ISLAMABAD: Regrettably, with the advent of Ramazan, prices of daily edible items have massively surged in most districts of Sindh, especially in those bordering Punjab. The responsibility for this state of affairs lies firmly at the doors of the provincial government and the various district administrations, which are not performing their duties diligently. In addition, food security is going to become a serious problem in the rice-growing belt of the province because the region faces an acute shortage of water and like all past rulers, the current bunch governing the province has not invested in agriculture-related infrastructure to support farmers.
At the same time, almost two out of every three Sindhi youngsters is out of work. The province is witnessing a growing trend of suicides among young people due to unemployment and the social and psychological problems associated with it.
With elections just a few months away, the rulers are requested to take pragmatic steps to contain the alarming rise in inflation and unemployment and upgrade the crumbling infrastructure. There are reportedly thousands of vacancies in various provincial departments, which if filled, can help control the unemployment levels of Sindh.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2012.
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