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MDP for all districts in Sindh prepared: ‘Sindh to achieve status of mass consumption level by 2025’

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KARACHI: Master Development Plan (MDP) for all districts in Sindh has been prepared and being incorporated in the Vision 2025 Action Plan.Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah said economically Sindh province would achieve the status of mass consumption level by 2025 if Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) continued in power.He said planning for self sufficiency in energy production, ensure qualitative education, health, safe drinking water to all, making Sindh free from Malaria, Hepatitis, Tuberculoses and other fatal disease besides ensuring the conservation and increase quantum of irrigation water, development of agriculture and its associated components for food security through modernised system and have industrial development in public private sector, effective communication system and empowerment of woman, income and employment opportunities and social justice to all 2025 has been made under Vision 2025 programme.Presiding over the meeting to review the DAP for Vision 2025 he said government was already implementing many plans and projects for the general employment and empowerment of woman and the result of these could be witnessed from whole Sindh especially at Jacobabad and Shikarpur districts, where thousands of women have been economically empowered through their skill development. Woman folk contributes 50 percent workforce for nation building but it always has been deprived. He said Sindh was the only province, where government has provided 25 acres of land to landless women farmers and financially strengthened this segment of society through income supplement programmes.Sindh is blessed with huge natural resources, which are yet to be exploited for the development of the nation and he hoped Vision 2025 would provide the full opportunities to exploit these resources for progress and prosperity.Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Mohammad Wasim briefed the meeting about DAP, which were incorporated into Vision 2025 and being conceived by federal government.        Currently Sindh is facing the challenges, including energy crises, high population growth rate, poverty and unemployment, low literacy rate, malnutrition, social, economic gender at regional disparity, water shortage and power, law and order, lack of human resources and drastic change in natural climates.  Government of Sindh is cognisant of these challenges and has planned not only to resolve these challenges but to achieve more development in these areas by exploiting the resources and capitalising on the opportunities with thrust on resource mobilisation, realignment of development priorities and government reforms.He said even at present Sindh contributes over all 68 percent taxes to federation, 40 percent of country’s electricity and produces 72 percent gas in addition to have 175 billion tonnes of coal reserves in Tharparkar, wind corridor at Thatta district to generate 60,000 megawatts (mw) electricity in addition to have renewable energy sources.  He said planning has been made to produce 15,000 to 20,000 mw energy, enhance 80 percent to 90 percent agricultural production, construct 100 small dams, convert 3,000 tube wells to solar energy, improve additional 17,000 watercourses, replace old irrigation infrastructure and lining of canals, introduce mechanised farming, establishment of agro-export processing zones, agro based industrial zones and value addition in fruits and vegetables besides rehabilitation of infrastructure of existing 8 Sindh Industrial Trading Estates.The development of more industrial estates, promote small medium enterprises, establishing fluent treatment plants and textile and cottage industries, increasing grass production and generating income and employment opportunities at maximum level are also included.He said installation of Reverse Osmosis in thousands number and increasing the capacity of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board from 1,200 cusec to 2,400 cusec od water and above has planned to insure supply of safe drinking water to 100 percent people besides increasing the capacity of water supply system in all towns and cities in Sindh has also been planned.The development of agriculture, industrial and social sectors programmes for empowerment of woman has been included in to the action plan to eradicate gender gap. He said providing efficient transport facilities through Bus Rapid Transit, Karachi Circular Railway projects and placing other modern buses in all cities is essential.  He said access to standard education and health facilities to each citizen and to attend 100 percent literacy rate was also part of planning.

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