PESHAWAR, Oct 28 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday announced a compensation package for the people of earthquake affected areas of Khyber Pakhthunkhwa, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan that would be handed over to the affected people in shortest possible time.
Addressing a press conference following a briefing here at the Governor House, the Prime Minister was appreciative of the rescue,relief and rehabilitation work being carried out by the Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Army and the civil administration.
The prime Minister said the federal government in close consultation with the provincial government agreed on the compensation package, with both the sides to have a share of 50 percent.
To a question he said the federal and provincial governments were working in close coordination, while rising above the political affiliations or any differences.
"The days of division on party basis are over, now we all stand united at a critical juncture, and are working selflessly to serve the masses, who are facing a difficult time."
He said all steps would be taken to ensure that the real victims get the compensation amount, that would be verified by a three member committee, comprising representatives of the administration, local representative and one from the Pakistan army.
He said the verification process will take four days and cheques would be distributed from Monday - Nov 2, and completed in all areas by Thursday.
He said the compensation would be paid to the families of those who lost their lives, the injured and the loss of property in the earthquake.
The Prime Minister announced Rs 600,000 for the dead, Rs 100,000 for injured,and for those who lost a limb - Rs 200,000. He said the compensation amount was very little for their pain and grief, but
said it was an effort on part of the government to assist them in their hour of need.
He said the government would pay an amount of Rs 200,000 for houses that have been fully damaged and Rs 100,000 for partially damaged houses.
The Prime Minister said according to his initial information,so far 208 deaths have been reported from KPK, while 29 from FATA, while around 1000 were injured. He said while reporting the
number of dead, it was important that correct, official figures were reported so that there was no confusion.
To a question he said the federal government would pay the entire compensation amount for victims in FATA, and if the provincial government wishes it can make its contribution.
Prime Minister Sharif said relief and rehabilitation work was now picking pace, following the search and rescue phase. He said, he was in constant touch with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Despite the inaccessible location of affected areas and distances involved, efforts were being made to reach out to the people, maximum by tomorrow, he added.
The Prime Minister thanked Allah Almighty that the losses were not as severe as these were in the 7.6 magnitude 2008 earthquake, that was lesser in magnitude than the 8.1 magnitude one that struck the region on Monday.
The Prime Minister who visited Shangla yesterday said the weather has turned cold over the past few days and it was vital that the rehabilitation work was completed in the shortest possible time.
The meeting was attended by Governor KPK Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervez Rashid, senior officials of the NDMA, Pakistan Army, Provincial Disaster Management Authority and concerned departments.