Rs 69b disbursed to flood victims under Watan cards scheme

Islamabad—Over 945,591 beneficiaries enrolled in second phase of Watan Card project are being provided cash assistance as Rs. 35 billion were already disbursed among the flood-hit families. Presently this programme is passing through Grievance Redressal Phase, besides enrollment of remaining beneficiaries, a Spokesperson of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) said here on Thursday.

The disbursement of Rs. 35 billion included Rs. 339 million for Azad Kashmir, Rs. 143 million for Gilgit-Baltistan, Rs. 10 billion for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Rs. 13 billion for Punjab, Rs. 9 billion for Sindh and Rs. 384 million for Balochistan. The total activated cards in Azad Kashmir were 9,260, in Gilgit-Baltistan 3991, KPK 276,651 with 113 cards not verified, Punjab 340,191 with 170 cards not verified, Sindh 302,505 with 393 cards not verified, and Balochistan 12,993 with 6 cards not verified.

She said the first phase of Watan cards was launched in September 2010, whereby the government distributed an initial tranche of Rs. 20,000 among 1.75 million affected families in order to provide immediate relief. Around Rs. 34 billion had already been disbursed in the first phase across the country in all the provinces including Gilgit- Baltistan and AJ&K with contributions from Federal Government as well as the provinces.

The Citizen Damage Compensation Programme (CDCP) Phase-II is designed to give Rs. 40,000 in two tranches to those affectees of flood 2010 whose houses were damaged. The programme worth US $ 580 million has been part of collaboration between government of Pakistan and international donor agencies.
The contribution of Pakistani government was US $ 100 million, World Bank (IDA loan) US $ 125 million, USAID grant of US $ 190 million, DFID grant of US $ 100 million and Italian government’s loan of US $ 65 million. It is worth mentioning that international standards like impact evaluation, stringent monitoring and evaluation of different processes of this programme through Operational Audit, a holistic Public Information Campaign and above all third party evaluation of survey data submitted by provinces are the hallmarks of this programme.

These added features made it a unique cash disbursement programme in Social Development Sector throughout the World. A consortium of World Bank, USAID, DFID and Italian government also carried out Joint Supervision Mission in middle of July 2012 and declared that progress and outcome of programme as satisfactory.

Also, the mission applauded role of Cabinet Division as apex body and NADRA as Technical Assistance Agency for playing an effective role in implementing this programme.