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Don’t waste any more time

'After rescuing and providing food, medicine, and temporary shelter to the affected, the government and different parties must declare within a week's time the amounts allocated to them for the construction work and the areas where they will work for this. This is the time when political parties, NGOs, and the government need to cooperate closely and divide the jobs to avoid duplications. It would be better if the estimates of the road construction in different areas were announced and put on the net to make the business transparent'

It is now up to the political and administrative leaders to accept the challenge and ensure the shelter, food, and medicines supplies to flood-stricken people and impart necessary information to the philanthropists about the addresses and approaches to the tent villages of affectees. In general, people have an impression that so much is being done by our armed forces, political parties, welfare organizations, and foreign governments. But there are still people sitting under the naked sky waiting for shelter and food. These unreached must be reached. The trucks loaded with food and items of immediate need are on the roads. The people of Pakistan have shown their full sympathies for the flood victims. CBOs are also active with NGOs, and piles of funded luggage are seen in almost every community.

The Army has done the most important work of opening the roads by building new bridges and rebuilding the wiped-up roads. There are still many areas of Pakistan where this work still needs to be done to restart life. Imran Khan has collected billions of rupees to help the affected. Now, the next step of the construction of houses and providing them with some livelihood activities is also of immense importance. Experience of the nation has shown us the miserable fate of foreign aid and Chief Ministers’ and PM’s special funds created for the affectees. It is said by the governments that for this purpose, long-term planning and surveys, etc., are a requirement. But when our people talk about long-term planning after collecting emergency funds, they cheat the nation and never prove themselves God-fearing creatures.

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It depends all on the intentions of those who sit on these funds. Governments, political parties, and NGOs must start the construction of small but modern houses with all the necessary facilities immediately after the water is drained from the villages and towns. If the teams of town planners and house designers gather their heads and sit down, they can finish mammoth jobs within a week. Such planning can take place right now, even when the water is not drained. Those who want to win the hearts of the people must start working on something solid on the ground. Providing millions of houses and rebuilding bridges and roads is not an easy job, but if it is started immediately by some parties and groups, it will certainly force the others to do the same and nicely planned smart villages will start emerging one by one.

After rescuing and providing food, medicine, and temporary shelter to the affected, the government and different parties must declare within a week’s time the amounts allocated to them for the construction work and the areas where they will work for this. This is the time when political parties, NGOs, and the government need to cooperate closely and divide the jobs to avoid duplications. It would be better if the estimates of the road construction in different areas were announced and put on the net to make the business transparent. In every tent village, a government functionary must be appointed to keep records of the aid received by the temporary residents from the government and other organisations and take care of their other needs. After completing all necessary rehabilitation work, there will be a need to plan for permanent protection from the floods. The active cooperation of the communities which are always under threat could be managed. The eradication of corruption in the irrigation department and keeping the canals’ banks strong is one of the solutions to this menace.

The use of local wisdom and government-private partnerships must be tried for growing more and raising the banks of streams and rivers where needed. Preparing national plans for permanent solutions and political parties’ real leading role in the public mobilisation for self-help to fight the national havoc in the future will surely be the requirements to be taken care of. It is observed that workers of different organizations often hinder the way of other organizations’ workers and many times there is a quarrel between them because of jealousy for showing themselves as more important in the field. Organizations must issue instructions to their workers to avoid such attitudes. If they are working to help their brothers in a time of emergency, then what is the need for leg pulling of each other?

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