Sindh cabinet okays to assess losses of life, property, crops, road network, drainage system

Karachi, August 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Provincial Cabinet has directed district administration across the province to start assessment of losses of life, houses, crops, road network and sewerage system so that the federal government could be approached to compensate the affected people. The chief minister directed the local government department to get all the damaged roads, sewerage lines of Karachi and other districts repaired. He took this decision while presiding over a cabinet meeting here at CM House. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, advisors, Special Assistants, chief secretary, chairman P and D and other concerned officers.

Losses/damages: The cabinet was told that the heavy monsoon rains had caused havoc in the city and rural areas of the province. CM Advisor on Agriculture Manzoor Wassan said that date-crops were almost ready to harvest but heavy rains washed it away in Khairpur and caused a loss of billions of rupees to the date growers. He also took up the issue of damage caused to other Kharif crops in the province. The chief minister, on the recommendation of the cabinet, directed all the deputy commissioners across the province to assess the losses, including lives, katcha and pacca houses, road network, drainage and sewerage system so that the federal government could be approached for grant of compensation. He added that his government would also help the affected people from its resources.

Madaris/school board: the cabinet approved a proposal to constitute a seven-member management board under the secretary school education to run 53 educational institutions, including 31 schools and 22 Madaris taken over by the government in compliance with FATF terms. Minister Education Sardar Shah told the cabinet that his department has taken steps to oversee the management of all the taken over educational institutions.

He added that the administrators have been appointed to run the madares. The management board has been assigned to run the taken over educational institutions. At the outset of the meeting, the cabinet members expressed sorrow over the incident of an army helicopter. The cabinet also offered fateh for the people who lost their lives in Sindh Balochistan during the heavy rains.

Peoples Bus Service Routes: The cabinet was told that the roads and drainage system of all the seven routes of Peoples Bus Service was damaged at different locations. The repair of roads and drainage systems would help smooth operation of the newly launched bus service. The cabinet approved a Rs1.5 billion fund for the repair works to be carried out through KMC, KDA and water board.

Village solarization: The cabinet approved a proposal of the Energy department to provide alternate energy solutions like Solar PV Technology for solarization of the villages. Minister Energy Imtiaz Shaikh briefing the cabinet said that a mini/micro grids, Solar Home systems would be established to provide electricity to the villages under village electrification plan. Mr Shaikh said that the solarization of the villages would be a quick and economical solution for village electrification. The cabinet approved the proposal and the CM directed the energy department to pre-qualify the firms on divisional level to undertake solarization of the villages which have no electricity.

Land allotted: The cabinet on the request of an NGO, Children of Adam approved allotment of 10-acres land for establishment of Neuro Psychiatric Center at Deh konkar, Karachi. The price fixation committee had fixed the market price of the land at Rs13 million per acre, but the cabinet approved it at 50 percent of the market price – means Rs6.5 million per acre.

Hyderabad Press club land: Minister Information told the cabinet that 75-acre land was given to Hyderabad Press club. He added that the club body has requested that the CVT, registration fees and other taxes may be exempted. At this Minister Revenue Makhdoom Mahboob said that there was no provision to grant exemption. He proposed that the cabinet may give a grant to the Press club for payment of their taxes which the cabinet approved.

The cabinet approved the rules of Sindh Public Service Commission (Functions) 2022. Operation against fake number plates: The Cabinet taking serious notice of the vehicles [cars, luxury vehicles) plying on fake number plates of Sindh government and Sindh police on the road directed the Excise and taxation department to start a crackdown against such vehicles. The department would impound such vehicles and take strict action against the owners of the vehicles.

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