KARACHI: The promotion of education and industrialisation are the keys to development and prosperity of Sindh.
Governor Mohammad Zubair said this while addressing the annual dinner of the Green Crescent Trust (GCT) at Governor House. He was the chief guest at the event that was organised to support around 800 charity and welfare projects running under the trust in remote areas of Sindh.
"The government has its limitations when it comes to accelerating the pace of development," the governor said, adding that the best thing was to promote industrialisation in the province. He was of the view that wherever the private sector was facilitated in industrialisation, it helped in the burgeoning of the middle class, which actively took part in the development.
"As the Sindh government is going to announce its new budget in a few days, it is my advice to give as much emphasis as possible on the promotion of education and industrialisation in the budget," he said.
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Thar was the best example in Sindh where the government had facilitated the process of development through industrialisation, the governor said. He remarked that the best companies of the country were working in Thar to extract coal and establish power plants. "It is because of the private sector working there that the face of Thar is changing today with new educational, healthcare and skill development facilities being established," he said.
Zubair praised the extensive network of schools and water supply projects of the GCT in remote areas of the province like Thar where people did not have access to basic necessities of life. The acute water shortage in Thar would be overcome due to non-governmental organisations like the GCT, he said.
GCT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zahid Saeed informed the gathering that the trust had been working since 1995 and at present 153 of its schools with an enrolment of 29,000 students were operating in the most challenging locations of the province where earlier there were no educational facilities. "Most of the students of the GCT schools belong to families whose elders are uneducated," he said.
According to the CEO, the GCT had to meet the recurring expense of Rs30 million every year to run its network of charitable schools in Sindh. He thanked the Sindh Education Foundation for supporting its school initiatives.
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A tableau was presented by students of the GCT's school in Mithi, which depicted the progress in Thar due to educational and other projects. Industrialist Sardar Muhamamd Yasin Malik, Planning and Development Minister Saeed Ghani and Federation Of Pakistan Chambers Of Commerce and Industry President Ghazanfar Bilour also attended the event.
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