LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that there is a need for accelerating the pace of rehabilitation of flood affectees and he is personally visiting Watan Card centres for this purpose. He said that ATM machines for drawing cash with Watan Cards were being increased while the number of NADRA complaint cells for re-issuance of ID cards lost in the flood was also being enhanced. He also announced provision of seeds and fertilizers to the farmers free of cost having lands up to 25 acres in the flood-hit areas as well as waiving off the fees of students in the calamity-stricken areas. He was talking to journalists after addressing the flood-hit people during his visit to Watan Card centre set up at the Government Elementary College Kot Addu. Leader of Tablighi Jamaat and a prominent scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil also accompanied him. The CM said that flood had caused devastation at a large scale and almost every person had been affected. He said that food was going beyond the reach of farmers who used to feed others but the Punjab government would not allow this to happen and every citizen, labourer and farmer would be helped to stand on his own feet. He said that the areas where 50 per cent houses and crops were destroyed had been declared calamity-stricken and the people were being compensated. He said that satellite images of flood-affected areas had been obtained and Watan Cards were being issued on their basis. He said that compensation would also be paid to the people whose houses were inundated but not destroyed as the floodwater had weekend their foundations and reduced the life of such houses. The Chief Minister said that there is a need for accelerating the functioning of six Watan Card centres of Muzaffargarh for the timely payment of financial assistance to the flood victims. He said that out of the sum of 20 thousand rupees being given to the flood-hit people, 10 thousand rupees have been provided by federal government while the remaining amount is being paid by Punjab government. He said that he considers rehabilitation of the flood affectees as his responsibility and will make every effort for its fulfilment. He also made an appeal to Ulema to play their role in the psychological treatment of the flood-hit people through religious teachings. Later, the CM inaugurated 200-bedded Ehsas Mobile Hospital set up at Kot Addu with the collaboration of Islamic Health Centre Britain. Heads of various organisations who had contributed towards establishment of the hospital were also present on the occasion. The CM visited outdoor, X-ray room, laboratory, ultrasound room and other sections of the mobile hospital and highly appreciated their standard. Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government is providing medicines to the hospitals free of cost. He issued instructions for the provision of air-conditioners and free electricity to the mobile hospital on behalf of Punjab government.