Chief Minister Sindh expresses dissatisfaction over the NSUSC role

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of North Sindh Urban Services Corporation (NSUSC) and has directed the Planning and Development Department to revisit the agreement with this company and reconstitute its board within one month. The Chief Minister directed for the removal of its Managing Director with immediate effects and directed the new PD-NSUSC to take over the charge and ensure that efficient deliveries of water supply, drainage and disposal of sanitation are being provided to the people of cities of north Sindh included in the NSUSC-program. This he directed while presiding over meeting regarding performance of the NSUSC management held at CM House Karachi today.
The Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Mohammad Wasim, Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, P-D (newly appointed) NSUSC Shamasuddin Sahto, and other officers attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that as per agreement, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was committed to provide loan of $300 million with 25% counter share of Sindh Government i.e. additional $100 million to improve the infrastructure and ensure provision of efficient service deliveries in the field of water supply, drainage and sanitation/ solid waste management within 10 years through a company.
He said that initially Sukkur old, Sukkur new, Rohri, Shikarpur, Khairpur and Larkana were included in the project with newly constituted company under the title of North Sindh Urban Services Corporation with $ 50 million to perform and deliver the people in these identified fields but the management of NSUSC were failed to perform accordingly.
He said that the management concerned was warned many times but it did not improved its performance. He said that though he was considering to disband the company but simultaneously is providing the chance at certain conditions that include to revisit the agreement to put the sanitation workers under command & control of local administration and assign technical works to company, reconstitute the board having local representation, to link the provincial finance department for monitoring income and expenditure and nominating chairman of the company from two big cities either from Larkana or Sukkur.
He directed the ACS (Dev.) to coordinate with the country director of ADB and ensure these amendments in agreement within one month. The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that as per schedule this Sindh cities improvement program is being expanded upto 20 secondary cities in whole Sindh under the central Sindh Urban Services Corporation cluster of Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Adam, Shahdadpur, Umerkot and Tando Alahyar. While the cities of southern cluster are yet to be identified. The Chief Minister Sindh said 2nd tranche of $139.80 million including $99.10million from ADB and $ 40.70million from government of Sindh share has been provided to the company but he directed the management to utilize the same through new proposed management and system of operation.

Pilot Video Conferencing System installed at CM House

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated 1st Pilot Video Conferencing System installed at CM House to introduce E-Governance in the province. The 1st phase of this system has been installed by provincial Information Technology Department with its estimated cost of Rs. 10million. Talking on the occasion the Chief Minister Sindh said that this system of E-Governance to evolve positive impact for gearing up the general administration of entire province from one site, particularly during special occasion / crisis management. Besides, this will interlink to the Chief Minister with other cabinet members and this practice to result administrative decisions accordingly. The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah was of the view that accessibility through E-Governance will deliver the result for the people and government functionaries and added that the system would be further encouraged. The Chief Minister tested this video conferencing system personally and expressed his satisfaction. The Sindh Minister for IT Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Secretary I.T. Ali Mumtaz Zaidi, Principle Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bulo and other officers were present at this occasion.

International Expo by Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD)

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that conduct of International Expo by Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) in Karachi reflect that confidence of national and international investors, their clients/people has been restored due to maintenance of law and order in the Karachi by LEAs under the targeted operation in Karachi.
He said that Sindh government within shortest possible time has made remarkable achievements not only to maintain law and order but also to bring huge investment from local and foreign investors in the Sindh Province.
He said that ABAD Expo to create new avenues of opportunities not only for the income and employment of the local people but to supplement in the government efforts for providing residential facilities to the people of middle and lower middle class at affordable prices. This he observed while talking to the management, participants of ABAD-Expo and visitors while inaugurating the expo at Karachi Expo Centre today.
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah who was accompanied Sindh Minister for livestock Jam Khan Shoro, special Assistant to CM Waqar Mehdi and Rashid Rabani, Soon after inaugurating the expo, took round of various expo halls, stalls where latest architectural designs and styles of construction were displayed/ demonstrated. The Chairman ABAD Muhsin Shekhani, Senior Vice Chairman Saleem Qasim Patail, and chair ABAD Expo 2014 Haris Mithani briefed the Chief Minister about aims and objectives of international expo-2014 in which construction companies from various other countries are participating.
Talking on the occasion the Chief Minister Sindh stressed upon the management of participating construction companies, engineers and technocrats to bring innovative ideas of construction and provide the competitive residential facilities to the people of middle and lower middle class at affordable prices.
He asked them to deliver the people at their satisfaction and also conceive such projects that not only to achieve the residential and commercial objectives but also to beautify the Karachi and other cities of Sindh and same must catch the eyes of tourists.
He said their (Builders) such achievements will further generate other direct and indirect income and employment opportunities for the people. He said that his government was encouraging the private sector to invest, build and facilitate the people of Sindh.