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Sindh has succeeded in reducing poverty from 60 pc to 35 pc, says CM

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Sindh has succeeded in reducing poverty from 60 pc to 35 pc, says CM
KARACHI (Nov 17): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that when he had taken over as chief minister the poverty ratio in Sindh was around 60 percent and with constant efforts and through poverty alleviation programme the ratio has come down to 35 percent. “Still I am not satisfied and have taken it as a mission to reduce it further.”
This he said while addressing a delegation of the participants of National Security & War Course 2016 of National Defence University Islamabad. The delegation led by Air Commodore Shahid Bajwa and faculty members was comprising 125 under training officers of different groups, such as Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, Customs, Income Tax and DMG.
The chief minister replying to the questions of the participants of teh course said that poverty was big issue in Sindh. ” After taking over as chief minister he started some important poverty alleviation programmes and also empowered women by giving them 25 acre each with seed and other agricultural inputs to cultivate their land. “I am sure this kind of programme has not been launched anywhere on Pakistan,” he said.
Replying to a question he appreciated prime minister Nawaz Sharif and chief of Army Staff General Raheel sharif for supporting his government in water against terror. “The prime minister has extended moral support while COAS supported our law enforcing agencies with equipments and other gadget,” he said.
“I want share with you that the COAS has thrice lauded the efforts of Sindh government in the implementation of National Action Plan. We have held nine APEX committee meetings and have launched a comprehensive targeted operation against terrorists, target killers, extortionists and kidnappers,” he said and added that with sincere and committed efforts “we have succeeded in eliminating terrorists network by 60 percent.”
The chief minister launded the efforts and sacrifices of Police, Rangers and intelligence agencies in restoring peace in city and said that “this restoration of law and order is very dear to me because it has been gained when our Policemen and Rangers personnel laid their lives. This peace has got the blood of our jawans so I cannot forget them,” he said
Syed Qaim Ali Shah talking about Thar drought said that not only he had launched special programmes in Thar to control the drought but conducted a study to identify the causes and remedies of the situation. “Under poverty reduction programme Sindh government distributed Rs4 billion wheat among the poor people of Thar, Kohistan and Katchho in three phases,” he said and added that the main reason behind the drought was water shortage. Therefore, his government has started installing 700 small and mega RO plants to solve their water issue and most of the RO plants have started functioning.”
The other issue was lack of health facilities on which the chief minister said that not only the district headquarter but taluka hospital in Thar were upgraded by provinging necessary equipments and staff such as lady doctors, surgeons and para-medical staff. “Presently, Mithi hospital is one of the best hospitals of the province said that .
Talking about developing road network, the chief minister said that the road from Hyderabad to Mirpurkhas has been constructed with the help of Korea. “It is worth to see and has the same quality which the motorway has,” he said and added that the roads of Tharparkar all other districts have been developed and presently Rs9 billion have been earmarked for road sector.
Talking education, the chief minister said that girls education has been focused. “Sindh has the honour to be the first in the country to have declared education compulsory in the province. We are giving Rs3500 per month to the poorest of the poor girls to receive education. Presently, all the poor girls have returned to schools,” he said.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh’s contribution in the production of national natural gas stands at 68 percent but in return Sindh receives only 33 percent gas. “The installed national capacity of power generation is 22,797 MW, out of which Sindh contributed 28 percent. Total national oil production is 24.573 million barrels per year out oof which Sindh contributes 39.4 percent,” he said and added that “we have embarked on the path of development and prosperity by tapping the natural resources. I am sure Sindh would be able to end energy crisis within next few year.
Earlier, chief secretary Siddique Memon not only briefed the participants of teh course but conducted the programme. Additiional Chief Secretary (De) Aijaz Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Home Mohammad Waseem, Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher and Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo answered the questions of the participants of the curse.


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