ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The federal government has decided to increase the net amount of flood relief assistance program for flood-affected families to Rs 70 billion from initial assessment of Rs 28 billion.
While presiding over a meeting of the Federal Cabinet in Islamabad on Tuesday, the prime minister said that the increase has been made keeping in view the gravity of the situation due to floods.
Federal cabinet today decided to increase the cash assistance from Rs. 28 billion to Rs. 70 billion as one-time payment at the rate of Rs. 25,000 per family. This increase was made keeping in view the scale & extent of flood damage. The money is being distributed through BISP.
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The prime minister said that a separate grant of Rs 15 billion has also been made for Sindh, Rs 10 billion each for Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Rs 3 billion for the flood affected people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Shahbaz Sharif said that relief assistance amount is being distributed through Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) which has disbursed about Rs 20 billion so far.
Furthermore, he said that Rs 1 million is being given to the family of each deceased person in the floods.
Shahbaz Sharif said that friendly Countries are contributing generously for relief of the flood victims due to increase in awareness at international level regarding the disastrous situation of floods.
The prime minister said that the relief assistance from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan International Cooperation Agency, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkiye, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, the United States and others Continues while the United Kingdom has increased its initial assistance from 1.5 million to 15 million pounds.