Sindh faces 1200 MW, 180 mmcfd gas shortfalls: Murad Ali Shah

Karachi, September 06, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that development of major cities and proper planned socio-economic uplift of secondary cities would make difference, otherwise filling the gaps would turn to be cosmetic arrangement. This he said while addressing the participants of 105th National Management Course at New Secretariat today.

The meeting was attended by chief secretary Siddique Memon, Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) Mohammad Wasee, Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher, Principal Secretary to CM Naveed Kamran Baloch and others. The chief minister said that Rs45 billion have been allocated for development of Karachi. For the current financial year his government has given a Rs10 billion package to complete 19 important different schemes of roads, bridges, underpasses and others.

He said that poverty reduction through community development was aimed at bridging the gaps in the areas of health, education, women empowerment, legal aid, water, sanitation and skill development through local civil society. This sector has been launched at Rs3 billion and so far 104 projects have been completed benefiting 85,000 households.

Syed Murad Shah said that on union council based poverty reduction programme has been launched for Rs4.916 billion for six districts which include Khairpur, Sanghar, Badin, Thatta, Umerkot and Mirpurkhas. Originally this programme was launched in Kashmore and Kandhkot to reduce poverty, improve quality of poor and marginalised communities focusing women. He added that program focuses on households selected through poverty scorecard at UC level.

Talking about achievements, the chief minister said that 3630 shelter-less families have been provided low-cost houses, 35,291 households given 35291 interest-free loans, income generating grants given to 3940 households, 332 villages provided drinking water, sanitation and brick pavements, 9,020 people given vocational skills. Apart from it 57,787 families have been provided health cover, 60 schools made functional and 43 villages have been rehabilitated.

Syed Murad Ali Shah went on saying that the Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support Programme (SUCCESS) aims at reducing poverty in 216 deprived union councils by empowering women and communities with the help of Rural Support Programme Networks (RSPNs) in eight districts such as Tando Mohammad Khan, Sujawal, Matiari, Jamshoro, Tando Allahyar, Dadu, Kambar-Shahdadkot and Larkana.

He said that the project cost is 70 million Euro for a period of five years. There is 62 million Euro grant by EU where as 8 million Euro contribution has been provided by RSPNs partners. The project would mobilise 770,000 rural households through community organisations. The project would also build the capacity of 36,270 local staff and community representatives. It would increase 30 percent average income of poor household.

He said that world bank assisted Rs4117.9 billion nutrition support programme (NSP) has been launched in nine districts, Kamber, Larkana, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Badin, Sanghar and Tando Mohammad Khan. Under USAID a $ 20 million Maternal and Child Nutrition Stunting Reduction Programme has been launched in Ghotki, Khairpur and Nausheroferoze. A Euros 60 million improved ‘Improved Nutrition in Sindh’ has been started Sujawal, TM Khan, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Dadu, Larkana, Kamber -Shahdadkot and Jamshoro. Some special health and nutrition programmes have been started exclusively for Thar.

Talking about Energy sector Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that there is a shortage of 1200 MW of electricity and 180 MMCFD shortfall of gas in Sindh. 30 percent of the population is not connected to electric grid. About 70 million, being 39 percent of the population, is facilitated with gas supply. He added that his government had taken special initiatives for generating alternate energies, wind, solar, bio- energy, hyder (run of river), development of Thar coal infrastructure and establishment of Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company (STDC).

He also briefed the participants about Bus Rapid Transport Corridor. He gave details on Green Line, Red Line, Yellow Line, Orange Line, Purple Line, Aqua Line. Syed Murad Ali Shah also talked about water conservation and said that the Sindh government has started lining of Rohri Canal, the largest canal in Asia.

“We line 10 kilometres every year. The lining would not only conserve water but reduce seepage, occurrence of breaches, seepage and it would help to rehabilitate lacs of acres of water logged and destroyed land,” he said. “I have put in place a good team in the cabinet and in the bureaucracy and trying that everyone should do his work in time- this would made the difference,” he said.

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