KARACHI, April 15: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has urged the Sindh cabinet to improve its performance and remain more accessible to the people to resolve their issues as a PPP government is meant to deliver more than any its counterpart in the country.
PPP Chairman presided over a meeting of Sindh Cabinet held at Bilawal House today. Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Manzoor Wassan, Mukesh Chawala and other Ministers and Special Assistants to Chief Minister attended the meeting.
Chief Minister informed the meeting that Sindh government has released Rs161 billion in the three quarters of the current fiscal year of them Rs86 billion have been spent. During the same period in the previous year Rs101 were released and Rs51 billion were spent.
Briefing the meeting, the Education Minister informed that of 5,000 closed schools, Sindh government has reopened 2079 primary schools while 1,400 others have been found not viable as puppet regimes of the past had established dozens of school buildings in smaller village to appease and bribe their crony Wadera allies. Third party evaluation of the reopened schools is being carried out to ensure that they are fully functional while teachers training is also being outsourced to improve primary education, the Minister informed.
On the question of garbage in Karachi, the Minister concerned pointed out the hiccups in removal of garbage and pledged that Sindh government was taking up steps to ensure Karachi as the cleanest city in the region but cooperation of the different tiers of elected local bodies was required without politicization of the issue by the opponents.
Local Government Department Minister further said that a mega project for provision of 200 mgd water to be sources from 150 kilometers away.
Minister Works and Services informed that Sindh government has completed construction of 2003 kilometers of roads in the province while 41 major road sector schemes were underway and all the concerned have been directed to ensure quality of work and in time completion of the ongoing schemes.
Minister Culture said that Umerkot Fort has been restored in its original glory in a short time while the work on Kotdiji Fort was underway to renovate with its unique architecture.
About the historic and scenic Gorakh Hills in Dadu district, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that talks are underway with the Asian Development to build a specious road for easy access to the tourists. He said several small tourist rest houses have also been built but there was a need of construction of a big resort.
Information Technology Minister pointed out that his department was carrying out a project for websites of 44 departments and data collection of provincial infrastructure was also underway besides installation of security surveillance systems at hundreds of worship places of non-Muslims in the province.
The cabinet was informed that for the province’s famous Sindhri mangoes have been got registered to pave way for its exports as previously it exports were illegal in the international market.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was further informed that Sindh government has increased the job quota for women from 5% to 15%, which is unprecedented in the country.
In Transport sector, the meeting was told that Sindh Mass Transir Project has formally been approved while buses under Edhi Lines, Yellow Lines, Blue Lines and Red Lines will be on roads by the end of this year in phases. Under Peoples Service, 617 new buses under Public-Private Partnership are ready to ply in provincial capital by July.
Apprising about performance of Health Department, the Minister concerned said that liver transplantation was being operated in Sindh while 12 vertical health programmes are being run. He lamented that Sindh government tried to recruit 6,000 doctors to meet need in rural and urban areas but could not do it because of litigations.
Cabinet meeting was told that Minority Affairs Department was undertaking 550 schemes for non-Muslim communities and their worship places, which is unmatched in any province.
Earlier, addressing the Sindh Cabinet, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed upon the members of Sindh cabinet to work hard as he wants every department to deliver its best to serve the masses and mitigate their sufferings.