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Karachi, 25 FEBRUARY, 2017:

CHIEF MINISTER SINDH INAUGURATED ABILITY EXPO – 2017

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Special Education department to prepare an annual calendar of extra curricular activities in collaboration with sports department for what he termed the 'differently abled' children to bring them in the stream in different sectors of the society.

This he said while addressing a gathering organised to launch 'Ability Expo 2017' today here at Expo Center. He said that the purpose of arranging this event is to provide opportunities to the special people by bringing all the stakeholders under one platform. "Up till now, very limited efforts have been made to develop a strong linkage mechanism between the special persons, educational institutions and entrepreneurs," he said and added "this event gives better coordination and an incentive mechanisms in addition to existing facilities," and went on saying "it is an innovative approach to provide an opportunity for differently abled people to stand on their feet and lead a responsible life." The chief minister said that the world and its value system has traversed a long distance to cover and achieve the objectives of civilisation. "Gone are the days when strength and opulence of the society was considered to be the depiction of civilisation development," he said and added "the world has crossed that narrow meaning of civilisation. Now presence of pragmatic supporting mechanism for vulnerable section of the society in a system has become the benchmark of social development." He said the traditional mechanism of measuring human development has now apparently transformed into the fact that how a society in general views its vulnerable section and to what extent it is willing to support them out of their helplessness.

Syed Murad Ali Shah admitting and recognising the responsibility of his government vowed to provide better institutional framework for the differently abled people. "It becomes our collective responsibility to look after the neglected and downtrodden sections of society," he said and invited "let us resolve to defeat this mindset of inaction, neglect and contempt for this community by raising awareness and putting in our efforts to facilitate and bolster them." He vowed to provide maximum funds and support if schools and other activities are taken up. Earlier, the event was inaugurated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. He emphasized on the need of a resource fair like Abilities Expo-2017, which promotes inclusion in the society and shows the world a better sight of Pakistan. On the occasion, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani, Secretary Special Education said that the department intends to organize such events for the betterment of special people and their families with a view to highlight the achievements and aspirations in future also as we believe emphasis on the institutional care of the helpless and needy makes the government people bond. He also appreciated the commendable work done by Karachi Vocational Training Centre in collaborating to organize Abilities Expo. Earlier, Robina Inam Founder member and Principal KVTC said that Abilities Expo is a platform for the largely marginalized disabled community of Pakistan. This annual event will be used to publicly voice and share their concerns, showcase their abilities and skills to the world, and find solutions readily available in Pakistan to their various special needs. Under the banner of Abilities Expo the Government of Sindh and Karachi Vocational Training Centre for the Intellectually Challenged KVTC’s created a go to resource fair for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) providing equal opportunities to everyone in the community leading to a more inclusive society. A world variety of talent exposition welcomed the audience in Hall 1, 2 & 3 of the Expo Centre, from tableau to Karate (Tae-Kwan-Do) performances, with sports like Basketball and arts & vocational displays and product displays. Abilities Expo platform catered to over an audience of 20,000 providing abilities enhancing products and services, employment and partnership opportunities for PWDs, their families, caregivers, Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools, welfare organizations, health care professionals, and bridging the gap between services for PWDs in the public and private sector. The event was also attended by noticeable members of the society, Members of the Armed forces, heads of international missions from British, USA, Turkey, Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, members of Government of Sindh.

Karachi, 28 January, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER REVIEW DISTRICT ADP, EXPRESS DISPLEASURE ON SOME DISTRICT FOR NEGLIGIBLE PERFORMANCE

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the development of each and every district must be carried out in time. If any deputy commissioner does not take interest in the uplift of his district he would be removed. This he said while presiding over a review meeting on provincial and District Annual Development Programme (ADP) to review their progress, pace and quality of the works. The meeting was attended by ACS P&D Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Works Aijaz Khan, Secretary Education Jamal Shah, Special Secretary to CM Rahim Shaikh and all the divisional commissioners participated through video link. Briefing the chief minister Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) P&D Mohammad Waseem said that the government has launched a Rs200 billion provincial Annual development Programme (ADP) for 2016-17 to execute 2773 schemes, including 1777 on-going and 996 new. He added that the finance department has released Rs116.190 billion, including 96.960 billion for on-going and Rs19.231 billion for new schemes. The releases show that 81 percent of funds for ongoing and 19.231 percent for new schemes have been released while the overall releases stand at 58 percent which is itself a record. Talking about the expenditures of the released funds, he said that out of Rs96.960 billion for on-going schemes Rs50.736 billion have been utilized while out of 19.231 billion for new schemes 1.247 billion have been spent. On this the chief minister said that the utilization of released funds have improved but still was not happy because the utilisation could also be improved further. He directed Chairman P&D to constitute different teams to inspect the on-going work and report him progress report which include pace and, quality of the works.

