- PM to launch “Mera Bacha Alert” app .
- PM Khan visits quake-hit Mirpur.
Mera Bacha Alert
Prime Minister Imran Khan directed relevant authorities to introduce the mobile application called “Mera Bacha Alert” in 2-week to effectively tackle the cases of childrens’ abduction, sexual abuse, and murders. PM Imran discussed about the app, which — in case of registration of a missing child — would speedily make their details available to the provincial inspectors-general of police (IGPs) and other senior police officers. It is also said that the “Mera Bacha Alert” app would be connected with the Pakistan Citizen Portal app in order to monitor the progress on any case, including the recovery of child, the PM Office said.
|Demographic Indicators Of Pakistan|
|Total population||212.82 Million (Approx.)|
|Population growth rate||2.4%|
|Contraceptive prevalence rate||34.2%|
|Unmet need of family planning||17.3%|
|Total fertility rate||3.6|
|Crude birth rate (per 1000)||25.2|
Over the last 100 years Pakistan has experienced several damaging earthquakes and the earthquake that struck September 24 left widespread destruction in Mirpur city of Kashmir. Statistics showed that Mirpur district suffered the most damage from the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that rocked parts of Punjab also some of the country’s northern regions. About 40 people died, 38 of whom belonged to the Mirpur district. At the time of incidence, Prime Minister Imran Khan was in New York to attend the 74th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. Prime Minister also expressed solidarity with the victims of a recent earthquake that wreaked havoc in the region. “I wanted to visit immediately but my return from the United States was delayed, premier said. After returning from the annual session he immediately visited earthquake-hit regions of Kashmir and reviewed the ongoing relief activities. The premier assured the government’s full support for quake-hit areas. He further said the government of Pakistan is working on a package for the rehabilitation of victims. He also visited the divisional headquarters hospital to inquire after the health of some of the survivors being treated there. According to Divisional Commissioner Chaudhry Tayyab, the number of the people with serious and minor injuries was 172 and 680, respectively, in Mirpur district. Of the seriously injured persons, 27 were still being treated at Divisional Headquarters Hospital and three in the Combined Military Hospital, Mangla, while the rest had been discharged. According to estimates, severe damage was incurred to the road sector (Rs 1.4 billion), electricity (Rs 40 million), agriculture and livestock (Rs 53 million), health (Rs 70 million) and education (Rs103 million). Total initial estimate of damages reached at Rs 2.7 billion counting local government (Rs 57 million), physical planning and housing (Rs 750 million) and prisons (Rs 200 million). The damage to Upper Jhelum Canal will be worked out by the Government of Punjab. The prime minister also undertook an aerial survey of the quake-hit areas to examine the magnitude of the damages and losses. He had proclaimed Rs 500,000 compensation for each person killed in the quake in AJK and Punjab. Tayyab said the cheques for the amount would be distributed among dependants of the deceased shortly. Under the AJK Natural Calamities and Distressed Persons Act, 2011, compensation for each deceased and injured person is Rs 150,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. Sources recorded that the compensation for the destroyed or damaged concrete house is Rs 100,000 and for the katcha house Rs 60,000. The prime minister also attended a presentation at the Quaid-i-Azam International Sports Stadium, held by the National Disaster Management Authority and the provincial government. He was briefed about the relief and rescue operations conducted by the Pakistan and provincial governments. Imran was also apprised about the material losses caused to thousands of private and public buildings in the Mirpur city and adjoining areas.