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Sindh approves Rs4bn for monsoon relief via mobile banking

Sindh monsoon relief

The Sindh government has decided to use the mobile banking system to disburse Rs 4.021 billion relief package among the people in the province affected by the devastating monsoon rains last year.

The meeting of Sindh Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah was held at Chief Minister House where the Cabinet decided to use the mobile banking system to disburse Rs 4.021 billion as a compensation package to the people, affected by monsoon rain in the province.

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Sindh government made this decision, keeping in view the fact that almost all such victims of weather come from the deprived areas who are not in a position to open their own bank accounts in the conventional banks.

Now the rain-affected people would be required to only present their original Computerized National Identity Cards to any of the outlets of the mobile banking system which would be existing everywhere. It will be an easy way to get the promised money from the government.

The Sindh cabinet decided to get proposals from different telecommunication companies and mobile banking firms to disburse the monsoon relief money as soon as possible.

Moreover, Rs 25,000 per person would be given to the wounded people. Rs 20,000 will be given to the owner of the cemented houses which had been destroyed.

Rs 10,000 will be disbursed to the owner of the houses, made of mud which was destroyed completely and Rs 5000 will be given to the owner of the houses whose houses had been destroyed partially due to the heavy rains.

The Sindh government also requested the federal government to take steps in the direction so that the amount to help the victims of rain could be doubled. The Sindh cabinet exempted the Sindh Board of Revenue from the rules of the Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority so that the mobile banking services could be used.

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