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SA announces formation of 37 standing committees

* Members discuss water scarcity in Karachi
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KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) on Monday announced the formation of 37 standing committees. Sindh Minister Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikandar Mendhro presented several motions regarding formation of committees and the House unanimously approved these motions.
The names of the heads of these committees would be announced in due course of time through agreeable formula.
There was acute shortage of water in Karachi and hundreds of small land big hydrants were operating in city under the umbrella of water mafia, members SA informed House.
Two bills regarding Sindh Shaheed Recognition and Compensation Bill 2014 and Sindh Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers, Amendment Bill 2014’ were tabled.
The first bill is aiming to honour and recognise the services of a person (s) sacrifice life in terrorism activity while performing duty and to provide compensation to their legal heirs in the province of Sindh.
The second bill is regarding to amend the Sindh Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers) Act 2009.
During Call Attention Notice Kamran Akhter of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) said there was acute shortage of water in Karachi especially in district West and Central. Hydrant mafia operating hundreds of small and big hydrants is ruling the city.
Replying to notice Sharjeel Inam Memon Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government admitted there were illegal hydrants working in different areas of city especially in Manghopir Area.
I have written letters to chief secretary Sindh, IG police Sindh and other officials seeking force for operation against these hydrants, said minister.
He said Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) was devastated in Pervez Musharraf’s era. Around Rs 700 million are KWSB’s billing amount and only around Rs 400 million recovers. Out of this around Rs 300 million goes in salaries, he informed.
He said there was surplus hiring in Musharraf’s era. Many employees were still getting salaries without attending office. He suggested formation of a committee consisting of Assembly members to identify such people and remove them from service.
At this point MQM members objected minister was not responding to the particular issue, which was raised. Minster said the short supply of water in Central and West areas was due to low-level water in Hub Dam.
Dr Sikandar Mendhro also presented a report regarding nine-month expenditures of Sindh budget 2013-14. The report contains the details of income and expenditures besides development and non-development expenditures. He informed the House five days would be fixed to debate on the report.
On a privilege motion from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPA Khurram Sher Zaman, Dr Mendhro assured opposition benches chief minister would be consulted regarding the release of Rs 40 million from development funds for each Assembly member under development schemes.
The committees made are: Public Accounts Committee; Rules of Procedure and Privileges Committee; Finance Committee; Committee on Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights; Committee on School Education (up to matriculation); Committee on Mines and Minerals; Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives; Committee on Population Welfare; Committee on Auqaf, Religious Affairs, Zakat and Ushr; Committee on Revenue, Land Utilisation and Relief and Rehabilitation; Committee on Services, General Administration and Coordination Department (Services, GA, I and C and IPC wings); Committee on Social Welfare; Committee on Special Education; Committee on Sports and Youth Affairs; Committee on Transport and Mass Transit; Committee on Women Development; Committee on Energy; Committee on Katchi Abadis (Slums); Committee on Minorities Affairs; Committee on Government Assurances; Committee on Agriculture; Committee on Industries and Commerce; Committee on Works and Services; Committee on Cooperatives; Committee on Culture, Tourism and Antiquities; Committee on Higher, Technical Education and Research, School Education (up to matriculation) and Special Education; Committee on Forest, Wildlife and Environment; and Committee on Excise, Taxation and Narcotics.
Parliamentary leader of Pakistan Muslim League (F) protested over the sale of sleepers (chappal) bearing the ‘Om’ Hindus symbol in Mirpurkhas.
He said this was conspiracy against the Hindus. “The government should take action and seal factories and shops involved in this business.”
Sharjeel Memon informed the House that he had directed the commissioner and DIG of Mirpurkhas to launch an operation against the makers and sellers of these footwear.
Sharjeel said IG Sindh has constituted a committee regarding the missing of five MQM workers. The committee is working on the basis of information and evidences. He assured the people held by police or Rangers would be presented before the courts. Later the House was adjourned till Tuesday (today).

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