Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif visited flood affected tehsils and villages of Jhang and Toba Tek Singh districts today and reviewed the flood situation as well as relief activities. He also met flood-hit people in relief camps and inquired about their problems.
The Chief Minister during his visit to Kot Khair and Wajlana areas of Tehsil Jhang directed to accelerate relief activities.
Addressing the flood-hit people, Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has provided record funds for coping with flood situation and carrying out relief operation. He said that every penny of public money will be spent on resolving the problems of the distressed people and they will not be left alone at this moment of trial.
He said that government is utilizing maximum resources to provide relief to the calamity-hit people. Taking notice of complaints regarding sudden breach in the protective embankment of rural area of Wajlana, the Chief Minister ordered an inquiry and constituted a committee which would furnish its report in this regard.
He said that stern action will be taken against the officers who have not provided timely warning to the people of the area regarding the breach in the dyke. He said that despite provision of compensation to the flood affectees, provincial government will also undertake repair of electric installations especially tube-wells and motors from its own resources and will ensure payment to the cultivators by the sugar mills within 48 hours. He assured the affectees that not only their losses will be compensated but their houses will also be got constructed and the first installment of compensation to the affectees will be made before Eid. Shahbaz Sharif said that he and the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will not rest content till rehabilitation of flood-hit people.
The Chief Minister was also given a detailed briefing by DCO regarding flood situation and relief work in Jhang. Shahbaz Sharif also visited affected areas of Chund Bharwana and while addressing the flood affectees, he said that will continue to visit the area till resolution of their problems and will make all out efforts. Shahbaz Sharif said that he is with the calamity-hit people at this moment of trial and will stay with them till rehabilitation.
The Chief Minister also visited flood hit area of Garh Maharaja of District Jhang. He met flood affectees and inquired about their problems. He said that though it is difficult time but with the grace of Allah it will soon be over. Shahbaz Sharif said that he will not rest content till the losses of the flood-hit people are compensated. Moreover, he said that fertilizer and seeds will also be provided to the flood hit people free of cost. Shahbaz Sharif said that Imran Khan has no concern with the people dying due to flood or flood destruction. He said that people will treat Imran Khan in the same manner in next elections.
The Chief Minister also visited Shorkot and inspected relief camp. The administration gave briefing to the Chief Minister about relief activities. Shahbaz Sharif directed the administration to further accelerate relief activities and work hard for providing maximum relief to the brothers and sisters in distress. Shahbaz Sharif visited flood-hit areas of Tehsil Pir Mehal of Toba Tek Singh and visited relief camps in the adjacent village of Mai Safuran. The Chief Minister met flood affectees, mingled with them and inquired about their problems.
The Chief Minister addressing the affectees said that government will not leave them alone and best meal will be provided to them three times a day in relief camps. On this occasion, he directed the administration that there must be mutton with the meal. He warned that strict action will be taken against the officers of concerned districts on providing substandard meal. He said that Rs. ten crore have been provided to each affected district for providing relief to the affectees.
Therefore, this money should be spent on flood affectees with honesty, he added. People of the area and flood affectees told Shahbaz Sharif that there is no school from Sindhlianwali to Kot Abdul Rahim, upon which, the Chief Minister announced setting up of a high school in the area.