MITHI (May 27) : Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the main issues of Thar are scarcity of sweet water, problem in delivery of health services and poverty.
This he said while addressing press conference here at Darbar Hall of DC office today. He was flawed by provincial ministers, Jam Mahtab Dahar, Syed Nasir Shah and MPA Dr Mahesh Malani.
He said that the traditional issues of water, delivery of health services and poverty were being addressed by his government from his last tenure. “When we took over there were only two RO plants in entire desert area but we have established about 700 RO plants, of them 80 percent are working.”
The Chief minister said the RO plant of Mithi is claimed to be the largest plant on solar energy with capacity of producing two million gallons of sweet water. “I accept it with open heart that it was not working on its capacity and is producing only 800,000 gallons a day”; he said and added that he has already taken up this issue with the company which has installed this plant. “There are some issues with this RO plant such as storage problem and distribution problem”, he said and added that he has directed the company to improve performance of RO plant and has also directed the local government to lay the lines for water distribution/ supply in the entire Mithi city and nearby areas so that purpose of installation of the plant could be achieved.
Talking about health services the chief minister said that his government has established 400 dispensaries, of them more than 85 percent are working. We have upgraded district and taluka hospitals and today I have given four fully loaded mobile hospitals to Thar. He added that these mobile hospitals have the facilities of OT, lab and also a medical store.
Replying to a question he said that Thar coal has attracted internal investors. China and Australia have started investing there. “I am going to start training programs for the youth of Thar so that they can avail the technical and non-technical job opportunities developing in the energy sector in Thar.”
He said that Sindh University campus would be established in Thar to provide university level education to the students of desert area.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah talking about infrastructure developed in Tharparkar district said that a wide Road net work of motorway quality has been developed. The infrastructure development has opened the investment opportunities particularly in Thar Coal.
Earlier, the chief minister visited Mithi Civil hospital where he inspected the facilities in Nursary Ward and female ward. In Nursary ward there were 13 incubators, of them newborn were kept in ten and three were empty.
He talked to doctors and para medical staff members. Some if them complaint against non payment of their salaries and some had the problem of non payment if Thar allowance and residence. He directed Minister Health to redress their salary and Thar allowance issued and also directed the Commissioner Mirpurkhas to provide the doctors residence by warding if outsiders from the residential areas.
The chief minister went to Nenisar village where he visited a RO plant and distributed wheat among poor people.