Murad reviews 443 uplift schemes of Rs33.6bn, orders completion of 205 schemes

KARACHI (March 15): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reviewing the progress of 443 on-going development schemes of education, Rural Development Department (RDD) & Public Health Engineering Department of Rs33.6 billion said that he was not satisfied with the pace of work and urged the concerned department to complete 205 schemes by June 2019, otherwise action would be taken accordingly.

 The meeting was attended by Minister Education Syed Sardar Shah, Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Secretary School Education Qazi Shahid Parvez, Secretary Finance Najam Shah, Secretary PHE Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Colleges Pervez Sihar.  

Secretary School Education Qazi Shahid Pervez briefing the chair said that 201 schemes of Rs15.15 billion were in progress against which Rs6.9 billion have been released while utilization has been recorded at Rs3.5 billion.

These schemes include establishment of Early Childhood Education Intervention at Hyderabad and Karachi and construction of schools Tharparkar and construction of shelterless schools at disfferent districts such as Jhudo- Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad (rural area),Tando Allahayar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Thatta, Sujawal, Mirpurkhas, Umerekot, Jacobabad, Kashmore and Karachi.

The secretary education said that 60 schemes for which 100 percent allocation has been released =would be completed by June 2019. AT this the chief minister directed him to complete 118 schemes of shelterless schools and other schools which are required to be made functional just with the purchase of furniture. He directed Chairman P&D Mohmmad Waseem to remove these 118 scheme from next ADP.

Secretary College Education Pervez Sihar briefing the chief minister said that 48 schemes of Rs5 billion were in progress, of them Rs2.1 billion has been released against which utilization stands at Rs917 million.

He said that 100 percent funds have been released for 16 schemes, and 50 percent funds of 19 schemes have been provided while quarterly releases are made for rest of the schemes.

These schemes include construction of college buildings  at Qazi Ahmed, establishment of Boys and Degree Colleges at Ubauro, Gadap, provision of furniture for colleges constructed at Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad and Larkana. There are some repair and renovation works of different colleges.

The chief minister directed Minister Education Saradr Shah to personally visit these college schemes and out of 48 compelte 35 by June 2019 because they would be deleted from the next ADP.       

Secretary RDD Hassan Naqvi briefing the chief minister said that 49 schemes of Rs800 million were going on. The finance department has released them Rs660 million, of them only Rs9 million have ben utilized. AT this the chief minister said that despite financial crunch a handsome amount has been released by the finance department but the utilisation unsatisfactory.

These schemes include development of graveyard at Village Sheranpur, Distt Jacobabad, cponstruction some small roads, link roads, culverts, installation of solar tube well etc. The chief minister directed the Secretary RDD to complete 28 schemes by June 2, 2019 and report him.

Mr Hassa Naqvi told the chief minister that PHE depoartment haslaunched 145 schemes of Rs12.7 billion against which Rs4.5 billion have been released while the utilization is Rs1.3 billion.

These schemes include water supply, tube wells, drainage, control of water logging, improvement sewerage discharge, construction drain nalas etc.

The chief minister showed his displeasure on less utilization of the released amount. He directed PHED secretary to complete 26 schemes for which 100 percent allocation has been released. “I would delete these schemes from ADP book in the next budget, therefore they must be completed by June 2019.

The chief minister directed Minister Local Government Ghani to personally visit and comeple schmes of RDD and PHED. Their schemes are most important and need to be completed by the end of this financial year.

Meanwhile, the chief minister urged Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem to send his teams on the on-going school, college, RDD and PHED schemes for their inspection and checking of the quality and keep posting the reports.

Murad Ali Shah said that he would be reviewing ongoing uplift schemes so that they could be completed well in time.

Reception hosted for PSL at Mohatta Palace

Murad says successful PSL proves Pakistan is peaceful

Karachi (March 12): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the successful holding of this and previous PSL proves Pakistan is a peaceful country that has successfully overcome the terror menace that threatened it in recent years.

This he said while speaking at a reception he hosted for PSL teams, owners, and PCB Officials, including chairman.

The reception was attended by Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Humayun Aziz, Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani, AVM Ch. Mohammad Ahsan Rafique, COMKAR Vice Admiral Asif Khalid, provincial minister, MPAs and notable.

The chief minister said that he was happy to welcome all the PSL teams and other guests. He added that cricket was a passion for all Pakistanis. “ Your [players, coaches and other foreigners] presence  in Karachi was the manifestation of your confidence in this city- which is a city of lights, a city of opportunities, a city that promotes and preaches only love and brotherhood,” he said.

Mr Shah said that Karachi is a city cricket lovers. “This PSL fever has now reached an intense pitch where these days we eat, drink and breath cricket, “The successful holding of this and previous PSL proves Pakistan is a peaceful country that has successfully overcome the terror menace that threatened it in recent years,” he said and added “Cricket is sports that transcends borders and reaches out to people everywhere that it is played. The beauty of Cricket is that it loved by young and old alike in Pakistan and all are very passionate about the game.”

