Substantial development funds earmarked for minorities: Qaim

KARACHI: Substantial development funds have been earmarked this year especially for minorities, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah at a meeting regarding resolving the problems of minorities and to mark the World Minorities Day said.
He asked the minorities MPAs to submit their schemes to the Deputy Commissioners concerned without further delay. He directed the Inspector General of Sindh Police to prepare fool proof security plan to protect the lives and prosperities of minorities.
Constituting a high profile investigation team headed by DIG Hyderabad Sanaullah Abbasi with SSP Matiari Badin and other efficient police officer he directed for arrest of the culprits involved into the murder of two Hindu brothers without further delay.
Qaim said PPP was representing all minority communities in Pakistan and Sindh especially who according to him has always voted to PPP despite of various difficulties.
He said PPP to reciprocate the minorities and to protect their constitutional rights, lives and prosperities and to work for their social as well as cultural promotion.
He said security to minority was most important factor at present, as such he has approved a schemes for installation of Close Circuit Television Cameras at all important worship places at its estimated cost of Rs 220 million.
He said as many as Rs 423 million were utilised by the minorities for their development activates last financial year and substantial amount has also been earmarked this year as well.
Besides, the development schemes recommended by the minorities’ public representatives are also being carried out from the regular budget.
He said at least Rs 20 million would be made available to each division for development of minority’s schemes and in addition district development committees have also been formed to identify the development schemes without any discrimination and to implement same from the total district development outlay of Rs 25 billion.
He said development schemes benefiting to the minorities could also be included in this portfolio of the development. He said in addition to development budget of minorities an amount of Rs 100 million has also been provided for the medical aid, scholarship, and financial aid for dowry to the deserving person of the minorities.
Qaim said soon after the incident of two murders of Hindu Community, he ordered IG Sindh Police for early arrest of the culprits and they took action but still they were not come on conclusion.
Endorsing demand of member National Assembly and head of PPP Women Wing Faryal Talpur he recommended for the providing 2 ambulances to the Ministry of Minorities affairs for transporting the patients and dead bodies from Karachi/Hyderabad to the for flung areas of Tharparkar/Umerkot and vise versa.
The meeting decided federal government would be approached to transfer of the enemy property mostly fallen in the district Tharparkar to the provincial government so that same could be distributed among the occupant farmers, having their names in the Khasra (record of cultivation).
It was decided a bill would be tabled in the Sindh Assembly to pass an act to replace the word of scheduled cast in to non-Muslims in the official correspondence to avoid sense of deprivations from minorities.
It was decided 5 percent minorities’ quota for the government job would be implemented in letter and spirit. And minority’s youth would be recruited in the police force.
Faryal Talpur directed a delegation comprising PPP public representatives should visit the victim family of two Hindu brothers to consol and assured PPP to provide justice to them.
The acting I G Sindh Police informed the meeting the investigation into the murders of two Hindu brothers was in progress and 13 suspected people have been arrested. He said some clues have been identified and very soon culprits put behind the bar.

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