Mr Waseem briefing the meeting on District ADP said that the government has allocated Rs25 billion ADP out of which Rs12.452 billion or more than 50 percent funds have been released. against which Rs4.608 billion funds have been utilized which shows 37 percent utilization. On this the chief minister took the divisional commissioner on video link and expressed his displeasure that some of the deputy commissioner were not taking interest in the development of their district. The chief minister reading out from the facts sheet said that Shikarpur which has an allocation of 840.8 million, including 210 million for new and Rs1,051 million the government has released Rs393.750 million only for on-going schemes but utilization is only 15 percent. Similarly, Naushehroferoze has a Rs687.624 which include Rs550 million on-going and Rs137.525 million new scheme. The government has released Rs275.05 million against on-going schemes but the expenditures are 25 percent. Expressing his displeasure he said that most of the districts have failed to come up with the pace and targets he has set for development. He categorically told the commissioners to activate their deputy commissioners to execute development schemes properly, otherwise they would be show the gate. "Those who are unwilling workers and do not bother to move in the field have place in his team," he said. He added that the utilisation of funds by various other districts, such as Kashmore-Kandhkot, Sujawal, Umerkot, Matiari are deplorable.

The chief minister taking policy decision said that focus must be given to the on-going schemes so that they could be completed in time. The new schemes which have not been started yet be held in abeyance till the finalization of on-going schemes. The chief minister directed ACS (dev) to arrange another meeting so that he could review the entire development portfolio of each and every district. "I want to see each and every city of my province developed," he said.

Karachi, 28 January, 2017:

Karachi: (January 28th, 2017): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presides over a meeting on provincial and District ADP to Review its Pure and Quality.

 

Karachi: (January 28th, 2017): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah holds meeting with World Bank high power delegation led by its CEO Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Regional Vice President South Asia Ms. Annette Dixonand Country Director Pakistan Mr. Patchamutha Illangovan.

 

Karachi, 27 January, 2017:

THATTA- SUJAWAL BRIDGE TO USHER IN NEW VISTAS OF DEVELOPMENT, PROSPERITY: SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said the the newly constructed bridge on River Indus has bridged the two newly divided districts of Thatta and Sujawal and it has paved the way to transport heavy machinery from Karachi port to Tharparkar to install coal-based power plants. This he said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of newly constructed Thatta- Sujawal Bridge on River Indus at the site of the bridge today. He said that the old Thatta- Sujawal bridge was constructed about 50 to 54 years ago and it had developed cracks in its structure. Therefore, the administration had controlled started controlling flow of, heavy traffic on the old bridge. “ The big issue was how to transport heavy machinery of coal-fired power plants to Thar coal field,” he said and added that the the development endeavours of the people's government was being affected due to the old bridge. Syed Murad Ali said that keeping in view the urgent requirement of the new bridge his government decided to construct new bridge on River Indus from it own resources. “This is the first ever bridge on Sindhu Darya that has been constructed by any provincial government from its resources, otherwise this is the job of federal government,” he said. He said that this bridge has been constructed within a period of 19 months at a cost of Rs2.9 billion. Appreciating the Thar Coal Authority, the executing agency of bridge, the chief minister gave appreciation letters to the concerned officers and the contractors. The chief minister said that the bridge immediately joins or connects the two districts of Thatta and Sujawal divided administratively recently. “People and the representatives of both the districts favour administrative division of Thatta and Sujawal, otherwise I would have rejoined them as the bridge has connected them,” he said in a lighter mood. He said that he was well aware that some people were not happy on the construction of the new bridge “because their business of minting money on allowing trucks and other heavy traffic has come to an end,” he said again in a lighter mood. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the new bridge would usher in the new vistas of development and prosperity in the area upto the desert of Thar which has started producing black gold to provide power to the whole country.

