Magistrates hold new powers as local bodies dissolved
On January 1, 2010 all the local bodies institutions were dissolved and power was transferred to magistrates. This interview with DOR/ SDM Sultanat Khan discusses the challenges and describes their new responsibilities. These include raids, removing encroachments, controlling law and order and keeping a check on revenue staff.
IOM distributes agricultural tool kits to families in Charbagh
n an effort to help families returning to their homes get back on their feet, IOM is distributing agricultural tool kits to families in Charbagh. Despite some complaints from farmers who say the kits don’t include enough tools or the right tools, families overall are making good use of the equipment.
Government relaxes utility fees, but residents still paying
In an effort to ease the economic situation of people who lived in Malakand as IDP’s, the government waived electricity and gas bills from May to December 2008. However, this reports finds that many people are still being sent their utility bills and paying them with arrears. Interviews with NGO’s and officials working in the area convey confusion over implementation of the government order.
Benazir Income Support Program reaches out to IDP women
In this special report, Farzana Raja, Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support program, talks about the special program launched to provide cash support to women who were affected by the IDP crisis. She explains that BISP is about empowering women, and that plans are underway to establish vocational centres for both women and men.
Camp established to provide counseling and support to pregnant women
Peace, a local organization working with UNICEF, recently established a camp in Amankot to provide counseling, pre and post-natal care to women. Interviews with Peace health workers highlight the fact that many women are unaware of proper diet and health concerns during pregnancy. In addition, Peace provides each women in the camp with tablets, a delivery kit, a newborn kit and mosquito nets.