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Sindh govt top priority are water, solid waste management, public transport: Murad Shah

Karachi, September 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the priorities of his government were to solve water, solid waste and public transport issues in Karachi and in other districts of the province. This he said on Tuesday while talking to USA Consul General JoAnne Wagner who called on him with a delegation of USAID officers here at the CM House. The chief minister was assisted by Chairman P and D Mohammad Waseem and Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput.

The chief minister said that water is a big issue all over Sindh. “We are planning to install a desalination plant in Karachi and construction K-IV bulk water supply project was in progress,” he said and added through water supply schemes and RO plants water issue is being resolved all over Sindh.

Talking about disposal of solid waste in the city, Murad Shah said that some Chinese companies have been involved in sweeping and garbage lifting work. He added that his government has a plan to install a power generation plant on the garbage. The government has worked out a plan to give land to a power generation company at landfill site and install a power plant on PPP mode. He added that as far as public transport issue in the city is concerned it would be resolved through Karachi Circular Railway and launching of different BRT system.

The US consul General and the chief minister discussed USAID funded projects such as Sindh Municipal Services Project (MSP). It is a $66 million programme to improve service delivery to better address urban needs. Nearly 70 percent of project funding would go towards up gradation municipal infrastructure.

The MSP’s center piece is the Jacobabad municipal project, a $36 million project to make major improvements to the ageing and dysfunctional water supply, sanitation and solid waste infrastructure in that small city in Northern Sindh.

The Jacobabad Municipal project would deliver clean drinking water to more than 250,000 people, improve health and hygienic conditions and create sustainable sewage and garbage management system. The chief minister said that his government has approved $5 million to complete associated aspects of the project. He has also approved the towns of Jacobabad, Qambar, Shahdadkot, Mehar, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi in the programme.

Education: Another programme came under discussion was Sindh Basic Education Programme. The USAID is providing a comprehensive assisted package of $55 million to increase and sustain student enrolment in primary, middle, secondary schools in seven districts of Northern Sindh and five towns of Karachi.

Under the programme school construction, Sindh reading programme community mobilization capacity development architect and engineering support in construction of school were in progress. Under this programme 106 new schools are being constructed in flood-affected and other targeted districts and construction of 58 schools was almost at final stage. The chief minister and the visiting guest agreed to monitor progress of these projects and complete them in time.

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Murad says roll back of 18th amendment to be resisted

Karachi, September 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the 18th Constitutional Amendment provides provincial autonomy and it has strengthened parliamentary form of government in the country, therefore any attempt to roll it back would be resisted strictly. This he said on Tuesday while talking to media at Mazar-e-Quaid.

He said that the 18th Constitutional Amendment was passed by the National Assembly in 2010 and over 27-member parliamentary committee comprising members from all the parliamentary parties had drafted it with collective wisdom and extensive discussion with all the stake holders. “I am sure the federal government would not disturb it [18th amendment] but if any attempt is made it would be resisted strongly,” he said.

Talking about Bhasha Dam the chief minister said that he was not against the construction of Bhasha Dam but there were some reservations on its location and availability of water in the system. He added that it was located in the seismic area and water in the system is not available to such an extent that the dam could be filled.

Elaborating water position in the system, he said that last year instead of 10 MAF only 7.5 million MAF water was released to downstream Kotri. “As a matter of fact, 25 MAF water is required [downstream Kotri], otherwise sea would keep encroaching further upon the nearby villages,” he said and added “last 10 years history of water releases to downstream Kotri shows that for six years it was less than 10 MAF and then went down further between two to four MAF.”

Murad Ali Shah said the record of water releases downstream Kotri was available with the provincial government from 1922 to this date. “If anybody wants to verify the figures he is most welcome,” he said and added availability of water in the system was a big issue.

He recalled that before the construction of Tarbella Dam average 70 MAF water was released downstream Kotri and our delta was thriving. He added that Indus Delta has been recognised as one of the largest deltas of Asia covering an area of around 14600 square kilometers. The delta is habitant of hundreds of different species of marine and wildlife,” he said and added “we have to protect it by releasing river water into it, otherwise all the nearby villages and cities would vanish away in the sea,” he said.

The chief minister said that his government and party policy for construction of dams is very clear. He added that the provincial government was constructing 34 small dams and their work have almost been completed and work on other 16 dams was in progress.

Replying to a question he said that Baldia Factory incident was a great crime against humanity. He added that in order investigate the incident JIT was formed, the culprits were brought to book and the government looked after the affected families.

