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Bill on financial aid for victims of natural calamities tabled in Senate.

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 1 -- Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan, Senator Saleem Saifullah Khan, on Saturday said the occurrence of natural calamities could not be stopped, but combined efforts could minimise the miseries of the victims.

He said the victims could be facilitated by the provision of timely financial relief and rehabilitation programmes.

Saifullah was speaking in the Upper House after tabling a bill on the rehabilitation and financial assistance to the victims of natural calamities.

He said the country was prone to various natural calamities such as floods, droughts, storms, hailstorms, cyclones, landslides and earthquakes, which caused extensive damage to life and property.

Saifullah said the federal government should play the main role in the rehabilitation process, as provincial governments were not well equipped to deal with any natural calamities and provide relief to the affected people.

He said the victims of natural calamities should be provided financial assistance and other benefits.

Highlighting key points of the bill he tabled, Saifullah said in case of loss of life, financial assistance in the form of a compensation of not less than Rs 0.5 million should be provided to the next of kin of the deceased, and suitable employment should be provided to one of the dependants of the deceased.

He said in case of severe injury, free medical treatment should be provided and financial assistance in this case should not be less than Rs 50,000 and not more than Rs 0.2 million. "In case of irreparable damage to residence, cultivable land, damage to standing crops, loss of livestock, the owner should be given adequate financial assistance in proportion of the losses borne by him," he added.

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Date:Aug 1, 2010
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