Muzaffarabad, Jammu and Kashmir, Sunday, October 04, 2009: Press For Peace and Action aid have called upon governments of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to announce a comprehensive policy on rehabilitation issues of region affected by massive earthquake of October 2005.
Reiterating their pledge to work jointly for the rights of people, Press For Peace (PFP) and Action Aid have decided to launch a special campaign to raise the public concerns about none -completion of rebuilding work.
“In spite of provision of generous funds from international community and humanitarian organizations, the government have failed to fulfil its obligations to provide basic amenities to the people of affected areas”, said Raja Wasim Director, Press For Peace, and Abdul Khaliq, Policy and Advocacy officer Action Aid in a press conference here on Sunday.
Both organizations have been working for the rights of people in advocacy and policy intervention in the areas damaged by tragic earthquake of October 8, 2005.
The PFP and Action Aid will start a campaign to raise the public concerns about none -completion of rebuilding work which according to public is moving at snail ‘s pace even after four years of the disaster.
“The campaign aims to put pressure on the government to make up its inefficiencies and blunders which have created resentment among the masses.”
Criticizing the performance of concerned departments for rehabilitation- EERA and SEERA, they said that both departments lack any effective mechanism of sharing information with the public about the ongoing rebuilding activities.
The NGOs office bearers lamented that the education was the most affected sector; however, only 220 buidings of schools from total 2835 demolished structures have been built yet.
“The physical work on the master plans of three major cities of Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and Bagh have not been started and the responsible for this delaying must be punished”, they further said.
They asked politicians to make a compehrhivsive policy for the rebuilding, “in stead of putting accusation on each other; they should work jointly for the resolution of pepule grievances”.
“People have right to know what have been spent from the huge funds received in the aid from abroad countries”, they added.
They maintained that it is also the reasonability of people to fight for their rights through making their representative accountable.
They said the awareness campaign would start on October 7 with a series of “pledge of reconstruction walks”, seminars, all parties’ conferences and other events in all major cities of AJ&K.
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