KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Local government Saeed Ghani has assured that powers to the Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar will be given powers under the law and would provided help within parameters of law.
He said Mayor belongs to MQM he should approach his party and move some legislation in Sindh assembly for the amendment in SLGO-2013 Act.
Ghani said while addressing a joint press conference on Thursday at the office of Mayor at KMC old building .
Saeed Ghani said he has met first time with Mayor ruled out the impression that he was not meeting with Mayor as he belongs to MQM.
Ghani said before coming here he has not met any elected Chairman of PPP.
He said during the meeting held with Mayor we have made a commitment to resolve the problems of the people without any discrimination collectively .
Minister said basic theme of the meeting was to resolve the problems of the people through meeting with all the chairmen of six districts.
Ghani said people of Karachi would be served at all levels whether they belong to any party MQM or PPP.
Ghani said it was the responsibility him and Mayor Karachi to resolve the problems of the people.
Ghani said during the meeting with Mayor there was no conflict and he would try to help Mayor within limits of law and even go to Sindh Chief minister to resolve the problems of the people collectively and joint efforts.
Replying to a question that that there is also a room to make correction in the local government system whether Mayor likes or not but there was also SLGO -2013 Act and amendment in this system can be made through Sindh assembly .
He said the laws made in SLGO-2013 was beyond his capacity .
Ghani said he has stressed to resolve the traffic issue of Karachi and this can be resolved when the encroachments were removed from the city .
Answering to a question he said that amendments can be Made in local governed Act this is not a “ Sahifa” there was lot of room to make amendments if they are needed for the betterment of th3 people .
During the press briefing Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar was quite humble to sindh Minister for Local government and repeatedly said “ we both would work jointly for the betterment of the city .
When asked whether it was U turn by the mayor , Mayor and Ghani denied of any U turn .
When asked about the acute water shortage in the city , Ghani said city was getting 35 percent water against the required capacity of Karachi.
Ghani said water to the city is supplied from river and only solution tio over the water shortage in Karachi DESALINATIION PLANT at sea was must as well as essential .
He said this a plan for next ten to fifteen years and we have stated planning for today as water shortage is all over the country .
When asked that whether the SLGO -2013 would be changed he said that laws are made by the assembly
There were lot of volley of questions about the various local government depoartments, he said within one and half month he cannot do miracle