Last update: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08am

Mirani Dam victims: payment of compensation issue resolved: Dar

The Committee formed by the Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Thursday headed by Secretary Finance to resolve, among other issues, the matter regarding payment of compensation to Mirani Dam affected people, submitted its report here Friday. In the light of the report, the Finance Minister while meeting with Chief Minister, Balochistan Abdul Malik Baloch, issued instructions for payment of compensation to the affectees with due reconciliation of figures of damage estimates.

An amount of Rs 1.5 billion has already been paid to the affected people over time, the meeting was informed. The federal and provincial governments would equally share payment of remaining amount, it was agreed today, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance here.

The minister also apprised the chief minister about the establishment of 18 new, modern passport offices throughout the length and breadth of Balochistan to facilitate the people at large.

The Ministry of Planning & Development (CDWP) has approved the PC-1 of this project which would soon be submitted to the ECNEC for consideration.

The Chairman FBR, on this occasion briefed the Chief Minister that customs check posts at different key locations in Balochistan were already functional and that establishment of new check posts as desired by the provincial government would be accorded due consideration to regularise business and trade activities.

There was complete consensus during the meeting on activating the Gwadar Port to its full potential as it would greatly add to the national revenue.

Chief Minister, Abdul Malik Baloch thanked the Finance Minister for the prompt action taken on various issues including payment of compensation to affectees of Mirani Dam.

Copyright Associated Press of Pakistan, 2015