To another question, Murad Ali Shah said that street crime has increased because of unnecessary and irrelevant transfer/posting policy of the caretaker government during general election. “We had successfully controlled terrorism in the city and now we have taken street crime as a challenge and soon it would be eliminated,” he vowed. Earlier, the chief minister along with Governor Sindh and his cabinet members laid floral wreath on the Mazar of Quid and offered fateha to pay him rich tribute on his death anniversary. The chief minister also recorded his impressions in the visitors book.

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Sindh cabinet approves installation of CCTV at 4154 high sensitive polling stations

Karachi, June 22, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh cabinet on Friday has decided to install surveillance cameras at highly sensitive polling stations to record polling proceedings. The meeting was held under the chairmanship caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazul-ur-Rehman here at 7th Floor of New Sindh Secretariat. All the caretaker provincial ministers, chief secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman, IG Police Sindh Amjad Javed Saleemi and concerned provincial secretaries.

The chief minister said that the main task of the caretaker government is to pave way for free, fair and transparent election by providing all the basic facilities and maintain law and order. “We have to maintain public order, pre-empt terrorist threats, implement code of conduct, he said. Mr Fazul-ur-Rehman said that the caretaker government has to ensure pre-poll s and polling day security measures and security of polling staff and material.

Chief Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman briefing the cabinet said that the Election Commission of Pakistan through divisional and district administration has identified 4,154 high sensitive polling stations in Sindh which include 1977 in Karachi, 1206 in Hyderabad, 176 in Mirpurkhas, 124 in Shaheed Benazir, 289 Sukkur and 382 in Larkana.

He said that there would be around 17606 polling stations, of them 4350 are most sensitive, 7999 sensitive and 5257 normal. The cabinet discussed the security arrangements of all the polling stations and decided to install surveillance cameras along with the arrangement of generators at all the polling station. The cabinet directed the finance department to release Rs600 million for installation of cameras and the generators.

Inspector General of Police Mr Saleemi giving presentation to the cabinet said that general law and order situation in the province is satisfactory. However, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies are constantly conveying threats. He added that the polarized environment due to general election may also cause law and order situation, including clashes between political groups. On this the chief minister said that nobody would be allowed to take law in his hands.

Lauding target Karachi operation, the IG said the terrorism was on the peak in 2013 when 51 terrorism incident took place and now in 2018 it has come to zero. Similarly, target killing which was also at its peak in 2013 when 509 incidents had taken has come down to only two cases in 2018. Kidnapping for ransom was recoded at 109 in 2010 has come down to eight in 2018. He said that there was potential threat of terrorism during election but all the law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies were working on close coordination to thwart all kind of threats.

He said that eight policemen would be deployed at most sensitive polling station, four at sensitive and two at normal polling station. Under the security plan, the IG said 106,982 policemen, including 16000 reserves would be deployed at all the polling station. He added that a force of 76,310 policemen would be deployed at polling stations and 14,672 would be on patrolling.

Secretary Home Mohammad Haroon briefing the cabinet about salient features of security protocol for political leaders said it includes no hate speech, no hoisting of flags or banners on public property/buildings/poles; no wall chalking on public property. The political parties would have to obtain NOC for large public gatherings and rallies, corner meetings and small gathering from the concerned deputy commissioners and SSPs. He added that route of public rallies of political parties would be determined in consultation with concerned DCS and SSPs at least three days earlier than the schedule.

It was pointed out that the security of the political parties and candidates would be their own responsibility, however Sindh police would be responsible for overall security of locality, area, venue and persons/public gathering at large. The political leaders may, however, deploy private security guards in uniform and with licensed arms for their personal security subject.

The organizers of political events have been urged to record the proceedings of the event and provide recording to the local police. The Home Secretary meeting was told that election law and Order cell was being established in Home department for close coordination among LEAs, IGP office and field offices to monitor the election. Control Rooms at provincial, divisional and district levels would be established three days ahead of elections to monitor the law and order.

The Cabinet on the recommendation of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court approved the appointment of Advocate Mohammad Hanif as Judge ATC Court No.IV Karachi, Muzafar Hussain as judge ATC NO.XI Karachi and Mohammad Khan Buriro as judge of ATC No. X Karachi. The cabinet on the recommendation of Chief Justice of High Court of Sindh also appointed Mr Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto as Incharge Administrative Judge ATCs, Karachi Division for the portion of Summer vacation from 2.7.2018 to 4.8.2018.

MD Water Board Khalid Shaikh briefed the cabinet about regularization of sub-soil water supply to industries in Karachi. The regulations shall be in force for a period of three years and extendable for further terms subject to availability of sub soil water. All licenses would be granted by MD KWSB on prescribed form upon written request of Presidents/Chairman of concerned Estate Associates along with the NOC by the MD also approved the regularization policy of sub-soil water supply to industries.

