Distribution of relief goods received some weeks ago from the government of China for the affectees of the Attabad landslide disaster has been put on hold, prompting concerns among the beneficiaries.
A number of commentators from Upper Hunza alleged that the government authorities handling the relief items are using delaying tactics for mass misappropriation. They also fear wide scale mismanagement in distribution of the relief items.
Sources told Mountain TV that distribution of the relief items has been delayed because the district administration is working over a plan aimed at moving transportation cost of the goods on the GB government’s account. GB Disaster Management Authority representative, Mr. Zafar Waqar Taj, has reportedly said that the plan is under consideration, but positive results are premature to be expected.
Meanwhile, a source told Mountain TV that GBDMA officials are scheduled to visit Sost, the border town where the relief goods have been stored at the dry port, on Monday to formulate and finalize the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for distribution of the relief items.
The contractors at Sost have reportedly demanded Rs. 6,000 per household from the disaster affected people as transportation charges, which the beneficiaries have rejected.
It is for the third consecutive year that the government of China has provided relief goods, consisting chiefly of food items, to the Attabad landslide affectees on the request of the government of Pakistan. The Attabad landslide disaster took place on January 4, 2010, killing several people and stranding a population of about 25,000 in Upper Hunza.