CM Sindh ready to hold LB polls but with uniform systemSeptember 28, 2014
KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh government was ready to hold local bodies election, but we want uniform system of Local government.
He said that now it was the responsibility of federal government to step ahead for uniform system and added that Sindh government was ready to hold local bodies election within reasonable notice. This he observed while responding a question from a member of 101st National Management course participant delegation which was on the visit of Karachi to get briefing from the Sindh government at committee room 7th floor Sindh Secretariat today.
The Chief Minister Sindh further informed the visiting officers that Sindh was the 1st province which passed the law of local government. He said that Sindh government had assured the apex court for holding local government election and even had completed the delimitations for this purpose but someone had challenged our delimitations in the court which was still in pending. He said that we wanted the uniform system of Local government and federal Government was competent to do the needful and we were looking for that.
While responding to a question about performance of Sindh government, specially after the NFC Award, the Chief Minister Sindh said that NFC Award was passed in 2010 but unfortunately we were compelled to face natural calamities in 2010 and 2011 and major share of our development fund was diverted toward rescue & relief activities.
He said that during flood in 2010 we attended 7.00 million affectees, while in unprecedented heavy rainfall in 2010, we provided rescue and relief to nine million people. He said that after that we were heavily engaged to meet with drought challenges in Tharparkar area last year and added that still yet we were providing wheat to the drought affectees with free of cost and only this year, we had distributed wheat at the worth of Rs. 1.2 billion.
He said that in spite of these natural calamities, the Sindh government had performed well even last financial year we had completed 627 development schemes and utilized maximum development funds.
Earlier, addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh said that poverty was the main problem of Sindh. He said that Sindh government was now conceiving job oriented planning & policies not only to minimize the unemployment but to increase the purchasing power of the people to activate the business & investment activities in the province. He said that to provide jobs to unemployed youth was the policy of PPP as such we provided three lac direct jobs during our last tenure.
He said that in addition to that Sindh government had provided job skill training to 1,80,000 youths in 70 different trades, enabling them either to earn through own business or to get job in public private sector.
He said that keeping in view the energy shortage and having been in tail end, the Sindh government was giving priority to energy and water sector. He said that health and education were also at our top priorities.
Earlier, the Additional Chief Secretary Development Mohammad Wasim, briefed the delegation about the development activitie,s specially in the urban transport, energy, agriculture, irrigation sectors.
He also briefed the delegation about rehabilitation of Sukkur and Guddu barrage, remodeling & lining of Irrigation canals, rehabilitation of fresh water reservoirs such as Manchar lake, Keenjar lake and added that these schemes are leading to social-economic development and poverty reduction. The Inspector General of Sindh Police while briefing the delegation about targeted operation informed that since the targeted operation is launched, the Sindh Police has challaned more than 17,000 criminals out of which only 05% have been decided. He said that now Sindh government has increased the number of ATCs and investigation officers to expedite the prosecution process.
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