PDMA releases 18.8 million rupees for IDPs

PESHAWAR:

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has released funds of Rs 18.8 million for people affected by Operation “Zarb-e-Azb” in North Waziristan.

Of the total funds, 11.2 million rupees have been earmarked for cash assistance and the remaining 7.5 million rupees for the monthly ration, said a press release issued here on Friday.

Each family will receive Rs 12,000 per month, which is repatriated from Afghanistan while a ration allowance of Rs 8,000 per family would be distributed via SIM cards.

The registration of the repatriated families was completed upon their return to the Ghulam Khan border and their formal verification was also carried out by NADRA.

Verification of nearly 1,000 affected returnee families from Afghanistan had been completed and verification of other families was in progress. According to PDMA, the process of repatriation of affected families from Afghanistan was launched on December 10, 2021 and to date nearly 4,500 families have been repatriated.

The registration of repatriated families is done at the Pak-Afghan Ghulam Khan border and then verified by NADRA. Each returnee family receives health care, vaccinations, cooked food, non-edible items, kitchen utensils, warm duvets, blankets, tents, mats and free transportation at the border.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 29and, 2022.

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