Sindh govt restores subsidy of KW&SB, WASA Hyderabad

KARACHI: Sindh government decided to restore subsidy to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) and Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Hyderabad in the head of their power consumption.
Establishing separate head of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) for all water supply and drainage units working in the rest of Sindh is on cards.
Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah directed these departments to ensure prompt and efficient deliveries to the citizen.
Presiding over the meeting regarding reviewing the performance and bottle necks of Local Government Department Qaim said Local Government Department being a basic services providing organisation has much importance and it should be strengthened to deliver the people up to their expectations.
He said Sindh government in principle has decided to provide subsidy to the KW&SB and WASA Hyderabad to supplement their electric expenditure but strict reforms and revamping of these organisations was needed to put them on self-reliance. 
He constituted 3 members committee comprising Secretary Finance, Secretary Local Government and Secretary Energy to co-ordinate with K-Electric and Hyderabad Electric Supply Company to reconcile outstanding of KW&SB and WASA Hyderabad and issue the payment.
He directed the officers of these organisations to improve their recovery plug their leakages and make an effective mechanism to resolve their problem of over staffing in congenial manner.
While discussing the problems of water supply and drainage system in other districts and towns of Sindh, Qaim directed the officers concerned to establish separate head of O&M to keep these units in working condition and enable these to cater the needs of the people up to their expectation.
He framed another committee comprising on the representatives of Local Government and Finance Department for evolving mechanism for efficient utilization of the budget of town committees, municipal committee and to ensure efficient deliveries to the citizens.
The Sindh Minister for Local Govt Sharjeel Inam Memon informed the meeting he was introducing on strict and effective audit system within the Local Government Department to ensure efficient utilisation of the funds and hopefully the result would be encouraging.
The Secretary Local Government informed the meeting HESCO authorities had issued outstanding bill of Rs 7,680 million against the 172 connections of WASA Hyderabad but after verification and reconciliation claimed amount proved Rs 2,364.477 million against the only 102 existing connections till October 2012.
He said government of Sindh had paid Rs 874.928 million to HESCO while outstanding against 26 connections amounting Rs 1371.544 million was still in disputed.

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