He said the new bridge is a four lane and the old bridge which is two/ lane would also be used simultaneously for smooth flow of traffic. “ I would suggest to the district administration to use the old bridge for light traffic, including bikes,” he said. Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali announced to construct two more bridge on River Indus, one at Zulfikarabad and other one at Kandhkot-Ghotki. “we have already constructed a bridge on River Indus at Jhirk- Mulakatyar and I am going to inaugurate it shortly,” he said. Earlier, when the chief minister landed at the bridge he was received by provincial minister Mohammad Ali Malkani, PPP leader Sadiq Memon and others and senior government officers like ACS ( Dev) M. Waseem, Commissioner Hyderabad Qazi Shahid Parvez and others amidst the slogans of jeay Bhutto and Jeay Murad Ali Shah. The chief minister was briefed on the project by secretary Energy Agha Wasif.

 

Karachi, 23 January, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH PRESIDED OVER A MEETING ON STREET CRIME

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided over a meeting on street crime here at Chief Minister Secretariat / House Karachi. The meeting starts at 8:30 am which the importance the Chief Minister is going to the issue.

 

Karachi, 19 January, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH PRESIDES OVER THE CABINET MEETING

KARACHI (Jan 19): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government would never allow terrorists and religious fanatics to keep playing with the lives of innocent people even if the federal government refuses to cooperate which is evident from the response of Ministry of Interior to 94 madaris involved in supporting or penetrating madaris. This he said while presiding over the Sindh cabinet meeting here at the 7th floor of News Sindh Secretariat. The meeting was attended by all the provincial minister, including Nisar Khuhro, Manzoor Wassan, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and others. The advisors and special assistants were invited specially. Briefing the cabinet on the response of Ministry of Interior to ban 94 madaris allegedly involved in promoting terrorism, the chief minister said that in the Apex committee the list of the madaris was presented. The Committee was told that 94 madaris were involved in terrorist activities. They had presented solid evidences gathered from the terrorists arrested by Law Enforcement Agencies and they had revealed startling disclosures against the said madaris. After the interrogation the concerned agencies worked hard to collect solid evidences and on the basis of that information, evidence and recommendation a list of 94 madaris spreading over 46 pages was sent to Ministry of Interior “I was quite surprised that when an attempt was made to politicize the issue instead of taking action as recommended by the government,” he said and added “come what may we would go ahead and keep crushing the terrorists wherever they live or nurtured because we are the worst affected people of terrorism. At the hands of terrorists, we have lost our leadership, we have sacrificed the lives of our law enforcement agencies personnel and we have sacrificed our innocent citizens, including the children- enough is enough,” he said and went on saying “it shows how much serious the federal government is to take action against terrorists,” he said. He told the cabinet that the reply of 46 -page letter the Ministry of Interior has sent a three page reply and now “we have sent them reply of their letter and would see and definitely see what action they are going to take and this would ascertain their seriousness to eliminate terrorism from the country,” he said.

 

WHEAT PROCUREMENT TARGET

Sindh Cabinet has decided to fix wheat procurement target for the forthcoming procurement season at 1.2 million tons. It may be noted that last year it was 1.1 lac ton. Senior Minister for Food Nisar Khuhro brought in an additional item of wheat procurement target for the forthcoming season. He told the cabinet that last year the target was 11 lac ton which was achieved successfully. The Sindh government has exported three lac tons of wheat and by the start of new harvest season there would be two lac tons of wheat to carry forward to the new procurement season. He added that this year due to torrential rains bumper crop is expected, therefore procurement target may be enhanced from 1.1 million tons to 1.2 million tons. On this the finance department opposed the proposal saying that the entire wheat procurement process was subsidized. There was a huge loan of Rs67 billion against the food department. On this the chief minister said that the enhancement of the target was necessary as it was the only incentive for the growers. Almost all the cabinet members participated in the discussion and finally approved new target of procuring 1.2 million tons of wheat, however another departmental meeting would be chaired by the chief minister to work out a plan to dispose of wheat stocks available with the food department and repay the loan.

