Friday, August 20, 2010

Committee to ensure transparency of the distribution of aid for flood people in Pakistan

On August 19, 2010, at a meeting of National Disaster Management Commission, Pakistan Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, announced to form a National Oversight Disaster Management Council (NODMC) that would ensure transparency in the distribution of aid for flood affected people in Pakistan.

The meeting was convened to take a look at the relief and rescue operation and review of the overall situation of the country and discuss rehabilitation measures taken by the government.

He said the Council will consist of eminent personalities with strong reputation and impeccable integrity from different walks of life.

“These respectable members of the council will ensure that the funds are distributed and utilised in a transparent manner and spent judiciously as per the requirements, without any discrimination to any area or province.”

Gilani said the National Oversight Disaster Management Council (NODMC) shall come into effect immediately and its membership and other details will be announced shortly, through consensus between federal and provincial governments.

Mr. Gilani said that this government is fully committed to ensure transparency and accountability. No one should think of depriving millions of poor people that are suffering from the flood. He also said that the actions of the government will be open to public scrutiny and each penny that is collected will be spent most transparently and equitably.

He said the federal and provincial authorities will work out modalities of efficient utilisation of funds through the NODMC.

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