Sindh cabinet approves Rs3.3bn for repair of school buildings

KARACHI: The Provincial Caretaker cabinet of Sindh in over two hours of sitting discussed 24 agenda items and took important decisions including recruiting Assistant Sub-inspectors (ASIs) through a public service commission and obtaining a Rs11.97 billion loan f to execute flood protection Sector projects approved Rs357 million for rangers to strengthen its capacity.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Justice (R) Maqbool Baqar at CM House on Friday. The provincial ministers, chief secretary Dr Fakhre Alam, Chairman P&D Shakil Mangnejo, Advocate General Hassan Akbar and concerned secretary attended the meeting.

Schools meant for polling stations: The school education dept told the Cabinet that deputy commissioners and executive engineers of concerned districts conducted the identification of schools to be used as polling stations for the provision of missing facilities.

The committees identified 9901 schools, including 1,015 in Karachi, 4520 in Hyderabad and 4,366 in Sukkur which needed to be repaired along with provision of missing facilities. The budget proposed for repairing and maintaining 9901 schools has been worked out at Rs3.3 billion. The cabinet approved the proposal.

ASI qualification & Recruitment: The home dept briefing the cabinet said that the Police Department has sent a requisition for general recruitment against 1046 posts of ASIs through the Sindh Public Service Commission

The Provincial Cabinet Sindh in its meeting on 29-05-2001 decided intermediate as the basic educational qualification for recruitment to the post of ASIs and since then the recruitment to the post of ASI has been carried out on an Intermediate basis .

It was pointed out that under the "Sindh Police (Shaheed, Deceased, permanently invalidated or incapacitated quota) Recruitment Rules 2021, the requisite qualification for the post of ASIs is Graduation while under the cabinet decision of May 29, 2001, the requisite qualification is second-class intermediate.

The cabinet fixed the standard of qualification for ASI as Graduation and their recruitment would be made through Sindh Public Service Commission.

Pakistan Rangers: The home department told the cabinet that Pakistan Rangers have requested for provision of Rs357 million for upgrading riot control measures by equipping them with water cannons, quick response force vehicles and reliable communication equipment.

The cabinet discussed the matter and approved the funds to strengthen the operational capacity of Rangers in the province.

Frontier Constabulary: The cabinet was told that the federal government has claimed liabilities relating to the deployment of Frontier Constabulary in SIndh from 2005 to 2008 in aid to civil administration for maintenance of law and order.

The amount claimed by the federal govt includes Rs149,563,697 pay and allowances Rs77,340,849 and Rs77,340,849 for Internal duty. The total amount comes to Rs226.902 million. The cabinet approved the amount to clear the liability.

Compensation to Gorano project affected persons: The energy department told the cabinet that with the development of Thar Coal Block-II, 757 families were affected. The cabinet had approved compensation for the affected families at Rs100,000 for each affected family of Gorano project per annum in 2029. The cabinet had also decided to release Rs900 million for 757 families to the Thar Foundation. It was pointed out that after verification 501 families were identified instead of 757.

The cabinet was told that in 202-21 Rs50.1 million were disbursed and Rs27.4 million were in balance. In 2021-22 Rs50.1 million were released/disbursed. An amount of Rs32.883 million is still in balance, including Rs5.483 million profit from the bank. This year, 2023-24, Rs51.159 are to be disbursed among the affected families against which Rs32.883 million is in balance and Rs18.216 million are shortfall. The cabinet approved Rs18.216 million (shortfall) outside the budget so that compensation could be paid to the affected people of Gorano Reservoir project.

The cabinet was told that Rs18.216 million were required to disburse the compensation during 2023-24.

LDA: The caretaker cabinet was told that the Larkana Development Authority (LDA) was dissolved in October 2023. The cabinet decided that the employees of the defunct LDA would be sent to a surplus pool being created in the Local government department which would absorb them in its different wings when and if any post(s) fell vacant, preferably in their parent district.

Land allotted for Rehabilitation Center: On the request of the health dept the cabinet approved the allotment of three-acre land in Deh Nando Kohistan District Sukkur free of cost. On the land, the health department would establish a satellite centre of Sindh Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Reconstitution of Board: The cabinet was told that the tenure of the Board of Governors Public School, Hyderabad has expired in August 2023. Therefore, on the recommendation of the school education dept reconstituted the Board of Governors of the school with Commissioner Hyderabad as its chairman while additional secretaries (each one from the school education and Finance dept), director of school education, chairman educational board, Hyderabad, principal public school would officialmembers. Tariq Shah Jamote, Aajiz Dhamrah, Justice (R ) Humayoon Khan, Professor Fateh Muhammad Marri and Ramsha Talpur will be non-official members.

BoD: The provincial cabinet discussed two names for Directors of M/s Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company. The nomination of Asif Haider Mirza (CFA) was approved for Director SECMC while the name of Liaquat Ali would be considered after the provision of his biodata to the cabinet members. Chairman P&D Shakil Mangnejo would be ex-officio Director and act as Chairman of the Board.

The caretaker cabinet granted permission to Engro Powergen Thar (pvt) Ltd to connect its two Coal-fired Power plants, each one of 330 MW, at Thar Coal Block-II, with Earth. Rules: The cabinet approved the Sindh Shaheed Recognition and Compensation Rules 2023.