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Federal agency asked for Rs1.5bn for IDPs

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PESHAWAR: The Fata Disaster Management Authority has requested the federal government to give Rs1.5 billion to supply for internally displace persons of North Waziristan Agency.

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According to the related officials, the authority needs funds to allocate cash to IDPs and fulfill their primary needs during this month.

The federal government had announced disbursement of Rs12, 000 monthly assistance to every effected family unit of North Waziristan.

Up to now, the Nadra has varied 55,183 families. The FDMA had at the start registered a total of 95,830 displaced families. The army had launched the Zarb-i-Azb operation against militants in North Waziristan Agency on June 18 causing displacement of hundreds of thousands of families.

The IDPs have either taken refuge with local residents or rented houses, while only 725 of them had taken shelter in Bakkakhel camp contiguous to the conflict-hit area. The army is managing the camp.

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The officials said the FDMA had sent letter to the Ministry of State and Frontier Region on August 27 and requested for the release of Rs1.5 billion straight away.

They said the amount would be used to pay monthly cash assistance to displaced families, and the related logistic and other functions.

An official in the know said the sought-after funds were likely to be released within a week. He, however, warned the cash relief program could be suspended if the federal government delayed release of funds. The government disburses cash through SIM cards distributed by a foreign cellular company.

Only IDPs from North Waziristan have been entitled for cash, while over one million displaced persons from other parts of Fata donor get such relief.

“It is sad that there was a delay in the release of funds meant for IDPs from North Waziristan, who had left everything behind as they evacuated in emergency,” said an official.

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