The MD said that the tube well and must be situated at the maximum distance from KWSB lines. The licensee shall pay in advance Rs90,000 per bore hole as one time security deposit which would be forfeited in case of non-payment of water charges. A non-refundable license fee shall be charged from the permit holder at the rate Rs100,000 per bore hole before commencement of the supply. The cabinet also approved collection of Royalty under Sindh Mining Concession Rules 2002.

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Sindh cabinet appoint NICVD Ex. Director, approve various draft bills

Karachi, May 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Cabinet met under the Chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah this evening at New Sindh Secretariat and took important decisions, including appointment of executive Director of NICV and approved some draft bills and referred the same to the assembly.

The cabinet was told that the NICVD was most important institutions and it has established new satellites in various districts. Its director was retiring tomorrow (Wednesday), therefore a new director may be appointed on the recommendation of the selection committee.

The cabinet was told that the selection committee has recommended a panel of two professors namely Prof. Dr Nadeem Qamar on the top and Prof. Dr Syed Nadeem Rizvi on the second. The cabinet unanimously approved the appointment of Dr Nadeem Qamar for another four years and directed Secretary Services to issue his notification of his appointment.

The draft laws, the Sindh cabinet approved are as follows:

Sindh Home-based Workers Act, 2018 : The home -based workforce of the province is piece rate workers involved in manufacturing and post -manufacturing process such as garment and hosiery, shoe making, embroidery, carpet weaving, handlooms, wood work, bangle making, dates cleaning and packing, pottery, handicrafts and others.

The chief minister said that the government believes that the provincial policy on Home-Based Workers is inspired by the vision of egalitarian society, which is free of exploitation and coercion and where all citizens are equal before law and enjoy equal rights to live with dignity and self-respect.

The draft law says that every registered home-based worker shall be entitled to social protection, medical benefits, grants and other privileges as available to a person falling with n the meaning of workers and workman as envisaged in Sindh Industrial Act, 2013 etc.

Under the law survey the place of work of home-based workers for identifying and removing the hazardous conditions.

b) Establishment of Sindh Environmental Protection Council: The Cabinet approved establishment of a 47-member council headed by Minister Environment while secretaries of all the departments, divisional commissioners, The Dean, Faculty of Plant Protection Agriculture University Tando Jam and two MPAs.

The functions of the council include to approve comprehensive provincial environmental and sustainable development policies and ensure their implementation within the framework of a conservation strategy and sustainable development plan.

The cabinet also approved establishment of different committee such as Industries, Agriculture and others.

c) Chairman Sindh Environmental Protection Tribunal: The cabinet on the recommendation of chief justice of Sindh high Court appointed Justice (rtd) Sadiq Hussain Bhatti as Chairman of the tribunal for a period of four years. The cabinet also approved appointment of two members of the tribunal, Abdul Rauf Memon, deputy director (Tech) B-18 and Advocate Mohammad Arif as member legal.

d) Sindh Industries Registration Act-2018: The silent features of the act include registration/de-registration of industrial undertaking; survey/inspection of industries; power to call information in public interest or order any survey or inspection; monitoring industrial waste and pre-treatment of effluents. The cabinet approved the act and referred to the assembly.

e) Amendments in Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1965: The cabinet was informed that the ICRC-SZABIST organized consultative session to discuss the amendments while considering the delays in shifting the affected in ambulances due to rush of traffic, the ambulance stuck up in traffic jam and did not get clear track/ways to the hospitals, resultantly the injured expired. The provisions of the Motor Vehicles Rules were scrutinized for affecting the desired amendments in existing provincial motor Vehicles laws.

The proposed amendments were made in the definition of `ambulance’. `The ambulance means a vehicle designed or adopted primarily for the purpose for carriage of sick, wounded or invalid persons or animals and registered as such with the health authority. Emergency Vehicle has been defined as motor vehicle used only as law enforcement vehicle, fire-brigade or ambulance to relieve distress. A new word `Obstruction’ has been added in the amendment which means any action by a person, vehicle or otherwise that would hamper, hinder or impede the progress of another vehicle. In this way Section 82-A of the existing law has been amended as `Duty to Make way for emergency Vehicle. It means a driver of a vehicle or any other person, to the extent practicable, shall slow down, move to the left or otherwise, make all possible efforts to give clear uninterrupted and safe passage to an emergency rescue vehicle or an ambulance with active warning light is and siren.

