City’s overall situation improving after rains: Nasir Hussain Shah

Karachi, July 28, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said on Tuesday that the real public representatives were those who live among the people on the streets of the city and fight for their problems, Karachi’s record-breaking rains proved Who has the pain of the people and who is being intimidated by the public reaction.

Shah was on an emergency visit to the city on Tuesday morning in which he was accompanied by Secretary Local Government Roshan Sheikh and a large number of media representatives. Shah had been visiting various underpasses, drains, main highways and checkpoints of the city since morning where he appreciated the performance of the staff engaged in the relief work and later issued necessary orders.

Talking to media persons, Shah said that the overall situation of the city is improving and a large number of choking points and storm drains have been cleared. In response to a question, Shah said that the developed countries of the world are also vulnerable to natural storms and floods. Let’s just say, Karachi which is located on the beach, a coastal, densely populated city with numerous slums and suburban settlements in the past. The problems of this city are as complex as the population.

The Sindh government, along with the city’s elected local government leadership, had taken emergency measures before the monsoon arrived, but some delays in cleaning the drains were due to late receipt of funds from the World Bank. We had entrusted the entire task of cleaning the drains to Mayor Karachi Wasim and Project Director Click Zubair Channa, which was largely successful.

The provincial minister admitted that some areas of the city were affected by urban flooding, but Nasir Shah said that the settlements that were flooded were actually the settlements on the west side of the city. Water flows downhill from the hills of Manghopir and Qasba Colony.

In this whole process where the Water Board, Solid Waste Management Board, DMCs, KMC and other agencies were involved in relief activities, the role of welfare agencies cannot be denied. “The Sindh government is using all its resources and manpower for the welfare of the people, but we appeal to our people to cooperate with us. If the opponents cannot help, at least do not create an atmosphere of fear. We Will together clean and maintain the Karachi.”

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Nasir Hussain Shah accompanied by Education Minister Saeed Ghani visit coastal areas of Thatta and inspected the mangrove forests

Karachi, July 19, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Information, Forests and Wildlife Syed Nasir Hussain Shah accompanied by Education Minister Saeed Ghani visited the coastal areas of Thatta and inspected the mangrove forests. He was accompanied by Local Government Secretary Roshan Ali Sheikh and Forest Secretary Abdul Rahim Soomro, Officers of Forest Department and concerned district administration were also present.

The two ministers inaugurated the monsoon tree planting campaign by planting mangroves on the shores of Kati Bandar. In their speeches, they said that mangrove forests help in protecting beaches, protecting cities from hurricanes, protecting aquatic life and nurturing their species.

They said that Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has special instructions to increase the forest cover not only in the coasts but also in the cities. Large urban forests are being planted for which the officials of Sindh Forest Department are working day and night. Special measures have also been taken for the protection and irrigation of the urban forests to be planted. They will be very helpful in reducing heat and removing environmental pollution.

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Mukesh Kumar Chawala inaugurates Excise and Taxation office building

Karachi, July 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawala said on Tuesday that Sindh Excise and Taxation was an important component of Sindh government and playing a key role in collecting taxes and taking effective measures against drug peddlers across the Sindh province.

It is a matter of great satisfaction that despite hard time due to coronavirus, Sindh ET Department had achieved more than 100% tax target during fiscal year 2019-20. This he said while talking to media after inaugurating new building of Director General ET and NC at II Chundrigar Road Karachi. On this occasion, Secretary Excise and Taxation and Narcotics Control Abdul Haleem Shaikh, Director General ET and NC Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, MD SPPRA Abdul Rahim Shaikh and other directors were also present.

Earlier, Chawala inaugurated the new building. He also visited the various parts of the building and appreciated the working environment there. He said that when in 2008, Pakistan Peoples Party assumed the government in Sindh, the total tax collection was Rs7.29 billion and during fiscal year 2019-20, the tax collection was more than Rs80 billion. He said Sindh Excise and Taxation Department would launch smart card having multiple security features, within couple of weeks.

He said that Sindh Excise Department was the second largest tax collecting agency after SBR. Addressing the officers in conference hall, Chawala asked them to work hard and get their tax targets on time besides collecting taxes.

At arrival, Abdul Haleem Shaikh and Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui welcomed Chawala and briefed him about the performance of the department. Chawala lauded the performance of the officers and officials and expressed his hope that they would continue to perform their duties in the same spirit. DG Excise Taxation and Narcotics Control Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui told that a facilitation centre would also be established to facilitate the tax payers.

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In order to face expected heavy rains, all the stakeholders are on one page: Nasir Hussain Shah

Karachi, July 06, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said that in order to face the expected heavy rains, all the stakeholders are on one page. He expressed his views while meeting various delegations at his residence Ali House Karachi. Shah said that overcoming the difficult situation during and after the rains was a tough task for them, but through combined and coordinated efforts of all the DMCs, KMC, water Board, Cantonment and DHA, success would be achieved. He said that on the instructions of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and CM Sindh, extraordinary measures had been taken in order to save the people from any difficulty or problem.

