Sharjeel Memon keen to take business community on board for progress

Karachi, September 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister of Information and Local Government, Sharjeel Inam Memon has asked the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to give suggestions/ proposals on how to improve the functioning of Sindh government departments.

In this regard, the Minister, while speaking at a dinner reception hosted in his honor by KCCI, assured that KCCI will be given representation in various committees of government departments which will be constituted soon as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) strongly believes that business community must be taken on board in the decision making process for the progress and prosperity of Sindh.

Chairman of Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairmen BMG Zubair Motiwala and Anjum Nisar, President KCCI Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President KCCI Muffasar Atta Malik, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, Former Presidents KCCI Majyd Aziz and A.Q. Khalil, Chairman Site Association of Industry Younus M. Bashir, KCCI Managing Committee members and a number of prominent business figures of Karachi city attended the reception.

Sharjeel Inam Memon, who also holds the portfolio of Archives, Rural Development, Public Health, Engineering, Housing and Town Planning, pointed out that a powerful committee has already been constituted by Sindh government to examine water scarcity and resolve issues accordingly.

In this committee, KCCI is being represented by Siraj Kassam Teli and Abdullah Zaki while representatives of all political parties and Managing Director KWSB and Karachi Press Club are also members of the board who have the authority to ‘hire or fire’ and outline water distribution for various industrial and residential localities of the city.

He informed that Sindh government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Solid Waste Management and more such MoUs will also be inked with other companies in near future which would ensure cleanliness while the garbage collected from the city will be utilized for energy production.

Commenting on water crisis being faced by the city, Sharjeel Memon said that Karachi city currently faces water shortfall of 450 million gallons per day and efforts are underway to overcome this shortfall but it will take time.

He said that work on much-awaited Rs25 billion K-IV project will begin in the next 60 days which will supply 250MGD water to Karachi upon its completion. For the very first time, Sindh government has decided to give a subsidy of Rs500 million to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board so that the department could overcome its monthly expenditures, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli, while reviewing the overall law and order situation of Karachi, said that the pace of progress to restore peace in Karachi was too slow and efforts must be made to fast-track action against criminals. He paid tribute to Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah who has always responded to the grievances being faced by the business and industrial community of Karachi due to poor law and order situation.

Identifying frequent transfers and postings of police officers as major obstacle in way of completely cleansing the city from criminal elements and terrorists, Siraj Teli said that the business community of Karachi city will request Chief Minister Sindh to summon a meeting as early as possible so that this issue could be discussed in detail.

While reiterating KCCI and BMG’s Policy statement to clarify his point of view, Siraj Teli said, “We the Business and Industrial Community of Karachi are supporters of democracy in the country and do not want the Army to take over but at the same time we demand from the government to take immediate action against criminals and to do that the government must use all resources at its disposal, Police, Rangers, Frontier Core or even if needed be Army as it is the duty of the state to provide security and safety to the life and property of its citizen”, he added.

Commenting on the ongoing sit-ins and protests in Islamabad, Siraj Kassam Teli pointed out that Businessmen Group and Karachi Chamber as institutions have no political affiliations but individually some of KCCI members or BMGIANs may have. He said that ongoing conflicts between political parties must be resolved through negotiations.

To look for a feasible solution for the situation in Islamabad which is acceptable by all parties, Siraj Teli said, “I can act as an arbitrator between the heads of the three concerned parties only and no one else in order to explore a viable solution in the larger interest of the country so that this issue, which has terribly affected the economy and sabotaged the image of Pakistan, could be amicably resolved”, he added.

Former Chairman Sindh Revenue Board and Vice Chairman BMG, Zubair Motiwala, while underscoring the need to resolve water crisis in industrial areas, said that the government must create an enabling and investment-friendly environment in industrial areas by ensuring uninterrupted supply of water, gas and electricity.

“Uninterrupted water, gas and electricity supply would surely promote industrialization, encourage value-addition and create more job opportunities, besides help in dealing with rising lawlessness being suffered by city as I firmly believe that empty stomach can only give birth to criminals”, he added.

Vice Chairman BMG, Anjum Nisar said that although many initiatives have been undertaken by government under the supervision of Sharjeel Memon to effectively deal with water crisis and act against illegal hydrants but lot more needs to be done to ensure uninterrupted water supply across Karachi.

President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, while appreciating the support and cooperation being extended by Sharjeel Memon to the business community of Karachi, said that it heartening to note that the Minister has recently formed a Monitoring Committee to overcome the water scarcity issue being faced by the industrialists of Karachi city.

He said that Sindh government has exhibited its willingness to give attention to this genuine issue being suffered by business and industrial community by constituting a Monitoring Committee to determine the need of legal water hydrants, assess water distribution system and analyze water shortages in Karachi, particularly in industrial areas.

Abdullah Zaki also paid glowing tribute to Sharjeel Inam Memon for dedicatedly working towards creating a better society in Sindh, particularly raising voice for the welfare of every segment of society.

For more information, contact:
Aamir Hassan
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040

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