Press Releases

14
May 2009

Telenor Pakistan Announces Relief Package for IDPs

ISLAMABAD: Wednesday, May 13, 2009: In the aftermath of displacement of hundreds of thousands of people of Lower Dir, Buner and Swat, Telenor Pakistan has announced relief package for IDPs. The package includes provision of aid for food items sufficing for a hundred families of eight persons each for a period of one month. In addition, Telenor Pakistan will also enable uninterrupted communication facilities in the area through capacity enhancement at camp sites in Mardan and Swabi. NWFP Chief Secretary Emergency Relief Cell workers have been provided with 50 SIMS with free air time to facilitate telecommunication needs. Telenor Pakistan has also setup a fund with the help of employee contribution, which will be used to fund second phase of relief activity.

Telenor Pakistans IT and Technical Division formed special teams to explore the opportunities to enhance the communications facility in the pertaining areas. The capacity enhancement will provide additional bandwidth to support uninterrupted communications and handle additional load created because of high influx of population at a concentrated area. If need be, Cell on Wheels (COW), which are mobile towers, will also be provided as additional support.

Chief Secretary Emergency Relief Cell has been supported through provision of 50 SIMs with free airtime and SMS broadcast facility. The relief cell will use the facility to disseminate information to all associated numbers through a single message and will help organizing the relief efforts across multiple camps in Swabi and Mardan.

For second phase of the relief effort, Telenor Pakistan has setup an employee contribution fund. The proceeds from the fund will also be utilized to help the internally displaced persons.

The Government and the social sector are working together to mobilize resources for the relief effort. This is the time for the corporate sector to come together and contribute through all possible means. Considering the urgency of the situation, Telenor Pakistan has decided to work towards providing relief goods through the local government of NWFP. While it is not possible for us to help all, we hope that our humble contribution helps improve conditions of the families we are reaching, said Telenor Pakistans Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs, Irfan Wahab Khan.

Telenor Pakistan has a deeply entrenched philosophy of social responsibility and a tradition of being the first to extend both financial and manpower support in disaster relief.

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