The chief minister said that Last year, he had requested the PCB to allow at least one PSL match to be played in Karachi. “The arrangements, the reception and the atmosphere generated by the crowd at that match made it a memorable event,” he said and added as a result, this year the PCB decided to hold five matches in Karachi and finally Karachi was chosen for hosting all the eight matches, including the final.  “This I feel is the result of our hard work last year and Karachi’s passion for cricket,” he said.

He said I hope that the Lahore Qalandars must have enjoyed their visit to Lal Shabaz Qalandar in Sehwan. “I asked them, especially the team management, to visit Sehwan again and hold a talent-hunt camp,” he said.

Mr Shah urged he other PSL teams to hold hunt talent camps in the rural areas in Sindh. “I am sure our youth will not disappoint you and there are many Wasim Akrams, Shahid Afridis and Javed Miandads waiting to be discovered,” he said.

Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani thanked the chief minister for his unflinching support and cooperation. Had the chief minister not taken his personal interest arrangements of the PSL event would have not taken place in the city.

He assured Sindh chief minister that PCB teams would hunt talent in rural areas of Sindh.

On the occasion gifts were given to all players, including 38 foreigners.

Murad wants to launch seven poverty reduction, health programs as part of PPP manifesto

KARACHI (March 7): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that in order to implement PPP election manifesto his government has embarked upon launching new seven different programmes, including poverty reduction, food security, family health, Benazir women agricultural workers programe.

This he disclosed on Thursday while presiding over a high level meeting at CM House. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Minister Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister Agriculture Ismail Rahu, Minister Labour Murtaza Baloch, Minister Local; Government Saeed Ghani, Minister Women Development Shahela Raza, Advisor to CM on Information Murtaza Wahab and concerned secretaries.

The Chief Minister said that Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has directed him to start implementation of election manifesto of the party. “People gave us votes on the manifesto, therefore it must be implemented as approved by them,” he said and added therefore he had convened the meeting to discuss newly proposed programmes for public welfare.

Sindh Chief Minister’s newly appointed Coordinator for Social Protection Mr Haris Gazdar gave a detailed presentation on the proposed programmes. The proposed programmes include Bhook Mitao programme, Family health programme, Maternal and Child Support, Peoples Poverty reduction, Benazir Kissan programme, Benazir Women Agricultural Workers programme and Internship Guarantee Programme.

Bhoot Mitao Programme: Under this programme necessary measures would be taken to provide food security, nutrition and ensure proper pricing of agricultural commodities/crop. Under this programme wheat procurement system would be redesigned and revaped just to give benefit to poor and small farmers.

Family Health: This programme is proposed to be launched by health department under which over health facilities and services would be provided to all people, particularly the poor ones and female. There is also a proposal to issue health card to provide free treatment to all the citizens. This programme will ensure primary health service.

Maternal & Child Support: This programme would be launched by health dept and would cover family planning and provide necessary facilities for maternal and child health. Under this programme there is a proposal to give an amount of money to mothers for certain period and provide health services and develop social protection system.

Peoples Poverty Reduction: Under this programme small-scale livelihood support would be made to rural women. Presently, World Bank supported Sindh Rural Support Organisation is working in selected district and the proposal is widen its scope and impact.

Benazir Kissan: This programme is aimed at streamlining agricultural subsidies, particularly to small farmers.

Benazir Women Agri Workers: Under this programme legal recognition would be given to women agricultural workers so that they can get small agricultural loans and they would also be provided access to services.

Internship Guarantee: Under this programme internship for educated youth, partnership with public/private would be guarantees. The educated rural and urban youth, particularly from non-privileged background would be entitled to take benefit from this programme.

The Chief Minister constituted different groups in health education, health and agriculture sectors under the concerned ministers and secretaries to firm up their recommendations and mechanism for launching these programmes from next year’s budget.

Arrangements for PSL matches staring from March 9 finalized

Murad, PCB Chief agree to hunt talent from rural Sindh, hold one PSL match in Hyderabad next year

KARACHI (March 7): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani who along with his delegation called on him here at the CM House, discussed final arrangements made for Pakistan Super League (PSL) Matches staring from March 9 to 17 in the city.

“There will be foolproof security arrangements for the players and matches in the city and I am sure next time you will bring all PSL matches to Karachi,” Murad Ali Shah said and added he had constituted a committee with Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani as chairman, Home Secretary Kazi Kabir and Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahlwani as its members.

Mr Shah said that the committee has worked day and night to make all the arrangements right from carpeting of the roads, improvement of drainage system, provision of water, security plan, arrangements at the stadium and finalizing routes from airport to hotels and hotels to stadium. “Your [PCB] team also worked with the committee and now everything is upto the mark,” he said.  

The meeting was attended by Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani, Advisor to CM Murtaza Wahab, Home Secretary Kazi Kabir and Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahlwani. The other with the PCB chairman were Sr General Manager National Stadium Arshad Khan and Director International Cricket operation Zakir Khan.

Chairman PCB Ehsan Mandi said, had the chief minister not taken his personal interest, the PSL would not have returned to Karachi even last year. “This is your unflinching support, cooperation and efforts which developed our confidence in the Sindh government and we brought eight matches instead of five to the city,” he told the chief minister.

