Complete Thar coal, Gorakh hill projects, govt urgedJune 15, 2015
Karachi: The provincial government of Sindh was strongly urged here Tuesday to complete the lingering projects of Thar coal and Gorakh hill as both these vital projects could change the economy of the province.
According to details, Sindh Assembly started general discussion on the provincial budget for the fiscal 2015-16 with the treasury members excessively praising the budget terming it pro-people and pro-Sindh and congratulating the chief minister and finance minister for such an innovative budget during such a difficult times; however, the opposition members rubbished these claims and termed the budget anti-people, anti-Sindh, discriminatory against urban areas and a spectacular failure of provincial government.
MQM lawmaker Syed Khalid Ahmed regretted that the government completely ignored the pre-budget suggestions of opposition members and presented a budget that was anti-people and anti-Sindh. He claimed that Karachi, the capital of the province was badly neglected. He said the funds are being wasted on top bureaucrats and corrupt elements. He said the money of people should be spent on people. He said public transport sector in Karachi again was neglected with no mega schemes. He suggested the government to focus on early completion of the long lingering schemes of Thar coal and Gorakh hills, saying if the rulers managed to complete these two very important schemes it would change the economic fate of this province.
Another MQM lawmaker Mohammad Dilawar Qureshi said even the schemes announced last year by no other but the Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah with a big fanfare were not included in the ADP this year. He said when there is no value of the announcement of the chief minister; how, they could believe on the promises of his finance minister Murad Ali Shah. He feared that like past the budgetary funds would go into the pockets of corruption mafia and the poor masses of Sindh would get nothing.
The opposition lawmakers harshly criticized very dismal performance of Sindh province in the field of education. They regretted that Sindh was not behind Punjab but also Kpk province in education sector. They demanded to improve condition of government schools in Sindh. They suggested to give monetary prizes to students who pass matriculation and intermediate exams from the government schools.
However, Hafeezuddin of Pakistan Tehrik Insaf lauded the performance of Sindh Revenue Board. However, he harshly criticized the government for ignoring Karachi and its people in this budget. He regretted prolonged load shedding in poor slum areas of Karachi and demanded to take action against the K-Electric. He said the privatization of the KESC did not augur well for the poor masses and labour class of Karachi.
However, Dr Sohrab Sarki, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Mahesh Malani, Rehana Leghari, Shahnaz Begum and other PPP lawmakers lavishly praised the provincial budget and congratulated their party leadership for presenting such a people-friendly budget.
The house visibly lacked quorum at several occasion. However, PTI lawmaker pointed out the quorum as only 36 members were present in the house at that time but speaker Siraj Durrani ignored the quorum.
Later, the speaker adjourned the House till Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am.