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Karachi, 11 August, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH ADDRESSED THE PROGRAMME OF CELEBRATIONS OF 50 PERCENT COMPLETION OF THAR COAL MINING WORK

 

I Recognizing local’s rights over natural resources is unprecedented Direct affectees of Thar Coal project becomes shareholder of SECMC Concerned population of Gorano and DukarCho scheme gets compensation package

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that believing in the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Sindh government had invested Rs11 billion cash in Thar coal mining to kick of the project. "Now, the people of Pakistan, particularly of Sindh are going to reap its fruit." This he said while addressing the programme of celebrations of 50 percent completion of Thar Coal Mining work organised inside the 90 meters deep excavated Coal Mine at Block-II. He said that it was the vision of prime minister [former] Shaheed Mohterma Benazir Bhutto that she had invited international investors and experts for That coal mining and installation of 10,000 MW coal-based power plant in 1994. "But, may God forbid him [Nawaz Sharif] for scrapped the project and landed the country and its people into darkness of loadshedd. As a result, Industrial development came to standstill in the country, thereby unemployment and poverty ratio went on upward. "They [the Nawaz government] not only wound up the coal project but annoyed the international investors to such an extend that no body was ready to invest in coal sector in Thar," he recalled.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that in such circumstances the provincial government had no option but to invest from its own kitty. "When PPP came to power in 2008 and still he had not been elected as President if Pakistan, he had held a meeting at Bilawal House and directed then chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to materialise the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto by making coal power project as a reality," he recalled and added that the Sindh government made Engro its partner invested an huge amount of Rs11 billion from its resources. He also lamented that despite the investment of Rs11 billion by provincial government the successive government of Nawaz Sharif in 2013 did not support coal projects. " Finally, we had brought both, Asif Zardari and prime minister Nawaz Sharif together at Thar so that federal government may extend helping hand in Thar Coal project but hardly we succeeded in melting the ice," he deplored. The chief minister thanked former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf who during his tenure granted sovereign guarantee for Thar Coal project. He said that the Sindh government with its sincere and constant efforts has made Thar coal mining project a reality. " Once investors were running away from investments in Thar and now they are in the queue to invest here," he disclosed. Thanking the affected people of Coal Mining and Power projects at Block-II, the chief minister said after Allah they [affected people] supported and contributed in the project. "They vacated their ancestral homes and even sacrificed their sacred places if worship," he said and announced to give them 3 percent shares of the project from the shares of the provincial government share. Syed Murad Ali Shah reiterated his stance that the solution if national energy crises lies in Thar coal, it z future if Pakistan, therefore the federal government must support it. He announced to hand over management of all government schools functioning in Islamkot to Thar Foundation being run by Engro Energy & Mining Company. "The Sindh government is partner in Mining work and I am going to extend it in the education sector," he said and directed Education Minister Jam Khan Shoro who was accompanied by him to discuss and evolve mechanism to transfer administration of the schools to Thar Foundation. The chief minister also met women truck drivers am working in the coal mining project. "It really gives me immense pleasure that the women of Thar have come out and working more than their male family members," he said. He sat in the truck and the lady driver visited him the mine as demonstration of her skills.

It may be noted that in the project 35 lady truck drivers have been appointed, out of the a batch of 35, eight lady drives have started driving work while others are on their training. Earlier, Terming it an unprecedented policy for first time in the history of Pakistan, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday announced that the project affectees of Thar Coal Block II has been made shareholders from the profits of the Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC). Along with making direct affectees of Thar Coal Block-II shareholders, he also announced that the concern population of Gorano and DukarCho reservoir scheme would also get decent compensation package for a period of 30 years. This was announced by Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah during a 50 percent completion ceremony of the mining and power projects underway at Thar Coal Field’s Block II. The Thar Coal Project, undertaken by SECMC, a public-private partnership body in which the Sindh Government holds its 54 percent shares. Engro Powergen Thar Limited have also achieved 50% completion four months ahead of the schedule. “We will be able to reach at the coal reserves by June 2019,” said Murad Ali Shah adding that the project would start generating electricity in June 2019. “History will bear witness to the future generations that the peoples’ government of Sindh is the first to pull the country out of the energy crisis, and Thar coal project is the harbinger of a better economic future of Pakistan,” Shah expressed proudly. Unprecedented in the history of the country, CM Sindh also announced a scheme to make the indigenous communities shareholders

