ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed to prepare a comprehensive national rehabilitation and reconstruction plan in consultation with the provincial governments so that the funds disbursement among the flood affected people could be made more transparent. The Prime Minister while chairing a high level meeting to review flood situation in the country said a uniform assessment policy would be worked out in consultation with the provinces for disbursement of the remaining amount of relief package. He said that the plan would be discussed in the Council of Common Interest to achieve national consensus. He said that the first phase of flood relief operation was close to completion and disbursement of relief assistance was in progress while second phase of rehabilitation would soon be launched in all the flood affected areas. He directed all the ministries and institutions concerned to evolve a well coordinated plan ensuring transparency. He urged concerted efforts to sensitise the international community and create better awareness about the plight of millions of flood victims as well as to mobilise support for the immediately required assistance for rehabilitation and reconstruction phase. The Prime Minister said that the government was determined to use every possible resource at its disposal to help the affected families but the volume and magnitude of catastrophe had constrained the government to seek international help to cope with the enormity of this challenge. He appreciated the international communitys cooperation in rescue and relief efforts and expressed his confidence that keeping in view the colossal losses by the floods the world community and financial organizations would consider provision of additional resources for rehabilitation and reconstruction. The Prime Minister said that the government had taken a number of steps to raise its own resources to meet the needs of the floods affected population. These measures, he added, included reprioritising the budget, freezing expenditure on last year level, diverting some of the development funds, increasing tax base and austerity in all the government departments. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeed Shaikh, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs Division Mrs Hina Rabbani Khar, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Nadeem-ul-Haq, Secretary Finance, Secretary Foreign Affairs, Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Secretary Planning, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Chairman NDMA and other senior officials of the concerned ministries.