Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced a relief package of one billion rupees for the assistance of famine-hit people of Tharparkar.

He made the announcement while attending a briefing on Tharparkar situation in Mithi on Monday.

The Prime Minister said steps should be taken to ensure that such a situation does not recur.

Voicing concerns over deaths of people in famine hit area‚ he said the people who are not ready to migrate to other places should be given health facilities at their doorsteps through mobile units.

He said that strict action should be taken against those who despite availability of sufficient stock of wheat did not distribute the commodity amongst the famine affected people.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Syed said the provincial government has undertaken all possible measures for the provision of food‚ ration and medicines to the affected population. He said a strategy has been evolved to avert such kind of situation in future. He said teams comprising five to six persons have been formed for the fair distribution of wheat among the affected people. He said currently the administration is facing shortage of female doctors. He said female doctors will be provided with extra benefits including more salaries‚ residences and transportation facilities.

Earlier during the briefing the prime minister was informed about the steps taken for the relief of famine hit people and protection of livestock.

The prime minister was informed that sufficient stock of food and ration is available and the affected families can procure them on presentation of national identity card.

He was told that compensation of two hundred thousand rupees each has been announced for the families of those died in the calamity. Vaccination is also being given to the livestock in the drought hit area.

Earlier‚ the Prime Minister visited civil hospital Mithi and inquired about the health of ailing children.

He directed the doctors and para-medical staff on duty to provide best medical facilities to the children and take all the necessary measures to save the lives of drought hit children.

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari accompanied the Prime Minister.

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