COAS assures to give police package to Sindh police

APEX COMMITTEE MEETING

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the Rs3.4 billion police package was assured by the prime minister when targeted operation was launched but the commitment has been fulfilled. “This has exerted additional financial burden on the shoulders of the Sindh government”.
This he said while briefing the Apex Committee meeting held with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in the chair today at Corps Headquarters 5 Corps Karachi.
The chief minister said that when the operation was launched the Prime Minister had promised to give a Rs3.4 billion Police Package but it has not been fulfilled so far. “Under the package the police was to be equipped with most sensitive gadgets/equipment and vehicles like APCs,” he said.
The Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif assured the chief minister that the he would provide all the equipments to Sindh police, including APCs within a month if the government of Sindh provides/sends him a detailed list.
The chief minister told the meeting that Sindh government has launched Karachi targeted operation purely from its own resources which are very meager. “When launching of the targeted operation in city was approved the prime minister had promised to bear 50 percent expenditures but nothing has been released so far despite our repeated reminders,” he said and added that Sindh government would heave a sigh of relief and would further focus on the development of social sector if the federal government share 40 percent of total expenditures of the targeted operation.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif assured the chief minister that he would take up the issue with the prime minister and personally get the grievances of the Sindh government redressed.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah thanked the chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif for giving ownership to the operation. The Chief of Army Staff also approved to establish a Counter Terrorism Office at 5 Corps Headquarter with an intelligence sharing cell.,” The decision of COAS would make the operation more effective and target- oriented,” the chief minister said.
The meeting reiterated the commitment to continue the targeted operation across the board and irrespective of any discrimination. It is purely against the terrorists and would reach to a logical end.
The meeting decided to establish surveillance/monitoring system in the city. It was also decided that community policing at SHO level would be evolved.
The chief minister termed the meeting an encouraging and it would further strengthen the targetted operation.

CM approved Rs160m aid-in-grant for KWSB to provide water to city

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Sindh Chief Miniser Syed Qaim Ali Shah has approved Rs160 million grant-in-aid for Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) to supply water through 1000 tankers to the areas facing acute water shortage in the city.
This decision he took in a high level meeting held here today to discuss water shortage issue in Karachi and find out its solutions. The meeting was attended by Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon, Chief Secretary M. Siddiq Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Additional Chief Secretary M. Waseem, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajut, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui, MD Water Board Hashim Raza Zaidi and other top officers of KWSB. Director Technical Pak Oasis also attended the meeting.
Sindh Chief Minister in his opening remarks said “water is life and without water nobody can survive. In various areas of the city water has not been provided for many week. Just you imagine how they have survived. I cannot tolerate this kind of service,” he said and added that he wants solution. These solution should be immediate, short term and long term.
MD KWSB Hashim Raza Zaidi in his presentation told the chief minister that there was a shortage of 500 million gallon water daily. “This issue would be solved when Rs25 billion K-4 water supply schemes would be completed,” he said and added that presently the worst affected areas were Baldia, Orangi, North Karachi, Surjani, Manghopir and various other areas.
The chief minister said that he would lay the foundation stone of K-4 next month and would personally request the prime minister to release its matching grant but it is a long term project. what is immediate solution.
Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Memon said that the short term solution was to provide water to the affected areas through water tanker and “I have started this exercise and it is providing relief to some extent,” he said. The chief minister asked him how much tankers he was sending to the affected areas daily, he replied 200 tankers.
The chief minister asked him how amount each tankers casts KWSB. Sharjeel replied Rs500 because water belongs to the KWSB only the KWSB bear fuel and fare of a tanker. The chief minister asked him to take necessar arrangements to supply 100 water tankers in tehc ity daily. “For the purpose I am releasing you Rs160 million immediately. I wannt you not only supply the tankers but make pumps of Dhabeji station and other areas repaired within four days for which Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui and MD Water board were assigned the task.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui told the chief minister that in coordination with MD Water board he would evolve a mechanism for distribution of water tankers in the affected areas judiciously. On this the chief secretary Siddique Memon directed them to involve all the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners so that water could reach to the poor and affected people.
The ACS (Development) M. Waseem suggested that the valve system which used to operation in the distribution system of KWSB should be revived so that distribution of water could be made sagaciously. For the purpose MD KWSB was directed by the chair to work out the expenditures for repair of volves.
The chief minister asked the Technical Director Pak Oasis Mr Saeed to explain how much RO plants they have installed in the city. He replied that out of their 18 RO plants 16 were function. “If water is provided to them they could provide 13mgd water in the KWSB system,” he said.
On this the chief minister directed the Minister for Local Government Mr Sharjeel memon and Chief Secretary Siddiq Memon to make necessary arrangements to provide sea water to the RO plants so that they could be operated at their maximum level.
The minister and chief secretary would take required measures within a week and report back to the chief minister.

Show cause notices to 262 ghost employees
KARACHI:
Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sahrjeel Inam Memon has ordered to issue show cause notices to 262 ghost employees working in Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB).
The Minister also directed the authorities concerned to stop the salaries of these ghost employees who were not attending the office despite repeated warning for joining the job.
Sharjeel Memon directed the Secretary Local Government and MD KWSB to convey these ghost employees in last show cause notice to reply immediately and join the job otherwise they would be terminate from services.
The Minister said that these ghost employees were receiving salaries regularly since last so many years while they were not attending the office.
The KWSB submitted a list of 262 ghost employees and Minister directed the MD KWSB to issue last show cause notices to them and stop the salaries till they join the office.

ACTION TO BE TAKEN AGAINST DOCTORS WORKING ABROAD – JAM MEHTAB

KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has sought the details of those doctors who left for abroad on leave but did not return to resume their duties. He has directed the Secretary Health to submit report within a week. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar expressed his displeasure over the situation and said that certain number of doctors enjoyed ex-Pakistan leave but they did not return to the country, that is a violation of the service rules.
Provincial Minister for Health directed the Secretary Health to take legal action against those doctors who have not returned yet. Besides this, Provincial Minister for Health has also taken serious notice of non-availability of facilities at 30 Basic Health Units. At Pir Jo Goth and directed Special Secretary health to ensure presence of medical staff and equipment’s at these basic health units.