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CS reviews smart-lockdown, locust situation

July 9, 2020

KARACHI:Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah presided over an important meeting on Thursday to review the situation regarding the implementation of smart lockdown, anti-locust operation, price-control and monsoon contingency plan.

The meeting also discussed the continued load shedding of the electricity across the Sindh province. Additional Chief Secretary Home Muhammad Usman Chachar, Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi, Secretaries of Rehabilitation, Public Health Engineering and Agriculture Departments, Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners attended the meeting through the video link.

The Divisional Commissioners briefed the meeting about smart lockdown in their respective Divisions and stated that several shops were sealed and fines were imposed by SHOs for violating the SOPs. They further told that an amount of Rs.6.1 million was recovered as fine from traders selling commodities at exorbitant rates.

Chief Secretary directed all the Deputy Commissioners to launch ‘Wear a Mask’ drive in their respective districts to make the people bound for wearing the face mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19 spread. Taking notice of public complaints regarding milk price hike in Karachi, Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah directed the Commissioner Karachi to control the milk prices by taking action jointly with Sindh Food Authority.

In view of monsoon rains, the Chief Secretary directed the Divisional Commissioners to devise contingency plans and increase the dewatering pumps to avert flooding in low-lying areas. He also directed the officials of KE, HESCO and SEPCO to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the rains so that the rainwater could be drained out.

Chief Secretary sought the report from all the Deputy Commissioners regarding power load shedding in their districts, who informed that the prolonged load shedding is order of the day and all the towns and villages remain without electricity for several hours.

Secretary Public Health Engineering informed that his department is inviting tenders for making the RO plants operational. Secretary Agriculture told that fumigation is carried out wherever the locust is reported. Chief Secretary directed all the officers to launch tree plantation drive the monsoon rains.

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