The chief minister said that with the establishment of Thar Coal Mining project around 1700 population of the area of Thar Coal Block-II have been affected. “We have already managed to provide them shelter, a separate house to each affected couple, with all the basic facilities of quality education, best health care services, safe drinking water, and sanitation,” he said and added a mosque and temple are being constructed there to practice their respective faiths. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that each family [affected] of Thar Coal Block II would receive at least Rs100,000 share each year and the amount would be kept on increasing. “We have provided jobs to the affected families in the Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and even women of the area have been employed there,” he said. “The concerned population of Gorano and Dukarcho scheme will also get a decent compensation package for 30 years along with health, education and drinking water facilities. Speaking during the ceremony, SECMC’s Chief Operating Officer, Shamsuddin Ahmad Shaikh said, “the mine of Thar Block-II with 1 X 1.6-kilometer area is the largest mine in the country. The company has removed over burden from the mine and has reached the depth of 90-meter deep. It means that 50 percent work has been completed, he said. “For us as a company, the development of country through this project is aligned with the prosperity of the area. The project, for me, loses its meaning the moment is trajectory is not in sync with the welfare of the people of the area,” Shaikh asserted. “I personally take pride in the formation of Thar Foundation, a dedicated organization working solely for the socioeconomic benefits of the Thari People. From the platform of the Foundation, we are establishing a state-of-the-art 150-bed hospital at Islamkot, and three secondary level schools at Islamkot, Mithi, and the resettlement area with the support of TCF; whereas, three new primary school have already started to impart quality education in the villages Thahryo Helepoto, Mansigh Bheel, and Bitra of Block II.” Shaikh added that it was their aim to make Islamkot, “a model taluka of Sindh in healthcare services.”

President of Engro Corporation Limited, Ghias Khan speaking at the occasion said, “It is indeed heartening to witness the 50% completion of Pakistan’s first ever open pit coal mine and 2x330 MW coal fired power plant in Thar. I am really proud of Engro’s Management team under the leadership of Shamsuddin Shaikh who have achieved this milestone four months ahead of schedule and even more impressive that they have done it safely with no Lost Workday Injury!” “Engro and Government of Sindh were the two original JV partners when SECMC was formed back in 2009 –and it took us 7 long years to develop this project which has been termed as a project of National and Strategic Importance – the entire nation realizes that Thar Coal is vitally important to Pakistan’s energy security.” “Government of Sindh has been a great partner for us and let me very clearly state that dealing with Government of Sindh on Thar Coal Project has been completely transparent, fair and based on merit which are also the hallmarks of Engro. “I also want to thank all the other sponsors, Hubco, HBL, House of Habib, CMEC, SPIM, Liberty for their confidence in Engro’s management in leading this project. On behalf of Engro, I congratulate SECMC and EPTL on achieving this great milestone and I eagerly look forward to seeing the Realization Dream of Thar Coal Inshallah by June 2019,” Khan said.

Karachi, 08 September, 2017:

ATC COURTS BEING SHIFTED FROM CLIFTON TO CENTRAL JAIL

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to establish a well-equipped public library in the ATC building, Clifton from where ATC courts are being shifted to Central jail Karachi. He took this decision while presiding over a meeting on shifting of ATC courts operation at Clifton to Central Jial Karachi. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Imdad Pitafi, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Advocate General Zamir Ghumro, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Home Qazi Shahid Parvaiz and others. The Sindh government is construction 10 ATC Courts at Central Jail Karachi and work is almost on the final stage. The Chief Minister directed Minister Home Sohail Siyal and Minister for Prison Ziaul Hassan Lanjar to expedite the remaining work. “I want the court be ready for shifting by September 16 and from September 18 shifting must be started,” he said. The chief minister said that he has decided to establish a well-equipped public library with additional digital facilities on the site of special courts. “The students, boys and girls, senior citizens and other people would have enough reading facility to refresh them with reading material of their choice,” he said and added that there would also be beautiful Coffee House n only for visitors of the library.

