The Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin-ul-Haque said that the recent rains and the floods have caused huge destruction across the country but the government was taking all possible measures to rehabilitate all the rain hit people. He said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 6th National Incubation Centre (NIC) established in Hyderabad by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom with the cooperation of IGNITE Pakistan and the PTCL here late Monday night.
He assured the flood victims across the country, including Sindh, that the present government will not rest until their complete rehabilitation and reconstruction of their houses. Syed Amin-ul-Haq said that due to floods, the Ministry of IT and Telecom (MOITT) also faced problems and 1,000 of its towers were submerged in the flood waters, while the optic fiber lines were also affected as mostly these line were on the sides of National Highways and Railway tracks. He said that timely work was carried out by the Ministry after which water was removed from all the tower areas and now only 0.6% of the towers were under water.
He said that during the floods, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif gave instructions to resolve the connectivity issues in Balochistan and they (IT ministry) restored the service within a few hours. The federal government had taken all the telecom companies on board and ensured the continuation of call and internet services without balance in the flood affected areas, so that victims could not face any inconvenience in contacting their loved ones, Amin-ul- Haque said. He said that all the mobile phone companies were given the responsibility of collecting relief funds by the IT Ministry.