Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani reviewed the progress of projects under the ERRA and was briefed on development activities covering highways / roads, schools, health and municipal schemes. The Prime Minister instructed that projects that were more than 50% completed must be undertaken to ensure that the benefits reach the earthquake affectees.
The Prime Minister said this during a presentation given by Mr Hamid Yar Hiraj, Chairman and Lt Gen Sardar Mehmood Ali Khan, Deputy Chairman, ERRA here at the PM’s House today.
It was decided in the meeting that the Government of Pakistan would continue its efforts to allocate funds through the PSDP and foreign loans to benefit the earthquake affected regions of AJK and KPK. The meeting was apprised that over Rs 10 billion allocated during the current financial year have already been released.
The Prime Minister also formed a Committee headed by Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance to review the proposals for urban development including the new Balakot City through coordination between KPK Government, ERRA and the Federal Government departments. Other members of the Committee are Prime Minister of AJK, Chief Minister KPK, Chairman ERRA, Deputy Chairman ERRA and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission.
The Deputy Chairman of ERRA disclosed in the presentation that ERRA has completed over 600,000 seismically safe houses and provision of water and sanitation facilities to the affected communities.
The Deputy Chairman further said that besides the completion of 600,000 houses, programme of rehabilitation of 63,655 disabled persons is also complete including the Community Livelihood Rehabilitation programme which benefited 1022 villages.
The Chairman of ERRA said that ongoing projects which constitute 26% of the total projects would be completed by December 2012.
The Deputy Chairman added that futuristic programmes of poverty alleviation and rehabilitation were underway focusing on the trends of transitory poverty.
The representatives of the AJK, KPK and GB expressed their satisfaction that ERRA had developed into a big Organization equipped with requisite expertise to deal with natural calamities, God forbid, which would cut losses both in terms of life and property substantively.
The ERRA representatives requested for funds of Rs 6 billion from the Ministry of Finance to provide educational facilities to about 350,000 children who were still without proper schools.
It was also requested that an amount of Rs 700 million should be released to the AJK Government to settle the land acquisition as the delayed release had been hampering the development of urban projects.
The KPK Government promised to make available encumbrances free land as delay and cost of construction are adversely affecting ERRA’s strategic projects.
The Finance Minister congratulated the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman, ERRA for good work, adding that the Federal Government was with ERRA to help complete the projects.
The Deputy Chairman said that ERRA’s rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts have been acknowledged both by the UK Accreditation Services through ISO 9001 Certification and the conferment of prestigious UN Sasa Kana Award, 2011, most transparent and efficient government organization.
Prime Minister of AJK Ch Abdul Majeed, Advisor to PM on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister of State for Professional and Technical Training Sardar Shahjehan Yousaf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Qasim Shah, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr Nadeem ul Haq, Provincial Minister for Industries KPK Mr Ahmad Hussain Shah, Secretary EAD, Secretary P and D Division, Secretary Kashmir Affairs and GB, Chief Secretary AJK, Additional Chief Secretary KPK, Mr Muhammad Nawaz Allai MNA, Mr Mehboobullah Jan MNA and other senior officers were also present in the Briefing.
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