The chief minister was told that air-conditioners, and CCTV cameras are yet to be fixed in the new special courts being constructed at Central jail. The chief minister directed home secretary to get them fixed within four days and report him. The chief minister directed the chief secretary to prepare a scheme for establishment of the library at the site of special courts. “I would finance special funds for the purpose and want to give a gift of a beautiful library at Seaside to the people of this city,” he said. It may be noted that presently six special courts are operating at Clifton. It causes serious security issues when accused of terrorism cases are sent for hearing to ATC Clifton. The police department deploy 700 policemen at different spots for their security. Therefore, keeping in view the gravity of the situation the government had decided to construct special court building at Central Jail Karachi along with residence of judges and their concerned staff members. Now, the court building construction has almost been completed and the work was done by FWO. The chief minister has decided schedule of shifting special courts from Clifton to Central Jail from September 18.

Karachi, 11 August, 2017:

APEX COMMITTEE MEETING NEWS

 

The Apex Committee in its 20th meeting has decided to shift 270 prisoners, including 19 most notorious from Central jail Karachi to different jails of the province by declaring them high security prisons. The meeting was presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. Those who attended the meeting include Corps Commander Karachi Lt Genera Shaid Baig Mirza, Chief Secretary, DG Rangers Major Gen. Mohammad Saeed,

It was pointed out that there were 270 notorious prisoners in Karachi Central Jail, of them 19 are most dangerous. They were running their networks through different ways and means. Keeping in view the serious of the situation the meeting decided to shift them within next 10 days. However, the chief minister directed the home department to move their cases to military courts. For the purpose, the home, law departments and CTD departments would scrutinize their cases and send them to military courts with support documents. It was pointed that out of 270 prisoners the cases of 110 could easily be sent to military courts for trial because solid evidence have been collected against them. The chief minister gave two weeks to CDT department to finalise them. The meeting also discussed the mushroom growth of madaris in the province. It was pointed out that around 1000 madaris are located on government land illegally. The meeting decided to scrutinize the documents/NOCs etc of the 1000 madaris and no madaris would be allowed to be constructed on the main artery/road. It was also noted that during the last three to four years some 60 madaris have been established in Tharparkar, as matter of fact, majority of the population of the area is Hindu. The question arises why these madaris are being made in Thar is questionable and matter of apprehension. Therefore, it was decided that the hoem department would investigate the madaris constructed illegally. The meeting was informed that three madaris in Ghotki have been given notice for establishing them on government land illegally. The apex committee discussed proscribed organizations emergence with new names. Therefore, it was decided that intelligence agencies, police and Rangers would be investigate such cases and take necessary action.

The meeting approved sending 10 more cases, including of Amjad Sabri to Military Courts. In the said 10 cases a same group of criminals, Asim Capri, Ishaq Bobi (arrested), Samiullah and others are nominated. It may be noted that the Sindh government had sent 90 cases to military courts, of them 37 were tried in the military courts which have awarded capital punishment in 21 cases. But, not a single execution has taken place so far because of appeals. The meeting also discussed growing cybercrime cases and decided to seek powers from the federal government/FIA to register and investigate the cybercrime cases. The chief minister said that the provincial police set up not only needs schedule of cases but need expertise to work out such cases. The meeting decided to invest in cybercrime detection system. The meeting was informed that the data of terrorists was being compiled. The Sindh police was working closely with the Punjab police and sharing and compiling the criminals record. It may be noted that this decision was taken in 18 Apex Committee meeting. The meeting discussed the recent growing trend of target killing of policemen. This is very serious issue and day in and day out such news come up. This must be stopped and worked out said the chief minister. On this the meeting was told by the DG rangers and IG police that they were close to bust the gang involved in killing of the policemen. The meeting discussed operation against outlaws in katcha area for which the chief minister has already accorded approval. The meeting decided to get aerial support, spare force comprising police, rangers and may be armed forces personnel. The modality of the operation would be finalized by DG Rangers and IG police. The security of shrines also came under discussion. The meeting was informed that at the shrines of Lal Shahbaz Qalander and Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai have been made secure by deploying required police force and have installed walk through gates and CCTVs. Work on other shrines for strengthening their security is in progress.

