Chief Minister expresses dissatisfaction over administrative irregularities Irrigation authorities

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that in addition to control on irregularities through administrative steps, the schemes of Remodeling, Rehabilitant and re-structuring of irrigation system have been conceived to enhance the capacity of irrigation system and resolve the problem of water shortage upto tail end on permanent basis. He directed the SIDA Management for formation of farmers’ originations as per rules and to ensure that each F.O must have chairman from the tailend area. He directed the management to register F.I.R against those who are envolve in water theft and irregularities without any political discrimination and to ensure water supply at tail end. This he directed while presiding over meeting to review the irrigation system run by Sindh Irrigation & Drainage Authority (SIDA) at lower Sindh. The Sindh Minister Syed Ali Mardan Shah, Sindh Minister Dr. Sikandar Mendhro, MNAs Mir Munawar Talpur, Nawab Yousif Talpur, Kamal Khan Chang, Madam Shazia Mari all MPAs of Mirpurkhas division, district Badin, Secretary Irrigation Babar Afandi, MD SIDA Zahid Junejo, Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Ahmed Junaid Memon, Divisional Commissioner Mirpurkhas Sajid Jamal Abro, DIG and SP Mirpurkhas and other concerned officers attended the office.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh said that Irrigation water was life line for the people of Sindh. He said that soon after the complains of the farmers he himself conducted tour of the affected areas of lower Sindh to get Ist hand information from the growers. He said that during the meeting with farmers and visit of different canals he observed mismanagement on the part of administration concerned and issued spot instruction for taking sever action against the elements involve in the water theft. He said that after his visit and administrative action the situation of water has been improved at substantial level. But still there is room of improvement to cater the increasing need of irrigation water, specially to resolve the problem of tail end farmers on permanent basis. He said that his government was in negotiation with world bank to launch two important projects, one of Mithroa Canal remodeling under Title of NC 03 project and other LBo-I remodeling of phuleli canal to resolve the problem of water shortage at Mirpur Khas division and Badin district once for all basis. He said these both scheme to consume about $ 25 to 30 million to facilitate the growers and would bring green revolution in the area concerned. While responding the complains of the participants of the meeting the Chief Minister directed the officers to lodge F.I.R against the water thieves and also to run the SIDA as per its rules and regulation. The Chief Minister directed the SIDA Management to ensure fresh elections of Farmer Orgnization at each canal/distributry and added that the chairman of the each F.O must been selected from the tail end areas.

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Managing Director SIDA Zahid Hussain Junejo, while briefing the meeting said that he has two Area water Board, where complaints regarding water shortage mostly have been resolved with the help of local Administration. However he said that his management still facing some technical problem to take the water up to tail end in some areas like Sultain Wah.
He said that schemes have been conceived to overcome these faults and if funded the same accordingly, the water could be made available to tail end at each areas under his control. He also briefed the meeting regarding scheme LBoI – NC-03. For rehabilitation re-modeling of all structures of the system in Badin and Mir pur Khas.
The M.D SIDA also informed that about 100 F.I.Rs have been registered against the elements found involved in water theft in both area water board and strict vigilance was being made to control over the irregularities and mismanagement.
He said that after the visit of Chief Minister Sindh and strict action against defaulters the water situation in the area has been improved which needs to be further enhanced. The Secretary Irrigation Mr. Babar Afandi also brief the meeting about reforming steps that he has taken to control on water thefts and said that he was optimistic that after implementations on the irrigation reforms project water would be made available at each areas.

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has lauded the US support in enhancing capacity building in Education, Health, Municipal services deliveries and maintenance of Law & Order in the Sindh province and added that this mutual co-operation in both side would further improve the socio-economic condition of the province. This he observed while talking to the US Consul General Mr. Michael Dodman, who called on him at C.M house today. Talking on the occasion the Chief Minister welcomed the US grant specially $ 66 million for municipal services delivery, $155.00 million for Sindh Basic Education Project (SBEP) and $ 1.2 million establishment of 133 bedded hospital at Jacobabad. The Chief Minister Sindh said that the hospital at Jacobabad would also to facilitate the people of Baluchistan.
Talking about law & order, the Chief Minister Sindh informed that since last 2 to 3 months the situation of law & order has been improved and confidence of people and investors has been restored. He said that now Karachi has been returned in to peaceful atmosphere and Business community is busy in their activities. He said that the 3 day ABAD Expo-14 Karachi reflect our achievements in maintaining law & order. The Chief Minister Sindh further said that PPP believes in democracy for which it has struggled and rendered matchless sacrifices. He said that our stance is that democratic process must continue in the interest of nation and country. While participating in discussion the US Consul General Mr. Michael Dodman said that US is good friend of Pakistan and It intend to support the Government for public welfare oriented projects. He said that though we have did a lot but much has to be done still yet. He said that he has visited the Pakistan and all important places of Sindh including Moen-jo-Daro, which remains in his memory for life time. He said that Jacobabad Hospital work be completed shortly and It to facilitate the people of backward areas of Sindh and Baluchistan. The Additional Chief Secretary Mohammad Wasim, Secretary to CM Sindh Mr. Alamdin Bullo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajpute and other officers were present on the occasion.

