LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that worst flood caused massive destruction and loss to crops, cattle, properties and infrastructure in various areas of Punjab.

He said this while presiding over a meeting on Tuesday, which reviewed the programme of payment of second installment of financial assistance for compensation of losses of the houses, crops and livelihood to the flood affectees on the basis of survey.

The chief minister said that thousands human lives were saved due to timely steps of the Punjab government. He said that the process of payment of first installment for compensation of losses to the affectees had been completed in days and not in months as per promise in the first phase.

“Payment of first installment in a transparent manner to the flood affectees speedily is a revolution. The government will spare no effort in the rehabilitation of flood affectees,” the CM held.

Shahbaz Sharif said that financial assistance would also be given to those who had lost their livelihood. He said that losses of cattle would also be compensated. He said that all deserving persons would be provided their right.

The chief minister directed that the losses of crops and houses should be estimated on the basis of survey and programme of payment of second installment of compensation should be given a final shape at the earliest. He said that flood water should immediately be drained out and the spray should be carried out on daily basis in such areas for eradication of viral diseases.

Shahbaz Sharif said that third party audit of survey of losses will be carried out. He said that payment of financial assistance to the affectees is being made through a transparent and foolproof system and no deserving person will be deprived of his right. The Chief Minister expressed his anguish over lack of comprehensive planning and delay in some matters and reprimanded the concerned officials.

He directed that concerned departments and officers should work hard with devotion and dedication for the rehabilitation of flood affectees. He said that all concerned officials should discharge their duties with the same spirit as was shown during rescue and relief operation for the flood affectees. He directed that Ministers and Secretaries of the concerned departments should personally give briefing in the next meeting.

Director General PDMA gave a briefing on the method of payment of financial assistance in the second phase. Provincial Ministers Shuja Khanzada, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Spokesman Punjab Government Zaeem Hussain Qadri, MPA Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretaries of concerned departments and senior officers attended the meeting.

Separately, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the elements staging sit-ins have hatched an evil conspiracy to hamper the process of national development and prosperity and the people of the country have seen their real faces.

He said that sit-ins had met their political death and the nation had known who was serving the country selflessly and who was engaged in politics of chaos. He said that masses would not allow the nefarious designs of the enemies of progress and development to succeed. He said that there was a need for a new spirit, determination and commitment to make up the losses caused by sit-ins.

He was talking to elected representatives belonging to different districts who met him, here today. They included Obaid Ullah Khan Shadikhel MNA, Amanat Ullah Khan Shadikhel MPA, former MPA Ali Noor Khan Niazi, Sheikh Ijaz Ahmed MPA, Rana Shoaib Idrees Khan MPA from Faisalabad, Comrade Mian Muhammad Rafique MPA from Toba Tek Singh and Muhammad Azam Chaila MPA from Jhang.

The chief minister said that the PML-N government was implementing a comprehensive programme for the welfare and uplift of the people of the province and development projects aimed at provision of basic amenities to the masses are being completed expeditiously.

He said that process of public service is continuing and Punjab will be made an exemplary province with regard to development and prosperity. He said that a corruption-free culture has been promoted in the province. He said that welfare and interest of the people is very dear to him and national resources are being spent in an honest and transparent manner for the progress and development of the masses. He said that an effective monitoring system has been evolved for the implementation of development projects in a transparent manner so as to check wastage of public money.

Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government is introducing revolutionary reforms for the development of education, health and other social sectors. He said that target of increase in growth rate has been fixed to raise the living standard of the people and special attention is being paid to the uplift of backward areas. He said that more resources have been allocated for South Punjab districts than the ratio of their population.

He said that reforms are also been introduced for improving efficiency of provincial departments and provision of better services to the masses while information technology is also being used for this purpose. He said that speedy efforts are needed for the improvement of education and health sectors, maintenance of law and order, supply of potable water and implementation of development projects. He said that performance of every department will be monitored and they should fix their targets and work efficiently for their achievement.