The meeting also discussed street crime in the city thread bare. “Street criminals must be crushed,” the chief minister sand and directed AG Sindh to discuss the street criminal cases with the chief justice of Sindh High Court. “I want their cases be tried in special courts under anti-terrorism laws,” he said. Therefore, the AG Sindh was assigned the task to talk to the chief justice high court. The DG Rangers told the meeting that they have handed over 450 street criminals to the police and police have also arrested a large number of street criminals. “This is serious issue and must be dealt with iron hands,” said chief minister directing IG Sindh. The meeting also discussed about the measures being taken to install sims into cars, motor bikes and activation of tracking system in mobile phone. The home minister said that he has held a number of meeting with the manufacturers and to some extent he has agreed them but still he needs some to time to convince them. As far as mobile phones are concerned they have a system through which they could be blocked and traced. The meeting discussed land grabbing issue and termed it an organized crime in the city. The district administration and police assigned the task to protect government and private property and in case of number of claimants or dual claim papers of a piece of land then it must be verified from automation branch of the Board of Revenue. It may be noted that the Sindh government had sent 90 cases to military courts, of them 37 were tried in the military courts which have awarded capital punishment in 21 cases. But, not a single execution has taken place so far because of appeals. The meeting was also informed that on the recommendation of Sindh government the Ministry of Interior has placed 69 organisations on Schedule 1. The provincial government has placed 573 persons on Schedule 4. The chief minster directed the IG police to implement 4rth schedule in true letter and spirit. The 4rth Schedulers must comply with the law for which police stations may be directed accordingly. The meeting was told that 7095 Afghan Refugees have been repatriated, cases against 3135 illegal Afghan registered, arrested 5073 Afghanis living here residing illegally and deported 888 Afghanis. The meeting also discussed the issue of bank dacoities in detail. The meeting directed Home department to ensure implementation of SOP the State Bank has issued for the security of the banks. Under the SOP every bank has to construct a bunker for his guard from where he would be able to fire but nobody would be able to shot him.

Karachi, 11 August, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SAYS NAB HAS NO JURISDICTION IN SINDH NOW

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that after the repeal of NAB law (Sindh section) the NAB cannot take any action in Sindh. “We have enforced our anti-corruption and now the provincial government would eliminate the corruption from the province on its own.” This he said while talking to media just after visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral Church, Saddar to express his solidarity with Christian community on the eve of International Minority Day. He was accompanied by provincial ministers, Dr Mukesh Chawla, Khatud Mal Jeevan, PPP leader Naveed Anthony, MPA Saeed Ghani and others.

He said that NAB has no more jurisdiction in the provincial cases now. “Our stance is very clear that the anti-corruption is a provincial subject,” he said. He added that the provincial government would strengthen provincial law to fight against corruption. Replying to a question, he said that the Sindh Governor was not a member of Apex Committee. Earlier the Governor was invited for the meeting through a special invitation. Talking about the recent killing of policemen, he said that he was taking strict measures to stop such kind of target killing. “We are working on it to explore which group has emerged to challenge the police force,” he said and vowed to crush them (terrorist group). Talking about IG police, the chief minister said that his matter was in the court, therefore he would not discuss on it. Earlier, when the chief minister reached St Patrick’s Cathedral Church he was received by Archbishop Joseph Coutts, Rev. Fr. Saleh Diego and Parish Priest Mario Roddick and others of Christian Community and they showed rose petals on him and presented him flowers. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the minorities have equal rights in Pakistan. “In Sindh we never consider you [Christian] as minority but you are son soil and you enjoy the same rights as our Muslim brother do,” he said and added that the contribution Christian Community for the education and development of the province is praise worth. Just after Church, the chief minister visited Swami Naraen Mander at Light House and participated in their rituals and visited the temple. He also visited Guru Nanak Darbar located near the temple and participated in their religious rituals. Addressing the reception organized by Special Assistant to CM on Minorities Affairs Dr Khatul Mal said that he would talk to School Education to explore the possibility of establishing a separate primary to secondary school within the premises of the temple. “I know you [Hindu and Sikh] are settled here and have over 300 homes within and around the temple area, therefore you need a school within the compound,” he said.

The chief minister on behalf of his party leadership assured them his full support and cooperation in their every matter. “Why do you feel you are minority- you are our majority, your presence has made this country colourful and beautiful and PPP would never allow this beauty to fade away,” he said. He added that PPP has made two Hindus minister in its provincial cabinet and had contested another Hindu in the general election. “We are with you and we will be with you because you have deep roots in this province and the country. This is your country,” he said.