The chief minister said that last year when PSL matches were held here he had made his personal efforts to make it possible but after that event PCB did not return to him for evolving future strategy to return international cricket and PSL matches, he deplored and added he wanted to hold at least one match in Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, this year.

The chairman PCB vowed to hold a PSL match in Hyderabad next year. “We will work together and plan the future matches just let this event over,” he said. Mr Shah said that after PSL, he and Chairman PCB would visit Niaz Stadium along with concerned experts so that all the requirements for international matches in the stadium could be revamped.

Murad Ali Shah urged the Chairman PCB to bring international cricket matches to Karachi and “I’ll support you whatever the PCB will need,” he said and added “I am ready to create conducive environment in the city for international matches as per SOP of International Cricket but for this purpose the PCB will have to work with him,” he said. Thus, the Chief Minister and the PCB chief agreed to work together for bringing international cricket matches to Karachi.

Mr Shah also complained that the PCB was not hunting talent from rural areas of Sindh. At this the Chairman PCB and Sr GM National Stadium said that they would send their special talent hunting teams to rural areas of the province to select under 13 and 16 players to induct them in PSL and international matches.

The chief minister was told that six PSL teams would play matches in the city and all the tickets for all the matches have been sold out. It was also pointed out that over 50 international players, coaches and commentators were participating in the PSL in the city. “This is a mega event and we all will make it a memorable event,” Murad Shah concluded.

Sindh govt, WB agree to launch $2bn KMC, KWSB reforms projects, Yellow Line project

KARACHI (March 4): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and World Bank high power delegation have, in principle, agreed to start $2 billion projects for Karachi to make the city one of the most developed and beautiful cities of the world.

The projects which came under discussion and were agreed to start include Karachi Urban Mobility project (KUMP) of $400 million dollar; Karachi Water & Sewerage Services Improvement Project (KWSSIP) of $1.6 billion and Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLCK) of $230 m.

The World Bank 16-member team was led by Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan. The other delegates were Senior Director Mr Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Practice Manager David Seth Warren, Operation manager Melinda Good, Program Leader Lixin Gu, Transport Specialist Said Dahdah, Sr Urban Economist Ms. Yoonhee Kim, Sr Water Management Specialist Mr Andreas Rohde and others. The chief minister was supported by Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani, Excise Minister Mukesh Chawla, Transport Minister Awais Qadir Shah, Advior Murtaza Wahab, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary Sajid Jamal Abro, concerned provincial secretaries, MD Water board and others.

Karachi Urban Mobility Project: The KUMP project is aimed at improving urban mobility, especially for women accessibility and road safety. Under this project BRT Yellow Line corridor, including infrastructure rehabilitation and BRTS system to constructed.

The World Bank experts would also undertake capacity building of Sindh Mass Transit Authority (SMTA) to manage all the BRT system. The World Bank would finance rehabilitation of the roads, footpaths and develop other relevant infrastructure.

The chief minister discussed this project with the World Bank team and said Karachi was most beautiful city but its beauty would flourish when its transport system would be established. “We are working on KCR project but even then there is a dire need of urban transport system of BRT,” he said.

The World Bank country director agreed to take up the project and urged the transport department to furnish all the relevant documents, PC-I and other layout plan with them so that it could be sent for final approval from their board.

KWSSIP: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he was wanted to establish KWSB as most efficient, effective and service delivery institution. For the purpose, there is a need of restructuring of water, rehabilitation of its entire water supply and drainage system. To achieve this object the support of the World Bank was required, the chief minister.

The World Bank which under the request of Sindh government has studies the problems of water and have envisages a plan under the name of KWSSIP. The purpose of the program is to provide safe and reliable water and sewerage services and encourage private sector investments on water supply and waste water treatment.

The World Bank experts said that reforms in water board were required in three sectors. First one was raising operational capacity for safe, sustainable and equitable water service deliver to all customers. The second one is restoration of water board’s financial stability and third reform was required in governance and institutional reforms in the water board.

The Sindh government and the World Bank agreed to approve the project for which all legal formalities would be completed within a month and the project would be sent to the World Bank board for approval. The chief minister formed a committee under Chairman P&D Mohammad, MD Water Board Asadullah Khan and PD K-IV Asad Zamin to meet all the requirement of the World Bank and submit them PC-I and other documents.

CLCK: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLCK) project he wanted to enhance urban management and service delivery of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and all DMCs of the city.

The World Bank Country Mr Illangovan said that his team has already worked on the project and have prepared a design features for [erformance based block grant. The plan calls for incentivizing institutional performance and improvement for KMC and DMcs. The performance-based block grants to be used for capital investment program for KMC and DMCs. Local government department would also be provided technical support.

Institutional reforms would be introduced in KMC and in all six DMCs. Property Tax survey would be conducted and all the payments, including salaries, receipts of local taxes, property tax and payment of bills etc would be made electronically. All the manual system would be replaced with digital/electronic system.

The project was approved in principal and would be placed in the World Bank board for final approval.

The chief minister and the World Bank set deadlines for completion of documentation for all the three projects. They are for CLICK by early April, KWSSIP by the end of March and KUMP by end of March.