Qaim terms provincial budget ‘poor-friendly’

*CM says no discrimination in funds allocation * Development projects underway in rural areas

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday said that they had not only given a realist budget but it was poor-friendly too.Concluding the general debate in Sindh Assembly he said, “Making a budget is not an easy task and it needs talent; however, Sindh possesses this talent.” He said maintaining peace, and protecting the life and property of citizens is the basic responsibility of the government. He said the law and order went deteriorating after the 9/11, and they ‘inherited’ this lawlessness. He said the Supreme Court of Pakistan had summoned Sindh inspector general of police and he gave statement before the court that there were political appointments in Sindh Police. He said they had not recruited these police officers but only cops and they also gave them training and made rapid taskforces and elite taskforces from these cops. He said, “The target killings have gone down by 65 percent and the crimes of extortion and kidnapping for ransom have also decreased.” Chief minister said they have arrested many terrorists and if there were dumps of illegal arms in Karachi, his government was not responsible for them. He said Rangers had given very good results.Shah said there were only two kidnapped persons in district Shikarpur and two or three in district Khairpur, who would soon be recovered. He said there were no kidnapped persons in districts of Larkana and Kambar-Shahdadkot. He said his government has taken a lot of steps to improve healthcare. “A liver transplant hospital is being set up in Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT) this year,” he added. He said they had upgraded five district and 39 Taluka headquarters’ hospitals. He said to end the complaint of medicine shortage their government had set up a medicine procurement board headed by Professor Adibul Hassan Rizvi. He claimed that in past Nazims had ruined education and healthcare sector. He said, “we have given a lot of funds to Karachi and in past we paid Rs 1 billion per month for the salaries of district city government employees who were recruited despite ban on recruitment”. He said, “We are still paying Rs 6 billion per year to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).” He said ample funds were allocated for mega schemes of S-3 and K-4. He said it would take time to run the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), but they were bringing buses that would run on inter-district routes. He said a lot of reverse osmosis (RO) plants had been installed in Thar and other areas to provide clean drinking water to people and many more such plants would be installed in future. Qaim Ali Shah said, “His government is ready for local government elections.” He said he had given medical, engineering and agriculture colleges to district Khairpur. He said their government was also establishing 30 new colleges in the province. He said his government was not against the entry of internal displaced people (IDPs), rather it was taking precautionary steps to stop entry of terrorists in the province. He announced Rs 50 million for the IDPs. He said the IDPs with valid national identity cards were allowed to come in Sindh. He said, “His government believes in equal development of rural and urban areas.” He said they do not believe in the rural-urban discrimination. He said due to better policies in agriculture Sindh was now a wheat surplus province and they were developing Thar coal. “They have already made Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas dual carriage road on public-private partnership with a Korean firm which is a success story,” he continued. 

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