Karachi, 09 August, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH GIVES `A STICH IN TIME SAVE NINE’ FLOOD PROTECTION POLICY FOR REPAIR, MAINTENANCE OF BUNDS

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his flood protection policy is something like `a stitch in time saves nine’ should be adopted by continuing the repair and maintenance work of the bunds, particularly the vulnerable points. This he said while presiding over a meeting on flood situation here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Secretary Irrigation Syed Jamal Shah, Special Secretary Junaid Memon, MD SIDA Mohammad Khan Nizamani, Chief Engineer Guddu Barrage Farooq Chanar, Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Bhai Khan Lakho, Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Right Bank Aijaz Shaikh, Chief Engineer Kotri Barrage Abdul Qadir Palijo, Chief Engineer (dev) Irshad memon and Executive Engineer Shahbaz Akhtar.

He said that he had held a number meetings before the start of flood season and had issued necessary directives for pre-abkalyani season arrangements and strengthening of vulnerable points. Secretary Irrigation Syed Jamal Shah briefing the chief minister said that on August 9 (today) discharge position at Upstream Guddu Barrage is 456521 cusecs while the downstream is 453380 cusecs. He said that there are 48 vulnerable points at different bunds of the River Indus. Replying to a question of the chief minister, he said the vulnerability is determined on soil characteristics, old breaches sites, historical leaks and wave wash. Syed Jamal Shah said that there are 27 vulnerable points on Sukkur Barrage which include nine on left bank and 18 on right bank of Larkana region. In Guddu Barrage region, Sukkur there are six vulnerable points. He added that in the jurisdiction of Sindh Irrigation & Drainage Authority, there are seven vulnerable points, including three at Left bank Canal Area Water Board, Badin and four at Ghotki Feeder Canal Area water Board. In Kotri Barrage Region, Hyderabad there are eight vulnerable points. Special Secretary Irrigation Junaid Memon told the meeting that work on all the vulnerable points was in progress. On this, the chief minister said that this is the time of flood fighting but “this work of strengthening of embankments as started earlier should continue upto off-flood season,’ he said. Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Right Bank Region, Larkana Aijaz Shaikh said that to control on right side of the river, Sukkur-Larkana (SL) Bund and Larkana-Sehwan (L.S) Bund were constructed. As river flows in meandering, hence the flow pattern in river is like English alphabet letter `S’ having series of curves. The curve on its concave side always remain in active erosion portion as well as present in water suspension. He added that the scouring and hitting action of the river water has damaged and wiped away the different portions of SL, LS bunds, resulting on formation of new frontline bunds and second line of defense bunds. The meeting was told that pre-Abkalani measures have been taken from June 1 under which maintenance of bunds was made to make them motorable. Katcha landhis have also been constructed at every half mile of the bund where abkalyani material such as hurricane lamps, torches, empty gunny bags, bamboos etc have stoked at vulnerable points to face any emergent situation. The chief minister directed the chief engineers to keep monitoring the stone pitching work being carried out at vulnerable points. “You have sufficient budget; therefore, work should be carried out smoothly,” he said.

Karachi, 09 August, 2017:

SINDH GOVT ALLOCATED RS600 M FOR DEVELOPMENT MALIR

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he has allocated Rs600 million for different development schemes for Malir and “I am ready to arrange more funds if the proposed schemes of water supply, roadnetwork and bridges are completed in time”. This he said while presiding over a meeting of elected representatives of Malir District. Those who attended the meeting include MNA Hakeem Baloch, MPAs Sajid Jokhio, Murtaza Baloch, Chairman Distt Council Salman Murad, Chairman DMC Malir jan Mohammad Baloch, Abbas Talpur and others. He said that he has allocated sufficient funds for Malir and envisaged a number of development schemes on which work would be started shortly. “ Now the onus is on the elected representatives to give ownership to the works being carried out are to be started soon,” he said.

The chief minister said that he has visited different villages of Malir district a number of times. “This is why I have given special attention to the government hospitals to improve their health services,” he said and added the earlier in the Memon Goth hospitals doctors and nurses were reluctant to turn up on their duties are now when it has been given on Public Private Partnership it is working smoothly. The elected representatives of malir told the chief minister that various villages of of the Malir areas need to be electrified and gasified. On this the chief minister said that he would talk to KE authorities to expedite village electrification in Malir. “In the first phase the village electrification in the pipe line would be completed and the new recommended villages would be taken up in latter,” he said. Talking about gasification of the villages of Malir, the chief minister said that he was going to sing a new village gasification agreement with SSGC. “Under the new agreement a certain number of Malir would be gasified,” he assured them. He assured the participants of the meeting that the villages of the Malir would be provided water supply schemes through water board. “I know there is a large number of villages which have no water- it is on my priority to provide them with water,” he said. Syed Murad Ali shah directed Chairmen District Council Karachi and DMC Malir to keep their respectives area neat and clean. “The government is providing you enough funds, therefore the public funds must be utilized in the interest of the people of the area,” he said. The chief minister said that he has personally witnessed the road infrastructure of the Malir district. “I would reconstruct the dilapidated roads,” he vowed.