f) Creation of Ziauddin University Board of higher Secondary Education: The cabinet in its meeting on 11.12.2017 had reached some consensus that there should be some essential requirements for Private Education Board. The cabinet approved organizational, legal, financial and other related formalities and requirements, including the submission of a feasibility report are outlined in the general institutional requirements- Proforma. These guidelines pertain to registration, availability of infrastructure and adequate financial resources, examination staff, examination criteria, affiliation criteria, fee structure, quality assurance, students supervision, assessment etc

g) Regularisation of Contract veterinary Doctors: The Assembly has passed the bill for regularization of Vet and sent it to the Governor for his assent. The governor has made some observations to revisit the bill and ensure that upon regularisation, the veterinary doctors may not be transferred from their initial place of appointments till the position on which they are working is dully filled by another veterinary doctor. The cabinet made necessary amendment in the bill and re-referred to the assembly.

h) The cabinet discussed Draft Sindh Regularization of Contract Paid and Work Charged LBOD employees Act, 2018. Under the proposed law the services of 2601 employees of LBOD would be regularized. The cabinet approved the draft and referred it to the assembly.

i) The health department presented a draft bill before the cabinet for regularization of doctors and other para-medical staff appointed on contract basis. The cabinet formed a committee under Jam Khan Shoro with secretary health and secretary Law as its members with the directions to meeting tonight and go through clauses of the draft bill so that doctors and other staff could ben regularized.

The Cabinet on the recommendation of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court offered appointment of Mr Imran Malik advocate, as Judge ATC Khairpur which is lying vacant while the cabinet allowed Manzoor Ahmed Qazi Judge ATC Naushehro Feroze to complete his remaining term.

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Differently-abled children are angles on this land: Murad Shah

Karachi, May 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Almighty Allah has bestowed special qualities and talent among the differently-abled children and what we have to do for them is to train them properly and affectionately. “They need our love and special care.” This he said while speaking at Zainab Rehabilitation Center (ZRC) for Special Children at Jamshed Road which he visited this morning.

He said that he has taken up special measures for the education of differently-abled children. “I have visited most of the schools and institutions working for rehabilitation of differently-abled children and I believe the people involved in this [rehabilitation] work are great,” he said.

The chief minister said that education of differently-abled children in quite expensive in the private sector but some philanthropists have started serving in this sector. “This is your greatness that you are running this institution [ZRC] free of cost,” he addressed to Haji Masood Parekh and others who are the founders of ZRC and operating it . “I have activated the schools working under the administration of Special Education Department, government of Sindh and now they are also contributing in this rehabilitation work.

He met with special Olympian Arish Ahmed who assailed in Special Olympian Games held in Brunei. He congratulated and hugged Arish for becoming special Olympian and said he [Arish] has shone the name of Pakistan, particularly of Sindh. Arish showed all the gold medals he had won to the chief minister. The chief minister encouraged him and other children being rehabilitated at ZRC. Mr Muard Ali Shah visited different classes and spent some time with the children and kept asking them questions and listening to them. “I have enjoyed your company, you are our angels and I love you,” he spoke with the special toddlers.

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Murad Ali Shah opens new Dar-ul-Sukun building

Karachi, February 17, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the differently-abled children need our special attention, care and love so that they could be made useful citizen of our country. This he said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of newly constructed Rehabilitation Centre at Dar-ul-Sukkun located at Kashmir road this evening. He was accompanied by Minister for Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz.

Murad Ali Shah said that on the fourth day in his office as chief minister he had visited Dar-ul-Sukkun. After listening to the problems, he had announced to extend every possible support to this institution [Dar-ul-Sukun]. “These are our children (special) and we have look after them so that they could establish themselves,” he said and added these are the prayers of these little angels that our country is progressing day by day.

The chief minister said that the staff members and administration of Dar-ul-Sukkun were dedicated and devoted persons this was why the construction of building has been made within a year and half. Earlier, the chief minister unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the newly constructed ground-plus two-story building. He visited different departments, portions and rehabilitation unit.

Murad Shah said that he was quite satisfied to see the Rehabilitation Unit of Dar-ul-Sukkun which was equipped with latest machinery. “You have set up your own medical unit to provide medical treatment to the children living here for which you deserve applaud,” he said and vowed to keep his support. “You are doing a great work and everyone needs to support you.”

The administration of Dar-ul-Sukkun thanked the chief minister for extending financial and other support which made the construction of new building possible. The chief minister was presented a souvenir on which is hand-made portrait was inscribed. The differently-abled children presented tableau to welcome the chief minister.

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