KARACHI   -   Civil society and human rights or­ganisations have demanded that the government should cut its non-development budget by 50 percent and spend it on the welfare and re­habilitation of the people displaced by the floods across Pakistan.

The demand was made at a meeting of the Joint Action Com­mittee, an umbrella organisation of different human rights and civil society organisations. Chaired by Karamat Ali, the meeting analysed the flood situation and its reper­cussions. Representatives of the organisations updated about their official responses and presented their suggestions and opinions.

“The government itself should utilise its resources, especially the overall non-development bud­get should be cut by 50pc, such that the extra benefits should be abolished and this money should be spent on the welfare of the af­fected people,” said a statement issued after the meeting. The meeting also called for removal of all restrictions imposed on inter­national and domestic organisa­tions to facilitate relief work