Karachi, 01 August, 2017:

A MARATHON MEETING WITH WB

SINDH GOVT. EMBARKS ON REFORMS TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT: SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government has embarked on a comprehensive plan to introduce reforms in every sector to make Sindh a seat of prosperity and a hub of investment for better returns.This he said while holding a luncheon meeting with World Bank team led by its Country Director Mr Pachamuthu Illangovan here at the CM House. The chief minister was assited by provincial ministers, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Jam Mehtab Dahar, Syed Nasir Shah, Special Assistant Shahid Thahim, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, provincial secretaries, chairmen of Board of Investment and Sindh Board of revenue and other concerned officers. The World Bank country chief gave a presentation on Sindh Growth Strategy with the objectives to improve investment climate, improve rural service delivery, improve connectivity to markets and to strengthen government credibility.

Talking about `Improve Investment Climate’, Mr Illangovan said that it could be achieved through reforms, regulations and launching e-government system. He also suggested stimulation urban land markets through better regional planning and land regulations. The WB country director suggested improvement in rural service delivery through Public Private Partnership (PPP). “You (the government) would have to strengthen government capacity for service delivery oversight and to reduce gaps in health and education outcomes for women,” he said. Talking about improved connectivity to markets, he said that there was a need of connecting villages to cities, particularly the port cities. He added that strengthening of government credibility could be developed by starting dialogue with private sector, improving budgeting & budget tracking system and receiving online citizen feedback. In the meeting, the chief minister discussed ‘programme for results (PR)’ with proposed interventions and expected results with the World Bank team. The interventions Syed Murad Ali Shah discussed, include automation of all business licenses, strengthening contract enforcement process, leverage to private sector to upgrade, develop and manage well-serviced industrial estates and zones, establishment of combined effluent treatment plant on PPP mode and reinforcement of Sindh Board of Investment for targeted and strategic investment promotion. It was pointed out that the with implementation of the under-discussion interventions, the government approval time would be reduced with reduced compliance cost. There would be lower risk of doing business, it would achieve export competitiveness and access to European markets. Easier access to serviced industrial land and lower industrial pollution would lead to the increased local and foreign investment. It was also agreed in the meeting that there was a need of digital and transport connectivity. Therefore, it was decided to develop and implement a comprehensive roadmap for provincial e-governance system for efficient service delivery. It was also discussed to explore the avenues to develop and implement a strategic framework/fund for transport connectivity through PPP mode. The meeting discussed problems in five projects of the World Bank going on in Sindh. They are Sindh Public Sector Management Reform; Sindh Agriculture Growth Project, Sindh Barrage Improvement Project; Sindh Skills Development Project and Second Sindh Education project. The meeting decided to hold strategic discussion on the key issues identified in the five projects for which Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem would lead the Sindh team. Chairman P&D board Mohammad Waseem briefing the reforms made so far said that for `Ease of Doing Business (DB)’ a cell has been set up at board of Investment to mobilise authorities relating to DB indicators such as business registration; dealing with construction permits, registering property; enforcing contracts. The project would be made completely function from next financial year. Chairperson BoI also brifed the meeting on DB cell. Secretary Education Aziz Uqaili briefed the meeting on some of the achievements made in the education sector. He said that with the use of technology the teachers have been returned to class rooms, enrolment has been improved slightly, teachers training programmes for their capacity building have been launched. Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that under reforms programme, Sindh Business Registration Portal would be launched by end of December 2017. It includes procurement of hardware and software; hiring of the staff to manage the portal. He added that one-window facility (OWF) for construction of permits at Sindh Building Authority would also be started for which a firm would be hired to design the OWF and related hard and soft wares. On BRT systems, a detailed discussion was made in the meeting. Transport and Information Minister Syed Nasir Shah briefed them about orange line and Blue Line projects. The world Bank showed interest in Blue Line to finance it and extent full technical support. The World bank experts were not favour of elevated routes of the BRT.