PESHAWAR - Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), as implementing partner of UNDP-funded project “Early Recovery and Restoration of Flood Affected Communities Programme” has distributed a grant of Rs 2.4 million among floods affectees in Hasara Hasinzai area of district Charsadda.

A grant of Rs 30,000 distributed among each small enterprise belonging to Union Council Hasara Hasinzai in a ceremony held here in Hasara Hasinzai, district Charssada. The grant had extended to more than 80 small business enterprisers to revive their flood affected small businesses and reenergize economic activities in their respective localities.

The Smeda, National Program Manager, (NPM), Sultan Tawana, the programme Provincial Coordinator, Ms Noor Zeba, Coordinator Business Support Centre, district Charsadda, Adnan Khan, former Nazim, Sirtaj Khan, members of village advisor committee, notable of the areas and beneficiary of the project were present on the occasion.

Noor Zeba, while addressing her welcome address, explained the aims and objectives of the ER-project. She said the project had practical executed in different flood affectees areas and extended all kind of its benefits to deserving people. She maintained that they had organized several training program and awareness session under the project as per proposal and recommendations of the locals of the flood hit areas. She said that the grant has been extended following a proper scrutiny process to keep high transparency and fairness in its distribution.

Sultan Tawana, while speaking the occasion, expressed the hope that the grant wasn’t only support to revive flood affected businesses, but also helpful to bring economic property and development of business activities in the area. He urged the beneficiaries to utilise grant in a proper way to pick up their flood hit businesses, there was needed to maximum focus on business development of their respective areas, he added.

Tawana suggested that there should be formed different committees on Agriculture, Livestock, Handicraft, and other skill development work to get new ideas and proposal for development of businesses. “We would extend maximum financial assistance for economic development of district Charssada”, the SMEDA NPM said. However, he said it could be happened if yield positive results from the existing grants extended with support of UNDP to flood affectees. 

The notable and beneficiaries had extended special gratitude to UNDP-SMEDA for provision of financial assistance and expressed the hope to extend project other parts of the district. Later, Sultan Tawana, NPM SMEDA, distributed cheques among the beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), General Secretary, Iqbal Zafar  Jhagra said on Sunday that the government would have to write letter to the Swiss government, adding that the time was not too much far when the government would be forced to write letter to the Swiss government.

Speaking at a public meeting at Pando Road in the residence of the PML (N), KP, Secretary Information, Nasir Khan Musazai. Besides others, PML (N) KP President, Pir Sabir Shah, General Secretary Rehmat Salam Khattak, Farid Tofan, Nasir Musazai and Arbab Akbar Hayat also spoke on the occasion.

Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that from the day one conspiracies had been hatched to weaken Muslim League. “Let us strengthen hands of the PNL (N) Chief Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.”

He said the incumbent rulers were busy looting the national exchequer with both hands. There was no example of such a huge scale corruption in Pakistan’s history in the past. He said Railways was bankrupt, while decisions of the superior courts were not accepted.

He said that Mian Nawaz Sharif had the capability to pull country out of the challenges that it has been facing since long. He said that conspiracies were being hatched against Muslim League as all its opponents were united to weaken the Muslim League, but he added, they would not let their opponents succeed in their designs.

Speaking on the occasion, PML (N), KP, President Pir Sabir Shah said that whenever PPP came into power, prices of essential commodities got hiked as well as lawlessness was gifted to the nation, adding that the US was violating Pakistan’s sovereignty, but the government was like a silent spectator.