Sindh received Rs60 billion short than its share during fiscal 2012-13

Tharparkar to have milk chilling centers

Sameer Nazir
The federal government during the last financial year, 2012-13 transferred Rs321.568 billion against the budget estimates of Rs381.910 billion which show a shortfall of Rs60.342 billion. As a result, Sindh government had to faced financial problems particularly in executing its development works. This was disclosed in a presentation given to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in the cabinet meeting held with him (CM) in the chair here at the chief Minister House on Saturday.The Chief minister was told that during the last financial year, 2012-13 the federal government had committed to transfer Rs381.910 billion, including Rs314.366 billion from the divisible pool, Straight transfers of Rs59.252 billion and grant in lieu of OZT Rs381.910 billion. Unfortunately, the actual Rs receipts were 321.568 billion, including Rs261.105 billion from divisible pool, RS54.13 billion Straight Transfers and Rs6.333 billion in lieu of OZT. This showed a shortfall of Rs60.342 billion. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali in his opening remarks said that the entire Sindh cabinet, each and every elected representative of the province was responsible to serve the people of Tharparkar. “We have discussed the situation in Tharparkar in threadbare in our various meetings but I want an effective solution to be explored.” In another presentation given by the PDMA it was said that firts cold wave would hit Tharparkar by the second week of December. “Tharparkar faces extreme variation of temperature which puts negative impact on human health.” The presentation further said that over all 10 districts are facig drought, of them Tharparkar is faced with severe situation while Dadu and Jamshoro are partially affected. The areas of Thatta, Sujawal, Sukkur (Achhro Thar),Umerkot, Khipro taluka of Sanghar, Nara Taluka of Khairpur, Qambar- Shahdadkot and parts of Karachi are faced with mild drought.
The Chief Minister was told that high energy biscuits were required as recommended by the WFO but they are not easily available in the market and if an order is placed for their manufacturing it would take three months to be available. On this the chief minister directed the PDMA to provide them the best available biscuits to improve the immune system of the children living the drought affected areas in a shortest possible time. “The WFO may be requested to provide high energy biscuits as soon as possible,”The health department in its briefing to the Cabinet said they have conducted a survey of 1,352 villages, 50 percent of total villages of Tharparkar, over 80,000 blankets were required for pregnant/lactating women and children under 10. The PDMA on the directives of the Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said they have started sending blankets. “We would meet the requirement,” the PDMA said.
The PDMA also said that they have started sending mosquito repellent and mosquito nets for 30,000 families. On this the chief minister directed PDMA to ensure good quality of the material being transported to Thar.The cabinet approved to install 1062 hand pumps in Dadu, Jamshoro and Thatta districts. On the request of Minister for Excise & Taxation and Wildlife Gianchand Israni the chief minister approved the instlllation of tube wells in Kohistan.
A proposal to provide cash instead of wheat to 195671 house hold of drought affected people was floated but the cabinet didnot approve it and decided to distribute wheat among the affected people. The health department in its briefing said that there is serious problems of Malnutrition in Thar. Thar is on the top among the four districts facing severe malnutrition problems of Pakistan such as Bakhar and Mianwali.
The health department told the cabinet that they have started sending morre doctors to the hospitals of Tharparkar. Mithi Civil Hospital is well-equipped but we have started sending doctors to the dispensaries to far flung areas. The department has also proposal to upgrade BHU with equipments, doctors and other concerned staff. The chief minister directed health department to send the doctors who have domicile of Tharparkar district. They must serve in their home district for a period of one or two years.Minister for Livestock Jam Khan shoro told the cabinet that under a special programme chilling centres would be established in Thar. Tharparkar has alargest population of cattle. Their milk is organic and it has great demand if it is properly sold. This would improve livelyhoood of the people of the area. The chief minister directed the minister Livestock to expedite the work in the project and within three months it should start functioning. Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon proposed that new townships sor modern villages should be built in the Thar so that they could be provided all the facilities at a single place. “They are scattered settlements and it was quite difficult to reach each and every locality.The chief minister, Syed Qaim ali Shah directed the health department to send special teams of doctors to Dahli taluka to check and examine villages to control Congo fever.”One patient of Congo virus has died in Karachi. He hailed from a village of Dahli taluka. I want examine of animals and people and report me within a week,” he directed. Apart from the ministers the meeting was attended by chief Secretary Mr Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, IG Sindh.

