Telecom Companies Donate Rs 238.5m for Flood Victims

A huge contribution has been made by the telecom companies to help the flood victims. Three leading telecom operators Ufone, Mobilink and Telenor have contributed Rs 238.5 million for the flood victims, while other operators are making efforts to assist the masses in this hour of need. Telenor made a major contribution of Rs 100 million to Secretary General, Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Brig (Retd.) Muhammad Ilyas Khan, at a ceremony.

The amount will be utilized to facilitate urgent relief efforts and longer term healing initiatives by PRCS. Another telecom operator, Mobilink, committed Rs 85 million. Mobilink will be coordinating with relief organizations, including World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO) to reach out to the flood victims to ensure that aid needs of the deserving and un-served are met in an efficient manner. The funds will be used to provide immediate relief assistance including clean drinking water and dry food rations.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and its sister organization, Ufone, made a joint contribution of Rs 53.5 million to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund. President of PTCL, Walid Irshaid, and CEO Ufone, Abdul Aziz, called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and expressed their solidarity at this time of need. Mobilink has also played his part and made the contribution of Rs 85 million for flood relief. Telecom operators are looking keen to help their nation in this delicate time.

  • Good.infact xcellant.telecom companies are really contributing thier share towards society.USF is another such act.amazingly our rich electronic media is not contributing much.they r just criticizing as usual

  • Let’s hope the money given in PM Fund goes to the deserving.

    Ideally we shouldn’t give any donations to current govt and any of it’s fund, keeping in view the way they are wasting our money and the way corruption is becoming norm.

    • Totally agree but you see Ufone and PTCL are government owned. At least 70% i think. They just want to switch pockets… All funds will go from one pocket to other. No actual reflief… :-)

  • Nice. But i have one suggestion for Cellco, all donation to relief fund are tax exempt but mobile operator have started SMS donation service. They are mentioning in the advertisement that SMS charges will be Rs. 10 plus Tax. I think they should take up this with FBR and Tax exemption should be taken on SMS for relief fund.

  • Country is devastated by floods and badly need financial resources. War on terror is also eating up lot of financial resources. HealthCare, and Education sector and other critical needs are suffering because of paucity of financial resources. When will Etisalat pay US$800 million to Pakistani nation they should have paid 3 years ago? Are they also going to pay market interest rate for late payments?

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