 

LAW & ORDER:

The cabinet meeting started with the briefing by IG Police AD Khowja on law & order. Giving comparative performance of 2015/16, he said that all the other heinous crimes have come down considerably. He added that terrorism has come down to -15 percent, extortion – 27 percent, kidnapping for ransom by -12 percent, target killing by -27 percent, murder by -29 percent, and dacoity by -21 percent. AD Khowja quoting SRSS report said that sectarian violence has decreased in KPK and Sindh while it has increased in FATA, Punjab and Balochistan. He added that 60 percent decrease has been witnessed in causalities of Law enforcement agencies personnel. The chief minister said that it was encouraging but there was huge hue and cry against street crime. Why it has increased and police have failed to control it. The IG said that it has also increased and said that there was – 24 percent decrease in mobile snatching, -34 percent decrease in four wheelers snatching, -14 percent four wheeler theft, -13 percent decrease in two wheeler snatching and only two wheeler theft has increased by +14 percent. He added that in 2015 some 21028 mobile phones were snatched while in 2016 the snatching was record at 16010. Similarly there 336 incidents of four wheeler snatching and in 2016 it was recorded at 221. The four wheeler theft in 2015 was 1805 while in 2016 it was at 1559. The snatching of two wheelers was 2843 in 2015 and it declined to 2473 in 2016 but the theft of two wheelers which was 18087 in 2015 increased to 22358 in 2016. On this the chief minister expressing his displeasure directed the IG to take strict action and mobile all his police officers, including SHOs to control the street crime. “We can’t be happy merely on the declined figures of the criminal activities but it is our responsibility to bring it down to zero. The people of this city have seen lot of blood and now I want to smiles and confidences on their facers,” he said and ask the IG Police to make all his officers accountable. Replying to a question of the chief minister, the IG said that there were 15 worst affected police stations of the street crime. They include Gulsh-i-Iqbal, Shahrah-i-Faisal, Ferozabad, Aziz Bhatti, Preedy, Zaman Town, Korangi, Mobina Town, Taimuriya, Korangi Industrial Area, Defence, New Town , Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Clifton and Azizabad. On this the chief minister said that the home work made by the IG was commendable but now “I want results even if you have to start removing non-performing SHOs and other officers,” he said and directed him to keep sending him the performance of the worst affected police stations on regular basis. another departmental meeting would be chaired by the chief minister to work out a plan to dispose of wheat stocks available with the food department and repay the loan. He told the cabinet that Karachi police had identified 53 hotspots with regards to street crime. These spots were being strengthened by deploying appropriate manpower and resources. He added that community based policing have been established at Bahadurabad, Ferozeabad, North Nazimabad and Korangi Insutrial Area.

 

ARMS LICENSES

The Home department had floated a proposal to the cabinet for granting permission to issue new arms licenses. Briefing the cabinet Home Secretary Shakeel Mangnijo said that there were 1063315 arms licenses have been issued throughout province. The home department has received 473,347 arms licenses for registration, of them 198,426 have revalidated/registered and still over 500,000 licenses have not been filed for registration. Which the department consider as cancelled. On this the chief minister said that permission of issuing new licenses could not be granted now. He directed home secretary to expedite the registration work of the linceses he has received so far. However, he formed a committee comprising Burhan Chandio, Qasim Shah and Dr Sikandar Mendhro to review the policy of granting arms licenses.

 

AMEDMENT IN LG ACT 2013

The local government has brought an amendment in Sindh Local Government Act 2013 in Section 25 of SLGA -2013 under which a mechanism for removal of chairman, vice chairman and Mayor was to be approved. The cabinet did not approve the proposed amendment saying that the removal of the elected Mayor, Chairman etc should be through vote of confidence. However, the cabinet formed a committee under Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro, Mir Hazar Khan bijarani, Murtaza Wahab, Burhan Chandio, Syed Qasim Shah and others to examine the proposed amendment and give its recommendation.

 

NEW SECTION IN CrPC

The cabinet also discussed insertion of new section in CrPC making DNA testing mandatory in rape cases. The proposal was that within 72 hours of the rape incident DNA samples must be collected by concerned police officer for testing. The cabinet approved the proposal in principle but formed a committee to examine the entire clause and propose addition and deletion in the draft. A detailed mechanism may also be proposed to collect samples and also suggest penalty/punishment in case the concerned officer fails to collect the samples. The cabinet also discussed some other legislative issues and formed some committee. However, the chief minister directed the IG police to vacate the DIG office housed in social welfare department hostel.

