AJK govt announce special compensation package for quake-hit Mirpur.


MIRPUR (AJK) -- Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has announced a special compensation package for the recent earthquake-hit Mirpur with increased the volume of the compensatory relief items from three to five times bigger.

The approval was given at a high-level meeting presided over by Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan at Mangla Rest House here on Wednesday.

Under this special package, the government has announced compensation amount Rs 10,00,000 for each deceased, Rs 800,000 for permanent disability, Rs 00,000 for severe injury, Rs 20,000 for minor injuries, Rs. 500,000 for complete house damaged, Rs 200,000 for partial house damage, Rs 50,000 for protection wall, Rs 200,000 for commercial dairy farm, Rs 100,000 for the loss of cattle heads, Rs 75,000 for small vehicle and Rs 30,000 for motorcycle.

It is for the first time that government is compensating the losses of dairy farms, poultry farms, protection walls, cattle heads, sheds and other properties in addition to the compensation of damaged houses and casualties.

The Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has directed the concerned institutions to immediately compensate the affectees through one-time payment process and start providing the design for the new construction from village level. 'Not more than three days to be taken for the approval of design for the construction' the premier further directed. Mirpur Development Authority (MDA), Buildings Department, Mirpur Development and Housing Authority (MDHA) and district administration would immediately start work on it.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider said that compensatory relief package is specially considered for the quake affectees to enable them to stand on their feet. 'We cannot compensate the actual losses. However, it is an attempt to at-least start the life again', he added.

Raja Farooq Haider said compensation would be transparently distributed among the affectees. 'No deserving person or family should be left without compensation', he directed.

He hoped that federal government would fulfill the needs in rehabilitation...

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