Election commission withheld recruitment of police in city: CM Qaim
12 March, 2013
KARACHI: The government could not induct 8,000 additional police constables and 400 sub-inspectors and inspectors needed in Sindh police, as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stayed recruitment.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah termed the ECP decision unfortunate and said the said staff was gravely needed for beefing up security in the city.
Speaking on floor of the Sindh Assembly while sharing the government's five-year performance report, said, "The establishment in their recent policy statement, acknowledged that there was a big war going on within the country, that required serious attention."
During his speech, he appreciated the role of PPP's coalition partners including the MQM chief Altaf Hussain and Pir Pagara, chief of PML-F 'for being determined in smooth democratic dispensation. "There are many who tried to undermine the strategic significance of the PPP's reconciliation policy and strategy. Let me say it straightaway that the political system in Pakistan can now only move forward through reconciliation and policy of live and let live", he added.
Talking about the major programmes initiated for the poor by the ruling government, the CM said lifting of 15-year ban on public sector employment was one of the biggest achievements. The government provided around 1,65,000 jobs and recruited 18,000 teachers during its five-year tenure.
Shah said that 14,000 houses for the low-income group were built; 7,000 by Behan Benazir Basti Housing Scheme, and another 7,000 under the UC Based Poverty Reduction Programme. Moreover, above 40,000 residential plots were being prepared for development of townships in major urban centres in the province. Some 20,000 plots in Karachi are ready for distribution, he added.
Referring to special development packages provided by the government to different cities in the province during the past five years, he said that Rs110 billion were allocated to Karachi, Rs3.7 billion for the development of Lyari, and Rs6 billion for Kemari, Malir, and other rural areas of the city. Lately, he added, the mega project of water supply in Karachi, K-IV and sewerage project S-III had been initiated at the cost of Rs25.5 billion and Rs13 billion respectively.
He said the government's efforts at Thar Coal were improving the investment climate, adding companies working on wind and coal energy in the province had capacity to enhance power-generation up to 10,000 MWs by the year 2020.
The chief minister said that the Supreme Court in its observation had talked about action against 0.4 million illegal immigrants living in Karachi, and that the government with the support of allied parties, could have sent back them to their countries of origin.