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NWFP government sets up rehabilitation, reconstruction authority

PESHAWAR: The NWFP government has set up a provincial relief, rehabilitation and settlement authority (PRRSA), which will be responsible for planning and coordinating the overall rehabilitation and resettlement of the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU), in a statement issued here on Monday, said the provincial government had issued a notification about the formation of PRRSA under the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) as a separate body with complimentary staff. “The provincial government is pleased to order creation of PRRSA under the PDMA as separate body and administrative arrangement with complimentary staff,” the notification stated.

The statement said the new body will prepare strategies and development plans for implementation in the affected areas of the province. It would plan and coordinate the overall reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement effort. The authority will be responsible for all projects proposed under the various support funds created by the Friends of Pakistan and other international partners.

It will provide requisite ease, speed, facilitation, coordination and supervision to the reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes and linkages to all the parties helping the provincial government in its endeavor to rehabilitate the affected areas.

The body will also provide a fast track approval process for the projects and activities of the affected areas. The director general PDMA/PRC will be declared ex-officio secretary Relief, Rehabilitation Department and the functions of PDMA will be reflected under the head “Relief and Rehabilitation” Department in Schedule-II of the NWFP Government Rules of Business 1985.

In order to gain strength and momentum, the director general of PRRSA/PDMA will report to the secretary relief and rehabilitation, till further orders, the statement said. After the return of the IDPs, the DG of the PRRSA/PDMA will assume the charge of the post of secretary relief and rehabilitation.

Source: The News

Date:6/30/2009