The LG Minister said that K-Electric had been requested to provide the uninterrupted supply during the rains and all the pumping stations of water board must be declared load-shedding free. All the municipal staff had been directed to present on their duties without any leave or excuse as no leniency would be given to anyone on the matter of public safety, he said. Shah asserted that the process of drains cleaning must be continued without delay, all the de-watering machines should be kept ready and special consideration shall be given to sensitive choking points and underpasses.

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2,200 doctors to be recruited through Sindh Public Service Commission

Karachi, June 29, 2020 (PPI-OT): Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah and Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho co-chaired a high-level meeting of Sindh Health Department here on Monday. The meeting was attended by the Secretary Finance Syed Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi and Vice Chancellor Dow University of Health and Science Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed Qureshi and others officers have attended the meeting.

The meeting discussed various issues of health department including release of salaries of newly appointed medical officers, staff nurses, lab technologist and lab technicians, release of funds in favour of Child Life Foundation, release of funds for Trauma Centre, release of Funds of Medical Universities, recruitment of new doctors and expansion of HDUs and ICUs of the province.

The Chief Secretary Sindh while speaking during the meeting said that the Sindh Government has given priority to the health sector in the 2020-21 budget. He directed the Secretary Finance to release withheld funds to the medical universities of Sindh and the Thalassemia centers. The meeting also decided to release salaries to medical officers, staff nurses, lab technologist and lab technicians who were appointed for 89 days in wake of the Covid-19.

The Chief Secretary also directed the secretary health to move a summary to Sindh Public Service Commission for the recruitment of more 2,200 doctors. The Chief Secretary Sindh also directed Health Secretary to write the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to increase the number of technician seats in the medical universities and colleges of the province. Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah said that ventilator management training will be given to the doctors and paramedics and for this he directed health department to move a proposal in this regard.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho said that the number of ICUs and HDUs in various hospitals are being increased, 147 ICUs and 834 HDUs are being added in different Hospitals including Civil Hospital, Services Hospital, Lyari Hospital, Gulistan-e-Jauhar Hospital, and Nipa Hospital. She further added that than 400 doctors are currently providing telemedicine services, “An MoU has been signed to hire another 250 doctors for Telemedicine” she added.

Dr Azra Pechuho informed that there are 452 Rapid Response Teams consisting 1382 doctors and paramedics working in field for Corona Virus. The Chief secretary also directed the secretary health to present plan for expansion of existing HDUs and ICUs in different hospitals.

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Information Minister hails security forces for thwarting terrorist attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange

Karachi, June 29, 2020 (PPI-OT):Sindh Minister for Information, Local Government, Housing and Town Planning, Religious Affairs, Forest and Wildlife Syed Nasir Hussain Shah while appreciating the quick response of the security personnel in thwarting the terrorist attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange, said on Monday that our security agencies were as alert as always to protect the country. The provincial information minister said that the manner in which Pakistan Rangers Sindh and Sindh Police personnel as well as private guards of Pakistan Stock Exchange acted timely was highly commendable. “The enemy has always failed because of the bravery and courage of our security personnel,” he said.

Shah lamented the martyrdom of security personnel who were martyred in the terrorists’ attack and said that the entire nation was proud of these brave sons who did not hesitate to lay down their lives for the protection of the country. The provincial Information Minister also expressed condolences to the families of the martyred security personnel. He said that the security personnel injured in the terrorists’ attack were being provided all the best medical facilities and hoped that they would recover soon.

He added that the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange was in fact an attack on Pakistan’s security and economy. The provincial information minister said that anti-national elements were always trying to create instability in Pakistan, but due to the bravery and alertness of our security personnel, their efforts would not be successful. “Our security personnel are on high alert at all times so that the enemy does not succeed in his nefarious aims,” he said.

Shah said that many nefarious aims of the enemy were foiled by the personnel of our security agencies even in the planning stage. “Today’s incident once again proves that our security personnel are always ready to protect the country,” the provincial information minister added. “Anti-national elements should remember that whenever they turn to our country with their nefarious aims, they will face the failure,” he said.

The provincial information minister further said that politically would might had differences, but whenever it came to national security we stand by the side of the federal government and will not sit idly by until the anti-national elements are brought to justice. The provincial information minister said that Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had also given a clear instruction to talk beyond all political differences for the security of the country. “We are happy that our security personnel are ready to face any challenge,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shah in a statement severely criticized the federal government and said that the exorbitant increase in the prices of petroleum products would lead to a storm of inflation in the country. The provincial information minister said that the increase in the prices of petroleum products would further increase the worries of the already distressed people. He said that the benefits of reduction in the prices of petroleum products by the federal government could not reach the people and the people kept on wandering for cheap petrol. He alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was behind every crisis in the country.

