LAHORE  - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has claimed to have made history by compensating the flood-hit people in a record time.

Addressing flood affectees from Chiniot on Friday, the chief minister held that the second phase of payment of financial assistance to the flood affectees of 16 districts, under the historic package of Rs16 billion, was underway in a speedy and transparent manner. He added that the promise to enable the affected people to stand on their own feet had been fulfilled.

“Our government will continue to support the flood-hit people until they are fully rehabilitated,” the CM reaffirmed his commitment.

Referring towards Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri, Shahbaz Sharif said that the nefarious elements, who are staging sit-ins, had shown worst apathy by leaving the flood affectees alone in the hour of need. They also hatched the conspiracy to get the visit of Chinese President and other international leaders postponed, he further alleged.

He said that PTI chief Imran Khan had tarnished the image of the country, adding that nation would never forgive him for such actions. “They remained busy in musical shows, when people were leaving their homes in flood-hit areas. Now, Dr Qadri is enjoying cool breezes of Canada while Imran Khan is telling lies on the container,” he continued. Though the recent flood was the worst in history of the country, the federal and Punjab government took unprecedented measures for rehabilitation of the calamity-hit people, he held.

The chief minister also said that a compensation of Rs80,000 was being given for a totally destroyed house, while Rs40,000 each for partially damaged houses. He said that the first installment, at the rate of Rs25,000 each, had already been distributed. He added that the compensation for losses of crops, at the rate of Rs10,000 per acre up to 12.5 acres land, was being given while Rs10,000 each was being given to the people who had lost their means of livelihood. Shahbaz Sharif said that such a huge amount has never been given in such a short time to the affectees of any calamity in the history of the country.

“In the second installment of financial assistance, about Rs600 million is being given to 15,000 flood affectees of Chiniot distric,” Shahbaz informed.

The chief minister visited the centre for the payment of financial assistance to the flood affected people in Bhawana and reviewed the arrangements. He also met the affected people and inquired about the arrangements made for their rehabilitation.