Sindh Assembly session: Half of Sindh’s federal jobs given to Punjab, K-P: MPA

Forty five per cent of the federal government jobs set aside for Sindh were given to K-P and Punjab.

Hafeez Tunio February 24, 2011

KARACHI: Forty-five per cent of federal government jobs set aside for people from Sindh were given to people from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Punjab, pointed out a legislator in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday.

This “discrimination” forced Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Dr Sikandar Mandhro to move a resolution to ensure this doesn’t happen any more. He quoted papers published by the centre’s establishment division. The total number of federal jobs was around 439,010 in 2008 and 2009. Even though Sindh’s share was 82,502, around 37,628 jobs were given to the people of the other two areas. His resolution was unanimously adopted.

Heer Ismail Soho of the MQM suggested that a committee be constituted to follow the resolution to the end. “We have passed dozens of resolutions yet we have received only 10 responses from the federal government in the past three years.”

Tori Bund to be plugged

Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo said that the Tori breach will be plugged in 15 days. The ministry is going to award tenders of other breaches on Aqil Aghani Loop Bund, Larkana, and work will start on Friday (today).

The federal government approved the budget worth Rs5 billion but they have yet to receive it. “We are temporarily utilising the Sindh government funds and will return the money later,” he said.

After the session, former irrigation secretary Idrees Rajput told the media that work on six breaches, including Tori in Kashmore, SM Bund in Thatta, LS Bund in Sehwan and Danistor regulator in Manchar has started. He explained that the work in the Flood Protective Bund, which falls in Kamber-Shahdadkot and Dadu districts, was delayed due to the unstable law and order. “Even I cannot visit the area,” he said.

Standing committees

MQM MPA Bilqees Mukhtiar questioned the performance of standing committees, a majority of which have not held a single meeting in the past two and half years. “I request you to please direct the committee chairmen to hold regular meetings and give their input for the upcoming budget,” she said.

Speaker Nisar Khuhro said that there is a need to make amendments in the rules and procedures and a committee will be formed to propose amendments. “Standing committees should have power at par with the National Assembly or other assemblies but I don’t know why the proposal is being delayed,” he said.  Khuhro asked the law minister to follow the matter and was assured that a proposal will be submitted very soon. The session was adjourned till today.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2011.


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