CM chairs meeting about new IDPs of arrangements

Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has asked the authorities of Home, Social Welfare, relief departments and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to make brisk arrangements for the newly coming IDPs of Khyber Agency in the province.

He made it clear that IDPs whether new or old must not face any difficulties anywhere in the province so much so that besides catering their needs of hygiene, water supply and provision of other essential facilities, adequate arrangements of education and imparting skills to their youth and women must also be made.

He said such arrangements would not only fulfill the obligations of hospitality and IDPs would not feel loneliness in any respect but they on repatriation to their tribal agencies and homes would also be able to live a healthy and respectable life and thus would feel that their precious time was also not wasted. He strictly directed to develop close liaison with concerned federal ministries in finalizing all such arrangements for best optimum results.

Pervez Khattak while agreeing with the decision of identifying camp places and arrangements in Hangu and Nowshera for the new IDPs further made it clear that for this purpose besides improving the infrastructure for IDPs and locals also review the social and economic impacts and create such a friendly environment that enabled the local people to whole heartedly cooperate with the IDPs as well as future planning become more easier.

He expressed these views while chairing an emergent meeting for arrangements of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Khyber Agency including Bara and Teerah at CM Secretariat Peshawar that took stock of the fresh arrivals and problems faced by the IDPs camped at Jalozai and other tents villages whereas some important decisions were also taken.

Besides Minister Social Welfare Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani, MPAs Nadia Sher, Maleeha Tanvir, Commissioner Peshawar Capt ® Muneer Azam, Relief officials, DG PDMA, DG FDMA, DC Nowshera, Provincial General Secretary PTI and IDPs focal person Khalid Masood also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister issued on the spot directives to Secretary Relief and Director General PDMA for prompt actions to that effect. He assured to redress all problems and issues of IDPs besides arranging education courses for their children and skills for women.

Pervez Khattak said that people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA are the same together and in no way different from each other adding that both are linked by the strong bonds of race, religious, culture, language and many other commonalities. He said that the government and people of province equally shared the grief and joys of their tribal brethren and were ready to render all types of sacrifices for the same.

He said our tribal brethren are infct rendering sacrifices and faced with enormous hardships for the sake of the safety and integrity of the motherland and nation. “The people of FATA are the integral part of our national whole and as such they will not be left alone in their difficult times and rather helped out in all possible manners”, Mr Khattak said.

He called for effective measures to provide relief to the IDPs of FATA camped in various pockets of the province and directed the provincial, district administration and police authorities to behave with them in a polite and friendly way as well as also resolve their issues related to the federal govt. The authorities assured concrete steps of the provincial government for relief of IDPs and full support for the same.

On this occasion the authorities told that PDMA has finalized arrangements for the stay of two thousand newly IDPs expected families at Togh Serai area of Hangu adjacent to Orakzai Agency. However the arrival of no IDP family was recorded these until now. Similarly suitable place was being related in Nowshera for IDPs coming through Peshawar and adjacent area besides their stay with relatives and in rented houses.

For this purpose, the DG PDMA Tahri Aurkzai told the meeting, survey was being conducted of the vast open fields in Nowshera that were comparatively closer to Jalozai camp where thousands of Bara affectees were already staying whereas besides the district administration, the engineers of C &W and PHE were fully cooperating with PDMA.

Similarly UNHCR and other international relief agencies have also been approached formally to extend possible assistance in this regard. However the Chief Minister directed for contacting the high ups of FDMA and other concerned federal govt ministries on emergency grounds for help to achieve more fruitful results and these arrangements prove comprehensive and satisfactory in all respects.

The authorities further revealed that payment process of Rs.35 million @ Rs. 5 thousand Per IDPs family at Jalozai camp as announcement of the Chief Minister has been started from yesterday (Tuesday) while the provision of basic facilities for IDPs of NWA at Bannu and other southern districts have been further improved whereas efforts have been expedited for catering the winter needs of IDPs at camps all over the province.

Pervez Khattak while directing for continuously looking into the maximum relief of IDPs also lauded the spirit of welfare organization for establishing IDPs camps and providing them relief goods.

However he made clear that IDPs staying anywhere must be registered with PDMA and the facilities being provided to them should be properly recorded so that no doubling could occur and the available resources could be equally provided to maximum deserving affectees.

Similarly he asked for saving the data of about 2.50 lakh IDPs scattered in various cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all over the country so that besides better planning and facilitation, no ugly incidents could happen anywhere in the country in this regard.

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