Close coordination of police with LEAs ordered

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali has directed all the commissioners and deputy commissioners to develop close coordination with SSPs and other law enforcing agencies (LEA) to maintain law order in their respective division and districts.

“This is a very difficult war we are faced with; therefore, we have to be more vigilant and more responsive because we are committed with our nation particularly with our children to win this war,” he said while presiding over a meeting of all the divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners at CM House here on Thursday.

Those who attended the meeting include Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo and Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput.

Chief Minister said that his government had given top priority to law and order. “The Shikarpur bomb blast incident shows that the terrorists have penetrated into our rural areas. They are not only killing our people but trying to divide us on sectarian lines.  It is quite encouraging that this incident has further strengthened unity among people of different sects,” he observed.

The chief minister also said that he was receiving complaints that oil was being stolen from the pipelines.  These complaints are on the rise from Jamshoro, Dadu, Tando Allahayar and some other districts. “You have to stop it at any cost. It is earning bad name for government. I would hold a separate meeting with DIGs and SSPs on this issue, as well as, overall law and order,” he said.

Some of the deputy commissioners told the chief minister that the funds of some town committees were higher than the funds of municipal committees. The salary bills were higher than the share of most of the local bodies. On this the chief minister directed the Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah to take necessary measures to end this disparity. “I would suggest you to constitute a Provincial Finance Commission and give them provisional award till local bodies elections are held,” he said.

Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Waseem Ahmed giving briefing on federally funded Rs12,500 million Pak Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Community Development Program said that it was being launched in different sectors such as education, health, drinking water, farm to market roads, streets/ pavement/ culverts, embankments, sanitation, electrification/ solar energy, and natural gas.

The schemes would be identified by civil society/ local communities. The deputy commissioners would execute the schemes to be launched under this program and ACS (Dev) would accord administrative approval.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the deputy commissioners to interact with the civil society and on their recommendations identify the schemes of their urgent need and then get approved.

He also directed the deputy Commissioners to improve the performance of local bodies. Gutters are over flowing, streets are broken. This must be improved, he directed.

On this deputy commissioners requested the chief minister to approve release of Maintenance & Repair (MR) funds for which the chief minister issued necessary directives.

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