Earthquake affected people of Swat protesting against government over not getting compensation. - Photo by Shaista Hakeem

SWAT, 19 November: The people of some earthquake affected areas of Matta tehsil of Swat have complained that the relief items and compensation amount are being distributed among favourite people, while a lot of deserving people are kept deprived.

Talking to media persons at Kabal Press Club on Wednesday the quake affected people of Qaafser, Chaman Lalai, Angra, Derai and Lambat villages of Matta tehsil said they will be compelled to hold agitation if survey of quake affected villages was not conducted again.

A protester said the list of affected people provided to them also included the names of those people who suffered no loss in the earthquake.

“The patwari (revenue official) has also included four people from a family in the compensation list who have suffered no loss. There are many quake affected people whose names have not been included in the list and they are running from pillar to post to get compensation,” he told TNN.

Another protester said he hasn’t even received the tent and lives under the open sky.

On the other hand, Deputy Commissioner Mehmood Aslam has also admitted irregularities in distribution of compensation cheques and relief items. He said compensation money has been taken back from 15 fake quake victims and concerned patwari has also been suspended over wrong verification of these people.


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