PM announces to increase BISP flood relief aid to Rs70b

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the government had decided to increase the flood relief assistance under Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) from the existing 28 billion to 70 billion rupees.
Speaking during his visit to the relief camp set-up in Qambar Shahdadkot, he said the country witnessed unprecedented loss due to floods.
The 2.5 times increase in the volume of the assistance programme has been made in view of the gross damages of infrastructure and crops in the wake of flash floods.
Prime Minister mentioned that the compensation amount of Rs25,000 was being given to each flood-affected family to help them recover their financial losses.
He said joint efforts at the national level were need of the hour to mitigate the suffering of the flood-affected people.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts and work of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Federal Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for the people of Sindh.
He also lauded the dedication and services of armed forces that are busy in rescue and relief works all over the country and also providing food and medical aid.
He also appealed to all the media and other organizations to come forward and help their countrymen who are facing harsh times. He said this is not the time for politics and said we need to join hands to get through these difficult times.
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