Punjab govt disburses Rs9.75 billion among flood victims

16 billion rupees for the flood-hit areas in the province.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says an amount of 9.75 billion rupees has been distributed among 275,000 flood affected people as financial assistance in the second phase.

Chairing a provincial cabinet meeting in Lahore, he said the Punjab government has ensured rehabilitation of the flood affected people in days through a historic package of 16 billion rupees.He said the international institutions have declared the distribution of financial assistance system foolproof and transparent.

The cabinet noted that progress has been made in the project of exploring mineral reserves in Chiniot and the Chinese company has declared the samples of natural reserves obtained through drilling encouraging.DNA

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