After a year: Ban on recruitment for government jobs to be lifted

Treatment plant to be installed at Manchar Lake to help people, says CM

Our Correspondent September 11, 2016
Treatment plant to be installed at Manchar Lake to help people, says CM. PHOTO: EXPRESS

HYDERABAD: The Sindh government is likely to lift a year-long ban on the recruitment for government jobs after a formal approval by the provincial cabinet this month.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah informed on Sunday that the cabinet meeting, scheduled after the Eid holidays, will take a decision regarding lifting the ban.

"We will ensure that young people are appointed on merit [in these government jobs]," he said while addressing a gathering and talking to the media in Sehwan, Jamshoro district.

The ban was imposed in August, 2015, prior to the local government elections. Vowing to reduce unemployment in the province, Shah said the government is encouraging industrialisation and commercial ventures to create sources of livelihood for the people.

Manchar Lake contamination

At the residence of local Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Zameer in Bubak, the people complained to Shah about drinking water among other problems, caused by the contamination of Manchar Lake. "In the past, no government introduced a project to address this problem," said Shah. "But now we are negotiating with a private company for the installation of a treatment plant."

If materialised, he said, the treatment plant will purify enough water to meet the needs of thousands of people living around the lake.

Asia's biggest freshwater lake has been turned into a large polluted pond in which the Main Nara Valley (MNV) drain releases saline and waste water from Balochistan and upper Sindh. This is said to have happened due to a long delay in the completion of the Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD) project, which was designed to take that waste water to the sea. The Supreme Court is also hearing a case regarding the contamination of the lake.

The CM also came hard on Hyderabad Electric Supply Company warning that the utility 'will not be allowed to work in Sindh' if the issue of power outages is not resolved.

Shah announced that the status of Sehwan Town Committee will soon be raised to Sehwan Municipal Committee while a development package will also be allocated to Sehwan.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2016.


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