 

RANGESR GIVEN SPECIAL POWERS

Sindh Chief Minister on Wednesday approved the summary to grant special powers to Pakistan Rangers expired on January 10. After the approval of the chief minister the home department has moved the summary to the Ministry of Interior for necessary action.

 

Karachi, 16 January, 2017:

Karachi: (Jan 16th, 2017): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presides over the cabinet meeting at New Sindh Secretariat.

 

Karachi: (Jan 16th, 2017): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah offers condolence with Afnan Siddiqui over the death of his father Governor Sindh Justice (R) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddqui at Governor House. Acting Governor Agha Siraj Durani is also present.

 

Karachi: (Jan 16th, 2017): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah writes his expression in the visitors book kept at Governor House for Late Governor Sindh Justice (R) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddqui.

 

Karachi, 11 January, 2017:

KARACHI ( Jan 11): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah offers condolence with Consul General of Iran Mr. Mehdi Subhani over the sad demise of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani at Iranian Consulate. He also wrote his comments on visitor’s book at Iranian Consulate. He was accompanied by Provincial Ministers Mr. Nasir Hussain Shah and Mr. Imdad Ali Pitafi.

 

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH ANNOUNCE ONE-DAY MOURNING FOR GOVERNOR

KARACHI ( Jan 11): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Expressing deep grief and sorrow over the said demise of Governor Sindh Justice rtd Saeeduzaman Siddiqui has announced one day mourning on Thursday. He directed chief secretary Rizwan Memon to coordinate with the family of late Governor and his principal secretary for making official arrangements of his burial.

The chief minister also spoke to Principal Secretary to Governor Saileh Farooqui and discussed burial arrangements. He added that the family of the Governor must be consulted in each and every decision.

 

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH TERMS PROPOSED 7PC ALLOCATION FROM DIVISIBLE POOL FOR SECURITY, UPLIFT UNCONSTITUTIONAL

KARACHI (Jan 11): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the proposal of allocating seven percent funds from federal divisible for the security arrangement of CPEC –related projects and for the development of FATA and other areas is unconstitutional and would establish a wrong precedent, therefore all the provinces should oppose the proposal collectively. This he said wile discussing NFC issue with Finance Minister of Punjab Dr Aisha Ghous who called on him here at the CM House today. He said that the proposal of the federal government to allocate three percent funds from Divisible pool for CPEC-related security force and four percent for the development of FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir is unreasonable and against the constitution. The divisible pool is only for distribution of collected funds amongst the provinces.

It may be noted that the federal government has proposed all the province to allow an over all seven percent allocation funds from the divisible pool for security of CPEC projects and the development of FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan The Sindh chief minister is of the opinion that the federal government has already allocated one percent funds from the divisible pool for maintenance of law & order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and now they are seeking the consent of the provinces to allocate three percent for the security of CPEC projects and four percent for the development of FTA, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltitistan. This is an unconstitutional demand and cannot be met. He said that the share of all the four provinces in the divisible pool comes to 57.5 percent and the remaining 42.5 goes to the federal government. The Sindh government has already raised a force of 2000 ex-army men to provide security to the projects and employees of CPEC projects. Apart from it, the Sindh government has spent Rs300 billion on maintenance of law & order right from 2010-11 to 2015-16. “The federal government did not bother to hare a single penny and now they are pressing the provinces to give funds from their shares,” he said and added that it was quite unacceptable. “I would request to the Punjab government, KPK and Balochistan to develop consensus and oppose the proposal,” he aid. The Punjab Finance Minister, Dr Aisha Ghous assured the chief minister Sindh that she would support him.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also said that the provincial governments should have the right to collect sales tax on goods and then deposit the same with the federal government for onward distribution among the provinces according to their agreed share. “We have prepared the case and the Punjab government should also make a similar case so that it would be fight out in the next NFC meeting,” he said. The Punjab finance minister also supported Sindh. He said that unilateral at source deduction of wealth tax from the share of Sindh government is another illegal act. The deduction is made purely on presumptions. The federal government before making at source deduction should reconcile the figures with Sindh government. The Finance Minister of Punjab said that the reservations and grievances of the Sindh government are genuine and she would also support Sindh. She also said that the opinion of the Punjab government on the issue the Sindh chief Sindh has raised is the the same. The chief minister also said that he would take other provinces into confidence on these issues.