Flood Relief: Opportunists WAY Outnumber Victims in the flood-hit areas



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    Though this story is about Mianwali, having talked to those involved directly in flood-relief, I am sure the same holds true elsewhere as well.

    MIANWALI, Sept 14: Instead of focusing solely on people affected by floods, it is learnt the government has decided to pay Rs20,000 to each family living in the flood-hit areas. The latest move has increased the compensation budget from Rs34 million to Rs400 million for Mianwali district alone.

    Though the floods have partially damaged these areas, the new compensation policy envisages financial assistance for the unaffected but influential people who are being patronised by lawmakers.

    As per official reports, 790,000 of the total 1,426,000 acres, 153 of the 256 villages and more than 600,000 people were affected by floods in this district.

    The federal and provincial governments have agreed to pay compensation to all people of the area where the floodwaters entered. Agile MPAs and MNAs, sensing the inbuilt flaws in the new policy, jumped in the field and succeeded in getting the areas of their constituencies declared flood affected just to help certain people get Watan Visa Cards.

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    People are nonplussed at the rationale of distribution of charity to unaffected and well off people who used their influence to get their areas declared calamity-hit.

    The flood affected people are shocked to see that herds of so-called flood affected people driving brand new cars can be seen at ATM machines getting Rs20,000 in the name of flood compensation.

    PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Watan Card in Punjab on Sept 9 at the Government Degree College for Boys in Mianwali. On this occasion, it was declared that 17,000 families, which suffered major or minor losses during the floods, would be compensated through the Watan Card, but the current situation is entirely different.

    According to a survey conducted earlier, only 118 houses were damaged - 28 fully and 90 partially - in Mauza Wattakhel, but all 4000 families of the Mauza will receive Rs20,000 each. Same is the position in Shahbaz Khel and other flood-affected areas.

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    118 affected BUT 4000 getting relief

    (So basically what we are seeing is ALL parties sitting in the parliament using public money to buy future votes, specially PPP, PML-N, and MQM)