SCCLB Approves Procedure for Payment to Flood Victims

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Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Environment Protection and Cooperatives Mohammad Basharat Raja chaired the meeting of the Sub-Committee of Cabinet on Legislative Business ( SCCLB), approved the procedure for payment of relief grant to flood victims in Punjab. Cabinet Committee was informed that the Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) would transfer the amount to Punjab Bank which would be directly received by the affected families. “A complete database of affected families has been developed and they will be notified through SMS. The tradition of issuing government cheques and the requirement to open an account has been done away with. If the recipient wants, he or she can withdraw the money as needed or take it all at once. A debit card will also be issued in this regard” said DG PDMA. Provincial Law Minister Khurram Shehzad Virk and Communications and Works Minister Ali Afzal Sahi also participated in the meeting. Chairman Committee Raja Basharat directed that funds should be provided to flood victims in a transparent manner. The Cabinet Committee also approved the appointment of Health Minister Prof. Dr. Yasmin Rashid as the Chairperson Monitoring Authority for P-hota, an authority for organ transplants and the appointment of a member of the Punjab Environment Tribunal. Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Muhammad Basharat Raja directed the Secretary Environment Protection to increase the number of Environment Tribunals and establish at least one tribunal in South Punjab as well. The meeting Okayed the notification to declare three hospitals of Sialkot as medical teaching institutes, approved the appointment of provincial finance secretary as director of Punjab Bank. SCCLB approved to appoint an arbitrator for the settlement of the dispute between Excise Department and National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC). Raja Basharat directed the secretary excise to reduce delay in the issue of number plates of the vehicles as soon as possible. The meeting approved the establishment of Sardar Fateh Khan Buzdar Institute of Cardiology in DG Khan while the urban area of Bahawalpur Development Authority was also determined.

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