Legislators for early payment to dwellers of damaged houses

Ijaz Kakakhel

Members of the Senate Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) took strong notice of the delay and stressed the need to expedite all matters related to payments of Rs0.4 million at the earliest. While being briefed by the Relief, Rehabilitation and Settlement Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding putting curbs on the survey of damaged houses and non-payment of Rs0.4 million to each household in tribal district South Waziristan.

The Committee was informed that bureaucratic hiccups were the main reason for delay payment and that a requisition worth Rs 65 billion has been submitted, yet action is awaited to-date. The Committee was informed that not audit has been conducted since the merger. Members asserted that government priorities were completely unjustified and all loopholes in the system must be removed.

These discussions were made in a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) was held today at parliament house while Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman was on chair. Senator Sania Nishter, Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Shamim Afridi, Senator Dost Muhammad Khan, Senator Gurdeep Singh, Senator Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah, Senator Haji Hidayat Ullah Khan and senior officers of the Ministry of Sates and Frontier Regions, Department of Finance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Home Department Khyber Pakhtukhwa along with all concerned attended the meeting. Discussing the change of status of Type –D Hospital to a Rural Health Centre (RHC), the Committee took notice of the non-availability of staff on a regular basis. It asserted that minimum staff of a Basic Health Unit (BHU) had been deployed, however, no one is found on premises.