Qaim terms provincial budget poor-friendly

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Tuesday said we have not only given a realist budget but it is also poor-friendly. Concluding the general debate in Sindh assembly, he said to make a budget is not an easy task and it needs talent; however, this talent is present in Sindh. He said to maintain peace and protect life and property of citizens is the basic responsibility of government. He said the law and order went deteriorating after the 9/11, and we ‘inherited’ this lawlessness.

He said the Supreme Court of Pakistan had summoned inspector general of police Sindh and he gave statement before the court that there were political appointments in Sindh police. He said we have not recruited police officers but only cops and we also gave them training and made rapid taskforces and elite taskforces from these cops. He said the target killings have gone down by 65percent and the crimes of extortion and kidnapping for ransom have also decreased. He said we have arrested many terrorists. He said if there were dumps of illegal arms in Karachi his government was not responsible for them. He said rangers have given very good results.

He said there are only two kidnapped persons in district Shikarpur and two or three in district Khairpur which would soon be recovered. He said there is no kidnapped person in districts of Larkana and Kambar-Shahdadkot.

He said we have taken a lot of steps to improve healthcare. A liver transplant hospital is being set up in Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT) this year. He said we have upgraded five district and 39 Taluka headquarters hospitals. He said to end the complaint of medicine shortage we have set up a medicine procurement board headed by Prof Adibul Hassan Rizvi.

He blamed that in past Nazims had ruined education and healthcare sector. He said we have given a lot of funds to Karachi. He said in past we paid Rs1billion per month for the salaries of district city government employees who were recruited despite ban on recruitment. He said still we are paying Rs6billion per year to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). He said ample funds are allocated for mega schemes of S-3 and K-4. He said it would take time to run the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), but we are bringing buses that would run on inter-district routes. He said a lot of reverse osmosis (RO) plants have been installed in Thar and other areas to provide sweet drinking water to people and many more such plants would be installed in future.

Qaim Ali Shah said his government is ready for local government elections. He said he has given medical, engineering and agriculture college to district Khairpur. He said we are also establishing 30 new colleges in the province.

He said his government is not against the internal displaces people (IDPs) but it is taking steps to stop entry of terrorists in the province. He announced Rs5 Crore for the IDPs. He said the IDPs with valid national identity cards are allowed to come in Sindh.

He said his government believes in equal development of rural and urban areas. He said they do not believe in the rural-urban discrimination. He said due to better policies in agriculture Sindh is now a wheat surplus province. He said they are developing Thar coal. They have already made Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas dual carriage road on public-private partnership with a Korean firm which is a success story.

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