Affectees of merged districts still await compensation
Amid the hue and cry for substantive change in the ex-Fata areas, the Federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments had announced several programmes for the rehabilitation of the affected people of militancy and terror-stricken areas especially for those, whose houses and businesses had been destroyed during, either terrorist attacks or different anti-terrorist operations. Unfortunately, thousands of tribal people still look up towards the managers of funds and the relevant authorities for monetary compensations pledged to be distributed after due verification process. The affected families in the merged tribal districts are seen going from pillar to post to get the pledged financial assistance but in vain because the officials concerned are allegedly involved in blame game citing different issues and hurdles behind the dismal situation. According to the official reports, thousands of affected families are yet to get compensation owing to complex procedural processes, the previous government under the said initiative had set up a special body Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) for speedy assessment and disbursement of compensation for the damaged houses for the affected people in the tribal districts, including South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Kurram, Orakzai and Khyber. As per the official documents, Rs400,000 and Rs160,000 were announced for a destroyed house and a house damaged in the forces operation respectively. The provincial government has already paid cash compensation to the affected families in the Malakand division and Bajaur tribal district. However, the process of paying monetary compensation to the affected tribal families is still lying in the cold storage. The officials should look into hurdles and wrangling in the verification processes and should come up with swift payment of cash compensation so that tribal families could come back to normal life and restart their businesses for strengthening durable peace and stability in the war-stricken areas.