The provincial information minister said that the fact of the matter was that the people of PTI were not qualified to run the government as they had failed in every field. He said that since the PTI government came to power, it had created a lot of problems for the people.

Meanwhile, Shah said that comparatively the situation in Sindh was better in terms of coronavirus cases because if we compare Sindh with Iran, India and other neighbouring countries, there were not as many cases of coronavirus here as in various areas of these countries. The provincial Information Minister said that because the Sindh government had started taking required measures from day one, therefore the situation had started getting better today.

He said that if the federal government had not acted irresponsibly, the coronavirus pandemic would not have been so widespread in the country. Shah said that Sindh government was following the guidelines given by the federal government in the light of the orders of the Supreme Court. The provincial information Minister said that because of the incompetence of the federal government, the pandemic had spread across the country, so now everyone of us had to live with it for a long time. “Until the coronavirus vaccine is available, everyone must fully implement the announced standard operating procedures,” he said.

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Hike in petroleum prices is another PTI govt’s incompetence: Nasir Hussain Shah

Karachi, June 28, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah while criticizing the members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, said on Saturday that some people protested outside the Sindh Assembly as a political ploy, which was beyond comprehension.

The Information Minister said that if they had so much pain for the people of Karachi in their hearts, then would they like to tell the people that what they asked for Karachi from the federal government, of which they were also one of the allies. He made the remarks while addressing a press conference on Sunday. Sindh Minister for Education and Labour Saeed Ghani and Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh were also present during the press conference.

Shah said that if MQM-Pakistan had to protest, it should do so against the federal government and not against the provincial government. The minister said that the MQM should ask the federal government what happened with the Rs162 billion package announced for Karachi? He said that what could one say about a party that did not own its federal minister. He said that the politics of MQM-Pakistan was limited to Karachi and Hyderabad only. He said that media representatives should ask the people of MQM Pakistan what they demanded from the federal government for Karachi.

Shah said that the sit-in of MQM Pakistan should be in front of the National Assembly and not in front of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh. While censuring the federal government, Shah said that the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products was another proof of the incompetence of the PTI government. Provincial Minister for Information said that it came as shock to the people of the country. Shah said that in a few days it will be known who had been benefited from such a huge increase in the prices of petroleum products. The provincial Information Minister said that cheap petrol was not available to the people.

He said that there was no precedent in the past for the way people were wandering for cheap petrol. The senior provincial Minister said that the PTI government had failed in every field by deceiving the people for a ‘change’. Shah said that neither the federal government itself imported oil nor did it allow oil marketing companies to import oil, and when anyone asked them about their performance, they started making allegations. The provincial Information Minister said that the sufferings of the people were increasing owing to the incomprehensible policies of the PTI government.

He said that before Imran Khan became the Prime Minister, he used to say that increase in the prices of petroleum products makes everything more expensive, adding that, today he himself is the cause of this inflation. Referring to the recently presented budget of the Sindh government, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that although it was not an ideal budget, but still on the instructions of Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Shah prepared and presented as a better budget as he could.

The provincial Information Minister said that there was no doubt that the recent budget of Sindh had given priority to the health sector over all other sectors, but apart from that considering the serious problems faced by the farmers, small landowners, and people running small businesses a considerable amount had been set aside in this budget.

Critics may not be aware of this, but the Sindh provincial government had also allocated a large portion of the budget to Karachi, he said. The senior provincial Minister said that the provincial government was working on various projects regarding water and it was the promise of the provincial government that improvements would be made in this regard soon.

Talking about the recent decision of the Supreme Court regarding the purchase of luxury vehicles, Shah said that the Sindh government had already decided that this year, due to the situation arising after the spread of the Coronavirus, no new car would be purchased.

The minister clarified that if there was a great need, vehicles would be procured for the security personnel working in the field or as and when required for the eradication of locusts. He said that every decision of the Supreme Court would be implemented, adding that, the Sindh government had no plans to buy luxury vehicles in this budget.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Minister for Education and Labour Saeed Ghani said that no government other than the Sindh government, be it the federal government or the provincial government, had increased the salaries of laborers and government employees in the budget.

The Education Minister said that no statement was made by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) when the prices of petroleum products were raised unprecedentedly by an incompetent selected government of PTI. Ghani said that the purpose of the sit-in of MQM Pakistan was to get media publicity. The provincial minister for Education and Labour added that projects worth billions of rupees had been signed to improve Karachi’s infrastructure as well as water and sewerage system.

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Government of Sindh
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Email: pressinformationzubair@gmail.com
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