/her CNIC.

“He or she must be a beneficiary of CDCP-II (Watan Card Phase-II), with household damaged category,” the CM said, and added, “He or she must be below 16/17, beneficiary of Benazir Income Support Programme, and that he or she has not been provided a shelter or help by any government agency, NGO or INGO.” Regarding shops, it was decided that there would be an open auction in order to ensure better protection of the residential facilities.

There are 36,069 flood affectees (household damage), including 13622 in Thatta and 22447 in Sajawal.

Therefore, the chief minister directed the district administrations of Thatta and Sajawal to provide the list of those affectees, who had already been provided shelter either by the government, an NGO or ING, under any relief or rehabilitation programme.

Hyderabad Commissioner told the CM on the occasion that 35, 284 flood-affected people were eligible for balloting.

“The lists of eligible allottees have been displayed at the offices of DCs, ACs, Mukhtiarkars as well as PDMA office,” he said, and added, “ A public notice was accordingly published in May in local and national newspapers, inviting objections, if any, from the affectees, who might be thinking that they were left out despite meeting the eligibility criteria.”

The Sindh Bank has developed a software, and on the advice of Adil Gilani of Transparency International Pakistan, some changes have been made in the software.

The chief minister directed the commissioner to make necessary arrangements for the inauguration of balloting.