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Culture and Tourism Ms. Sharmila Faruqui said that this land of heaven which is known by Pakistan was acquired by great sacrifices of our ancestors. A century long struggle by the Muslims of sub-continent resulting this land of pure people. This she said while inaugurating the picture exhibition of freedom movement Pakistan organized by Sindh Culture and Tourism department at Quaid-e-Azam House Museum, Karachi.
While talking to media she said that, all political parties should united for the prosperity of Pakistan. Politics of confrontation will lead this nation towards irrecoverable disaster.
She criticized that revolution will not appear by centrally air conditioned bullet proof containers.
She also said that the pictures exhibited today tell the complete story of freedom movement.
About 60 rare Pictures of Quaid-e-Azam and freedom movement of Pakistan, Portraits of Muslim leaders of sub-continent, rare documents and letters were displayed in exhibition.
This inaugural session was also attended by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, MPA Kosar Perveen, DG Culture Manzoor Kanasro and other senior officers of Culture and Tourism department.
Exhibition will continue till 20th August for public without any charges.

SINDH GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO DEDUCT ONE DAY’S SALARY OF ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Government of Sindh has decided that one day’s salary of the officers/ officials working under Sindh Government including Authorities/ Corporations/ Autonomous Bodies/ Semi-Autonomous bodies etc. may be deducted and donated/ deposited towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for IDPs-2014.
According to the Notification issued by the Finance Department the deduction on account of said contribution will be made at source from the salaries of the officers/ officials for the month of August – 2014. The decision will also apply to the Government employees holding posts on contract basis as well as on lump-sum pay packages including “M” and “MP” Scales.
The notification further added that the amount of contribution shall not be included in the emolument of the concerned officers/ officials for calculation of income tax and deduction of house rent charges.

CHIEF SECRETARY URGED ALL THE DEPARTMENT TO PLAY THEIR DUE ROLE IN ERADICATING MENACE OF DRUG AND NARCOTICS

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiana has stressed the need to launch an Anti – Narcotics Campaign in collaboration and association with Anti Narcotics Force and all concerned nation building departments, specifically liaison of Provincial narcotics control/Committee (PNCC) Sindh.
He expressed these views, while chairing a meeting of PNCC- Sindh, this morning, in Sindh Secretariat. The meeting reviewed various points; including details of known drug smugglers, dumping areas and routes, data of drug dens, data of drug treatment facilities, data of drug addicts, rehabilitation measures, education and awareness campaign, creation of healthy activity, and vulnerable communities.
The Chief Secretary noted that all respective departments must play their due role in eradicating the menace of drugs and narcotics to save the humanity. He emphasized that each and every department should enthusiastically accompany PNCC Sindh, in this noble cause. He asked the Secretary Education Dr. Fazlullah Pehcuho to initiate awareness campaign in association with Excise and Taxation Department. Sajjad Saleem Hotiana also asked the Secretary Information Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani to arrange specific awareness programme through Electronic and Print media with a view to motivating the people from addiction so that they could refrain from the narcotics.
The Chief Secretary advised the Secretary Health Captain (Retd) Abdul Kabir Kazi to systematically arrange the way of treatment and rehabilitation in response of the addicted persons.
I.G. Prisons Sindh Nusrat Mangan apprised the meeting that there are 650 addicts in Prisons of Sindh, of those 200 have been convicted, while the training of the concerned Prison’s officials is badly needed.
The representative of ANF, informed the meeting that the number of addicts in Sindh is 1.7 million, of those about 1.00 million in Karachi, the role of PNCC and District Narcotics Control Committee, can be effective, to protect the society.
Chief Secretary, instructed that sufficient measures are required in this connection thus, coordinated efforts, must be carried out. He asked to convene next meeting within a fortnight, to review the progress.