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Watan Card

In response to the flood crisis, the Government of Pakistan in collaboration with the provincial governments set up the Citizens’ Damage Compensation Programme to support affected households with cash in their recovery efforts in all four provinces Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, as well as Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Council of Common Interest (a constitutional body headed by the Prime Minister, and including the Chief Ministers of all Provinces) made an immediate one-off payment of 20,000 rupees to the affected families. The programme was mutually financed by the federal and provincial governments under the name of “Watan Card” to support the flood affected families and to provide some relief to the affected people. In Phase I, a total of 609,788 beneficiaries received Watan Card cash grant of Rs. 20,000 each. In Phase II, as many as 339 Watan Cards were issued in Punjab with disbursement of Rs. 13.535 billion. In Sindh, the number of Watan Cards issued so far is 303,831 with a disbursed amount of Rs. 11.147 billion. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the number of Watan Cards issued was 277,825 with disbursed amount of Rs. 11.008 billion. In Balochistan, 13,072 cards were processed with disbursement of Rs. 463 million cash to the affectees. In Azad Kashmir 9,364 Watan cards were issued disbursing Rs. 356 million while NADRA sites were set up in Hattian, Haveli, Mirpur, Neelum and Rawalakot. In Gilgit-Baltistan 4,030 cards were issued disbursing Rs. 148 million and three sites were established in Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu. In short approximately, 948,878 flood victims disbursed Rs. 36.656 billion via Watan Cards in Phase II. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Punjab aided the issuance and distribution of Watan Cards to help the flood victims to cover basic consumption and to recapitalize assets, repay loans, recover their livelihoods and repair housing and livings.