Rs6.5 billion released for police arms, equipment, while 15 billion for district new schemes

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah Tuesday said that an amount of Rs 6.5 billion has been released to the Sindh police for purchase of vehicles and necessary gear.

Addressing traders and businessmen here at Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), the CM surprised everyone when he admitted that even terrorists are better trained and armed than police.

He said Pakistan Muslim League-N and Pakistan People’s Party are on one page in matters relating to security.

However, he complained that Sindh only received Rs18 billion from the Federation out of its total share of Rs500 billion from development budget.

According to the detials, the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all districts to prepare public oriented new district development schemes with the consultation of public representatives of the areas concerned under the new priority development initiatives for which allocation of Rs. 10 billion has been reserved in addition to Rs. 15 billion to be spend on the ongoing district schemes during the financial year 2014-15. The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the DCs to mobilize their all resources under District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to coops with any eventually of the heavy rains in their district during current monsoon. The Chief Minister Sindh said that district development committee comprising on public representative and Government officers subject experts is being constituted for each district to weight the proposal and monitor the implementation on the district development schemes not only to ensure utilization of development funds transparent manner but also to have efficient deliveries to the people of Sindh. This he said while presiding over high level meeting and video conference with all Commissioners & Deputy Commissioners in Sindh for processing the district ADP schemes held at CM House today.
The Sindh Minister for works & Services Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Advisor to CM for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Alamddin Bullo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Planning & Development Ms. Rehana Memon, Secretary Local Government Ms. Shazia Rizvi, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqi, DG P&D Syed Imtiaz Shah, Deputy Commissioners of Karachi division attended the meeting while commissioner of all divisions including Larkana, Sukkur, Hyderabad and Mirpur-Khas division and Deputy Commissioners of all districts of interior Sindh participated in deliberation through video link.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh said that in the current financial year, the Sindh Government has curtailed its annual development plan outlay from Rs. 165 billion of last year to Rs. 143 billion this year but simultaneously has raised the district development outlay from Rs. 20 billion to 25 billion this year. He said that the purpose of this move was to focus on the development at grass root level and ensure maximum facilities to the people of the backward areas of the Sindh. The Chief Minister Sindh said that it has been decided that the development works would be carried out in the district across the board and without any discrimination as such District Development Committee comprising on public representatives, Deputy Commissioner, subject experts is being constituted for each district to weight and decide the public importance of the proposed scheme. He directed the Deputy Commissioners also to play their role in the implementation of these schemes and ensure that people of the areas at least are enjoying better deliveries in water supply, drainage, sanitation, health and education sectors.

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The Chief Minister Sindh directed the Deputy Commissioner to mobilize their resources under District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to meet with any eventuality of heavy rains. He directed them to visit and make survey about the vulnerable embankments, building and undertake pre-cautionary measures in advance.
He said that since the Deputy Commissioners were being considered as the mode of Administration of the Sindh Government, should ensure the judicious irrigation water at tail end. The directed the Deputy Commissioners to constitute teams, conduct raids on water channels and take action against those who are involve in tempering or water theft. The Chief Minister Sindh directed the Deputy Commissioners of bordering districts to pay strict vigilance and ensure strict checking of IDPs at the entry points from Baluchistan and Punjab Province side, so that no criminal could enter in the province in the shape of IDPs failing which concern SSP and DIG Police would be held responsible. He directed them to register the genuine IDPs and compulsory to administer the Polio drops to their children under the 05 year of age.
The Chief Minister Sindh, talked to Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners of each division and district respectively and inquired from them about the development status of their district and division. He also inquired about law & order, supply of irrigation water, provision of water supply, drainage and sanitation in the cities/ towns, contingency plan under DDMA to meet with current monsoon season and status of IDPs. The Chief Minister Sind also directed the Commissioner Karachi to find out the workable mechanism to conceive new development schemes for Karachi under the district development portfolio with joint consultation between KMC and Deputy Commissioner concerned so that same could be further consulted and weighted from the public representatives of the Karachi before implementing the same.
The Sindh Minister for Works & Services Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, while talking in the meeting stressed upon the need to further strengthen the embankments of Indus River specially the vulnerable points like old Tori Band where according to him strengthening work is going on. He also proposed for enhancing the scope of District Development Committee of including other stakeholders, opinion leaders of the area concerned.
The Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah said that funds distribution would be followed by the submission of the schemes by the district administration. However, the provincial Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput said that in addition to block allocation for new priority development initiatives and ongoing district development schemes, the Sindh Government has also provided development packages to some important district to ensure more development in the Interior Sindh.

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