HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has always worked to strengthen democracy in the country and would continue it as the only way to steer the country out of crises.
We want all institutions to work within their parameters, he said at tan iftar dinner hosted by PPP Hyderabad chapter.
He said the nation saluted the Army Jawans, who were sacrificing their lives for the country in fight against terrorists. He said Sindh government had donated Rs 150 million for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. PPP had also extended financial support to the IDPs. He said the Sindh government had established camps to monitor the entry of IDPs into the province.
He said PPP had the credit to impose tax on services, which enabled the Sindh government to collect Rs 45 billion. Earlier Sindh was transferred Rs 4 billion from federal divisional pool as share of taxes on services.
He said the government had surplus stock of rice, cotton and wheat, which could be exported to earn foreign exchange after fulfilling requirements at home.
Expressing concerns over shortage of water and sanitation in Hyderabad, he said all the issues would be resolved and officers in all departments including Hyderabad Development Authority and Water and Sanitation Agency would be held accountable.
The people pay bills to these bodies, but amount was not transferred to Water and Power Development Authority and other organisations, which was a serious issue, he said.
The government was trying to reduce unemployment and poverty in the province and in this regard various schemes of development would be started in August, Qaim added.
Former provincial Minister Zahid Hussain Bhurgari said there was issue of water shortage, traffic and load shedding in Hyderabad and adjoining areas.
Meanwhile Qaim announced a grant of Rs 500 million for launching of two separate development schemes of Taluka Qasimabad of Hyderabad district. A grant of Rs 350 million would be provided for launching of a project of safe drinking water for the residents of Hussainabad and Rs 150 million for de-silting, repair and maintenance of Saeed Khan channel. Addressing area people at native village of Sindh Minister for Fisheries Jam Khan Shoro Qaim said the PPP government was making sincere efforts for poverty alleviation and created ten thousands new job opportunities for jobless youth of the province.
On the directives of the PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief Minister informed all out efforts were being made for poverty alleviation and uplift of the socio-economic condition of the common people.
He hoped by completion of the projects of safe drinking water as well as de-silting, repair and maintenance of the channel, the outstanding demands of the residents of the area would be fulfilled.
KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Saturday kept its policy rate unchanged at 10 percent ...