CM urges NHA to repair bypass at Thehri

Sameer Nazir
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed Works & Services Department to take up the issue of unrepaired portion of National Highway bypass near Therhi, Khairpur with National Highway Authority to get it repaired because road accidents have become order of the day there.
He has observed that the portion of bypass road is dilapidated and heavy traffic has developed craters. Therefore, most of the vehicles flipped there and then turn turtle. .
The chief minister in his directives to W&S Deptt, further said that only in the month of November four road accidents have taken place there which claimed about 60 lives and injured scores of people.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah also said that National Highway was in need of repair of some other damaged portions.
The Chief Minister has also taken serious note of Multi-party Conference organised by Sukkur Small Traders Association and directed the Local Government Department to report him why the sewerage system has failed in Sukkur.
The chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the secretary Local Government to give him a detailed report about civic conditions in Sukkur. Why gutter are overflowing and gushing sewer water onto the streets.
He has also directed him to give him report of the damaged roads ‎of Sukkur city and why they have not been repaired.
The chief minister further said he would personally visit Sukkur to see its plight.
He also directed the Commissioner Sukkur to report him about the performance of local bodies and other civic agencies.

Stop atrocities against Pakistan’s religious minorities.

Sameer Nazir
UMID organized panel discussion on stop atrocities against Pakistan’s religious minorities where a good number of civil society actors participated and expressed their concerns. Violence against religious minorities in Pakistan has grown at an alarming rate in recent years. This has led to the exodus of Sindhi Hindus and Christians from Pakistan. There is increased number of cases of force conversions of teenager Hindu girls and their force marriages to Muslim men. These cases are coming in increase on daily basis in our society and presenting flawed image of Islam and liberal and secular Muslim brothers across the globe, said Avinash Hari, President of Upgrade Minorities for Integrated Development (UMID).
According to Pakistan’s penal code blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death. Non-Muslim minorities who are accused of blasphemy are often tortured and even killed without a fair trial. Other minorities in Pakistan such as Sikhs, Ahmadis, and Shias experience similar unprovoked discrimination and violence, informed Mr. Indriyas Barkat, the Retired Judge.
From Peace and Development Organization, MS. Safina Gill told that women from minorities are facing multi-fold discrimination: on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Religion based hatred must be escaped immediately. The all civil society actors are requested to contribute their great roles as to Stop Force Conversion and Restore Human Rights of Religious Minorities, she appealed.
Due to violence, torture and discrimination on the name of religion, several native Hindus, the son of soil are fleeing Sindh which is their motherland from their ancestors for thousands of years, said Uroosa Khati from Actionaid, Karachi.
MS. Nasreen Hussain from SPO told that Pakistani government legally, politically and constitutionally failed in protecting the fundamental rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.
In the end of the discussion, it was collectively demand to Government of Pakistan to provide justice to Pakistani minorities and stop all abductions, force conversions and forced marriages of Hindu girls, targeted accusations and charges of blasphemy against innocent children and women of minorities. It was also demanded that the independent and credible inquiry committee be formed to systematically investigate the incidents of violence and discrimination against religious minorities.
The Constitution of Pakistan must be revised to eliminate discrimination based on religion, caste, or creed catalysts in spreading religious hatred and instigating violence against minorities in the media be strictly scrutinized with efforts to fairly report on current events and religiously bias and hatred be eliminated from academic curricula and replaced with education and awareness of human rights and ethnic diversity to promote peace and both social and religious harmony.

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