Senate body for transparency in delivery of assistance to flood victims

The Nation  |  Dec 02, 2022

 Senate body for transparency in delivery of assistance to flood victims
ISLAMABAD              -          The Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives has stressed the need for a transparent and cogent system for delivery of assistance to flood victims. A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives was held at the Parliament House here on Thursday. The meeting commenced with a detailed review of foreign aid received by Pakistan for flood relief activities. The Committee was informed that development partners had extended financial and inkind foreign assistance to Pakistan for flood relief activities that included grants and loans. The Committee while reviewing details of received foreign aid stressed the need for a transparent and cogent system for delivery of assistance to flood victims. The Committee was informed that the Benazir Income Support Programme was being used for disbursement of aid to flood victims. A post-assessment report has been completed and will be used as an outline for rehabilitation plan that will be shared with the Cabinet for approval. Deliberating over the damages caused by the floods to Mohmand Dam, the Committee was informed that once completed the Dam will be able to regulate floods mitigating the risk of flooding in low-lying areas in Charsadda, Peshawar, Nowshera districts. Briefing the Committee on amendments in PPRA rules to ensure maximum transparency and efficiency, the Committee was informed that PPRA has been continually trying to remove all unnecessary hurdles in the way of development projects. The Committee was further informed that the standard of awarding a contract to the lowest bidder has been changed and now the standard is the most advantageous bidder. The Committee in general and Senator Saadia Abbasi in particular stressed the need for doing away with PPRA rules, for what we need quality projects instead of low-cost projects. The Committee unanimously agreed to the proposal of Senator Saadia Abbasi and recommended that a meeting with the Prime Minister should be arranged so that further transparency and improvements are introduced in awarding contracts for various development projects. It was also recommended that the problems of the merged districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa should also be taken up in the meeting with the Prime Minister

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