KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has directed all the administrative secretaries of Sindh government to expedite the pace of development works, ensure full utilisation of their annual allocations, complete their development schemes within stipulated period and submit complete reports of the vacancies of their respective departments within a week time. He said that the matter of appointments in the Education and Local Government beyond the strength would be taken and decided in the next Cabinet meeting. This he directed, while presiding over the meeting of all Administrative Secretaries of Government of Sindh at CM House on Thursday.
Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Arif Ahmed Khan, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah and all the administrative secretaries attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting the CM said that providing basic facilities, generating employment opportunities for people, alleviating poverty from the society and maintaining the law and order were the prime responsibilities of the government, whereas officers had to implement the policies and directives. He said that whosoever was neglecting the orders and duties would face the music. The CM also directed the officers to avoid getting their postings through influence, as he (CM) believes in merit and performance, while posting an officer on the important post. He said that he himself had earned the confidence of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto by implementing this principle, while delivering his duties as federal minister of different portfolios including the portfolio of Federal Minister of Establishment.
The CM said that here he has called this meeting to ascertain the performance of last 7 months of this government with reference to development works and to know job vacancies available in different government departments. He said that during his last tenure as many as 200,000 youth were provided direct and indirect jobs, who and their families reciprocally elected this Government. He said that keeping in view the past experience in development works this financial year 2013-14, the total development outlay of Rs 165 billion has been fixed, of which 50 percent was released during the first 6 months.
Speaking about the criticism from various quarters, including media, Qaim said that it might be because of lack of proper publicity.
He said that performances of each department must be highlighted for the information of common man. The CM said that Health, Education, and Local Government were the most important departments to ensure at least basic facilities to the people at their doorstep, but instead people still lack proper facilities, for which officers of the department concerned were accountable to the government and people.
The Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Arif Ahmed Khan said that the impression of certain elements about slow pace of development work was not true.
Basing his explanation on amount of money spent, Khan said that of the total development outlay of Rs 165 billion, Rs 80 billion were during the 1st half of FY. The departments concerned have used Rs 41 billion, which stands at 53 percent of the released amount.
Comparing the performance with Punjab, he said the situation was much better than the other provinces in some sectors.
He said that due to transactional problem in the 1st half of the FY, the utilisation of development funds remained slow, but it should improve from January to May, traditionally the pace of development works is always accelerated and speedy during the second half of the FY.
The secretary finance, while presenting comparative statement for the utilisation of development funds said that as compared to Rs 33.5 billion, 9.4 percent of total outlay released in first 6 months of FY 2011-12, we have released about 50 percent, ie Rs 80 billion in the first 6 months of FY 2013-14, out of which more than Rs 41 billion so far has been consumed.
Talking about the improved performance, he credited the department for doing well, despite experiencing shortfall of Rs 66 billion, of which Rs 46 billion was owed by Federal government and Rs 20 billion by Sindh government revenue organisations. The CM said that the proper working strength and skilled manpower was also essential to get desired and designed results from government organisations. He directed that all administrative secretaries must go through their sanctioned working strength and submit vacancies to him within a week's time. He said that positions from BPS-16 and above must be filled through Public Service Commission whereas from BPS-1 to 15 purely on merit basis through recruitment committees.
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