Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed the allocation of more than Rs 300 billion by the federal government and Rs 800 billion by the Sindh government for Karachi as a good start for the development of the city of Quaid.
Addressing the flood victims and workers in the flood-hit western district of Karachi, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the recent torrential rains in Sindh had severely damaged agriculture and various standing crops including rice, cotton and sugarcane.
He said that farmers and small business people were in dire straits while relief was also needed in Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Umerkot, Tharparkar and other districts.
Bilawal said that in such a situation, there is a need to formulate a national policy for non-discriminatory assistance and rehabilitation.
He said that after the recent torrential rains, it was necessary to work in the same manner as former President Asif Ali Zardari had taken care of the people during natural calamities in 2010 and 2011 while issuing Watan cards and Pakistan cards to the victims. Assistance was provided without discrimination.
It should be noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a package of Rs 1100 billion to solve the problems facing Karachi in which both the federal and provincial governments will cooperate.
After chairing a special meeting on measures for the city on the occasion of his special visit to Karachi, the Prime Minister held a news conference with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
The Prime Minister said that after the outbreak of Coronavirus, a committee was formed immediately and similar action was taken on the issue of locusts and now it has been decided to deal with the flood situation across the country due to rains.
He said that due to the problems arising in Karachi due to rains, it was decided to solve all other problems together.
He said that in all the projects announced, we are trying to complete the first phase in one year and all other phases in three years.
The Prime Minister announced that any decision taken now would be overseen by the Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC).