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FBR : NWA IDPs concerned over cut in cash relief

03/04/2015 | 09:48am US/Eastern

Elders of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) hailing from North Waziristan Agency have expressed concern over the deduction in their cash relief package of IDPs in head of tax by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and urged the government and authorities concerned to ensure full disbursement of relief amount to displaced tribal families.

Addressing a press conference at press club here on Tuesday, chief of Waziristan Qaumi Jirga (WQJ) Malik Gul Naeem Wazir said that the FBR made deduction of Rs0.5million from the financial relief package announced by the government for the displaced families of North Waziristan Agency. He termed the move quite injustice with the displaced families.

Malik Naeem also urged the chairman FBR to refrain from creating hurdles for the already distressed IDPs, as the government announced Rs12,000 per month for each IDP family, was also insufficient to meet their daily requirements. "We will not tolerate any kind of tax deduction and cut in financial package to IDPs," he said. He warned if the practice was not stopped within a week time, then IDPs will besiege building of FBR Islamabad. The IDPs elders demanded the government to immediate ensure disbursement of dues to IDPs from NWA under financial relief package.

He said the delay in payment of relief package from the Fata Disaster Management and Zone telecom was created great unrest among the IDPs families.

Malik Naeem also demanded the federal government and relevant stakeholders to make clear the announcement made for early return of the IDPs to their hometowns in North Waziristan Agency. The IDPs were being faced numerous difficulties due to lack of accommodation, education, health and other facilities at their makeshift camps, he maintained.

The WQJ leaders criticised the role of federal government, FDMA and Ministry of SAFRON for mitigating sufferings of IDPs families from trouble North Waziristan Agency. He said IDPs are being faced with attainments food package and cash amount, adding that FDMA along with other stakeholders, did not disburse financial relief amount to IDPs during 2014, January and February this year.

They also urged the director FDMA to take prompt steps for disbursement of financial package to IDPs families. He said the IDPs have been deprived of financial package of Rs7,000 each displaced family by Punjab government and Rs3,00 announced by the KP government on head of rent charges.

© Pakistan Press International

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