DAWN, QUETTA, 04th OCTOBER 2013: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that a committee comprising members of the provincial assembly will be set up soon to monitor rehabilitation and reconstruction work in earthquake-stricken areas of Awaran and Kech districts.
“…lawmakers of all political parties will be given representation in the parliamentary committee to ensure transparency in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process,” he said while addressing members of the Balochistan Assembly at a briefing organised by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority on Thursday.
“We are striving hard to provide aid to all affected people and relief activities were started soon after the quake struck,” he said, adding that secretaries of the departments concerned and he himself were in Awaran to monitor the relief work.
Mr Baloch said that chief ministers of Punjab and Sindh, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker, two provincial ministers and PDMA Punjab’s director had visited affected areas and provided relief goods and promised more aid.
He said the chief minister Punjab had provided a helicopter which was being used in carrying out relief work. Besides, the Pakistan Army, the Frontier Corps and administration had been providing relief goods among the survivors on an emergency basis and the process was continuing.
The chief minister said that Erra chairman after a visit to quake-hit areas had announced that houses would be built for all affected people.
Besides, he added, the owner of Bahira Town, Malik Riaz, had announced Rs200,000 for each affected family. The AJK government, he said, had sent a cheque for Rs40 million.
Earlier, PDMA Balochistan’s Director General Hafiz Abdul Basit informed the lawmakers that 37,000 families and 185,000 people had been affected by the quake.