DevCon holds Provincial Consultation on prevention of Early Child Marriages

DevCon training
Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Provincial Consultation on prevention of Early Child Marriages was organized with civil society, concerned departments and media representatives by DevCon an association for rural development activities here at local hotel on Thursday.
The participants highly spoke over the issues and “Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013” and its proper consultation on early child marriages and bill difficulties.
Key participants attended among MPA Sorath Thebo, Secretary Sindh women Development Department Sindh Abdul Rasheed Solangi, Faizullah Korejo, SPO representative Ms. Rahima, human rights activist Iqbal Detho along with Akhtar Baloch, Khan Mohammed Mangi, DevCon Manager Mubashir Soomro, Kashif Mirza and others.
The speakers highlighted that Early child marriage which is prevailing a reality of our society and the government is in state of denial, so the Civil Society and Media reports these issues frequently in province about Sindh Child Marriages restraint Act 2013, it was passed by Sindh assembly, but rules of business yet to be finalized and need to be proper implement they said. Speakers’ termed that prevalence of early child marriage is high due to illiteracy, religious misconception, tribal customs, traditions and lack of awareness about laws and implications on early child marriages.
Speakers said the shaping public opinion and looks forward to media’s positive voicing and their concerns on violation of child rights at all levels they said.
On the occasion WDD Secretary also ready to initiate and coordinate, NGOs, civil society, lawyer’s community and media awareness further implementation of law, which is not possible without the collaboration of government line departments too.
We all should promote and protect the rights of vulnerable children and proper engagement of civil society, line department and media.
The participants agreed to consider its real challenges regarding implementation by all stakeholders with letter and spirit on the occasion.
The organization is striving for socially, economically and politically viable society reflects to empower socially excluded through legislative frame work policies and awareness.
The consultation session was largely attended by rural and urban civil society and Journalists from Karachi, Larkana, Shikarpur, Ratodero, Nawabshah
Later, MPA PML-N Sorath Thebo appreciates the struggle over the said bill and awareness activities, she also personally took interest when this bill brought to the Assembly and she knows there are numerous challenges ahead and we all collectively achieve objectives, because our generation faces such traditional ceremonials
Sameer Nazir
KARACHI: Sindh government has released Rs3.90 billion to 28 sugar mills operating in the province to give Rs12 subsidy per 40 kg to sugarcane growers.
This decision was taken in a meeting held here today with Sindh Chief Minister in the chair. Chief Secretary Siddiqui Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Alamudin Bullo, special secretary finance attended the meeting.
The chief minister reviewing his decision taken in his meetings with growers and sugar mill owners asked the chief Secretary about release of Rs3.90 billion subsidy to growers. The chief Secretary replied that the you (CM) has approved the summary and funds have been released.
It may be noted that Sindh government had notified sugar cane price at Rs182 per 40 kg. The millers did not accept the government decision had started paying Rs155 rate to growers.
The chief minister held a meeting with millers and they agreed to increase Rs5 per 40 kg. It means they agreed to pay Rs160/40 kg.
The chief minister then held a meeting with growers and urged them to accept Rs172 rate. The millers would pay them Rs160 and remaining amount of Rs12 Sindh government would give them as subsidy.
The millers accepted the decision and said that the case was pending in Supreme Court. If the court decides payment of Rs182 per maund then the millers would have to pay differential amount of Rs10.
The Sindh government fulfilling it’s commitment has released Rs3.90 billion to the sugar mill owners as was proposed by growers’ representatives, for onward payment to sugarcane growers.