KARACHI: The city officials have 15 days to use all their resources and ensure Karachi is cleaned.
This warning was issued by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to all deputy commissioners and district municipal administrators during a meeting on the city’s cleanliness at CM House on Tuesday. He also announced the formation of a committee to oversee the officers’ performances and give recommendations about them.
The officers’ apathy was discrediting the government, said Shah, adding that the government can neither afford a bad reputation nor the difficulties faced by the residents. The rural areas must also be kept clean, said Shah, pointing out that these areas are now affiliated with various district municipal corporations. He asked the commissioner, Shoaib Siddiqui, to monitor and coordinate these efforts.
Shah remarked that the task at hand was neither large nor beyond the authority of the officers to perform. The administrators just have to ensure their chain of command is implemented and all their workers are utilised, he said.
The CM told the officers to remove unwilling or ‘ghost’ workers within their organisations. Although it was the responsibility of the elected representatives of local bodies to undertake, monitor and ensure municipal services, the officers entrusted with the assignment would have to conduct these tasks efficiently until the local bodies elections are held, he added.
According to him, the Sindh government was very keen to hold these elections and had consequently passed the local bodies act and carried out delimitation of various constituencies. However, some people had gone to court and put a halt to the process, said the chief minister.
Sindh chief secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, CM’s secretary Alumdin Bulo, Karachi Municipal Corporation administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, all deputy commissioners and all district administrators attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2014.
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