PM announces compensation package for earthquake victims
Nawaz says families of persons killed in quake will be given Rs 0.6m, injured 0.1m, while disabled to get Rs 0.2m each
PESHAWAR – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday announced a relief package by the federal government for the earthquake affected people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Announcing the package at a news conference in Peshawar on Wednesday, the prime minister said that the package has been prepared in consultation with the Pakhtunkhwa government.He said that the families of persons killed in the earthquake will be given Rs 0.6 million per person. He said that the injured will be given Rs 0.1 million, while those disabled in the devastating quake will be given Rs 0.2 million each.
The prime minister said that Rs 0.2 million would also be given for the construction of completely damaged houses while Rs one million each for the partially damaged houses. He said that the process of payment of compensation will start from Monday. PM Nawaz said that both the federal and provincial governments will share cost of the package.
The prime minister commended Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak for personally taking part in relief works. “We will fully support CM Pervez Khattak’s efforts,” he said.When asked by a journalist, the prime minister said that the relief package was as much for FATA as for Pakhtunkhwa province. Later, the prime minister will visit Chitral to have an aerial view of the quake hit areas and to meet with the affected people.