ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani allocated additional Rs 1.25 billion for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and directed the concerned agencies to evolve a comprehensive and well-coordinated plan for the next phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected areas. He was chairing a meeting of Strategic Policy Committee on IDPs at the PM House on Wednesday. The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Finance to release Rs 180 million for Cash for Food Programme for 6000 dislocated families of Waziristan. In Bajaur and Mohmand agencies where the situation has become normal and peace has been restored, the Prime Minister further directed to initiate arrangements for the early return of displaced persons. Commending the hard work and ceaseless services of the provincial government and Special Support Group for the IDPs, the Prime Minister said that the safe return of the displaced population had commenced after the successful military operation and hoped that the process would be completed soon. He said that more than 80 per cent of these people were using their own transport to get back to their homes and the rest were being transported through the governments arranged facilities. The PM said the military operation had been a significant success, which had not only been welcomed by the local population but had also been endorsed by the entire nation, political parties and the international community. We acknowledge the sacrifices made by the Pakistan Army in re-establishing the writ of the state in the conflict zone and in elimination of extremist elements, the Prime Minister added. The meeting was informed that around Rs five billion had already been distributed amongst the affected families. The essential services had been restored in Shangla, Dir, Swat and Buner, the meeting was further informed.