Islamabad, July 22: The prime minister in a meeting today directed GB government to start repatriation of the Attabad IDPs in the month of August. He announced 351 million rupees for rehabilitation of the displaced people.
80 million rupees were also sanctioned for ‘deepening and widening’ of the dammed Hunza River’s spillway, as decided during a late night meeting yesterday.
77 million rupees have already been spent on relief operations, it was said.
The meeting was attended by CM Gilgit – Baltistan, NDMA chairman and chief secretary of Gilgit – Baltistan, among others.
It is pertinent to note here that the actual rehabilitation cost was estimated to be around 780 million rupees, as reported earlier.
If the speaker’s statement is to be believed then the current fund allocation amounts to peanuts for the IDPs of Attabad, a general term used to denote 144 households displaced from Attabad Bala and Payeen, and 54 houses displaced from Salmanabad village.