KARACHI: The provincial cabinet in its meeting held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took some historic decisions such as fixing transgenders quota in all provincial government departments, approved establishment of physical & rehabilitation center- the first ever in civilian set up, fixed BRT fare structure and approved issue price of wheat for crop 2019 and 20.
The meeting was held at New Sindh Secretariat and lasted for four hours from 9 am to 1pm and was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, provincial ministers, advisors, IG Sindh Dr Kaleem Imam, Adl IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon and concerned secretaries of the departments.
PM The cabinet through a resolution urged the prime minister of Pakistan to convene Council of Common Interest (CCI) meeting to discuss outstanding issued of the provincial government of Sindh. Under the constitution the CCI meeting has to be held after every 90 days but from the last 11 months no such meeting has been called.
The energy minister told the cabinet that the federal government was reluctant to approve alternate energy projects of the Sindh. He added that a tendency of creating problems under one or the other pretext has been noted. The chief minister said that he would take up these issues when CCI meeting is called,
Law & Order: IG Police Dr Kaleem Imam and Adl IG Karachi briefed the cabinet about law & order, particularly the street crime in the city.
The cabinet was told that no terrorism incident has taken place in the city during current financial year with 97 percent reduction in target killing as compared to 2013. 76 percent reduction in extortion as compared to 2013 has been recorded.
In Crime Index (CI) Karachi was placed at number 6th in 2014 means it was declared as 6th most unsafe city in the world. The government with its political will and hard work of law enforcement agencies started targeted operation and the situation started improving. The CI placed Karachi at number 10 in 2016, at 26 in 2016, at 47 in 2017, 61 in 2018 and now with the grace of God Karachi has been placed at serial number 70.
The major cities of the world with higher crime index are Johannesburg at 7th position, Cape Town at number 22, Dhaka 38, Chicago 42. It means the city of Karachi was much better than various well-known cities of the developed world, the chief minister said. In 2013 eight murders were committed in a day which have been reduced to 1.2 per day in 2019.
Street Crime: The cabinet was told that a commendable reduction has been recorded in four and two-wheeler and mobile snatching compared to 2013. 78 percent decrease in four-wheel snatching, 73 percent in two-wheelers and 29 percent in mobile phone snatching have been recorded compared to 2013, 2013 and 2015 respectively.
To a question, the chief minister was told that 317 street criminals’ gangs have been busted while 621 criminals have been arrested with registration of 690 FIRs. 440 proclaimed offenders and 3530 absconders have also been arrested during 2019.
The provincial and city police chiefs elaborating the causes of street crime in the city counted large number of drug addicts on streets, crime as source of living and purchasing drugs, no proper rehabilitation mechanism and ownership, poverty, illiteracy, inflation, unemployment, mass-urbanization, disgruntled youth and illegal immigrants.
Talking about factors hampering police performance, the IG police said that non-registration of cases was top on the list. He told the cabinet that 1063 complainants were approached by police in three weeks but hardly 14 of them agreed to get their cases registered. The other factors as stated by the IG police were liberal bail policy, lack of Central Data Base of Criminals, hideouts of criminals in 162 slum areas of the city and lack of safe city projects.
Narcotics: The cabinet was told that in 2018 only 0.73 points of Ice drug were recovered while in 2019 its recovery has been recorded at 132.756 points. At this the chief minister said that the difference of 132.24 points was huge. “This show either the drug peddlers have pumped ice drug in the city in a huge quantity this year or it was allowed unchecked in the city last year,” Mr Murad Ali Shah said and added it was unacceptable and the police must clean the city from drug peddlers and smugglers. “We can’t leave our children at the mercy of drug peddlers,” he said.
In 2018 219.837 kg of heroin was recovered while in 2019 its seizure reached to 1107.403 kg. In 2018, over 436602 gutka/mawa and mainpuri was seized while in 2019 its recovery has been recorded at 4,034,652 packet.
The cabinet directed IG police to launch a vigorous and ruthless operation against drug peddlers and smugglers in the city.
Traffic Enforcement: The cabinet was told that during 2019 3363699 traffic violation tickers were issued and a fine of Rs766 million was recovered. Some 7197 drivers were arrested against violation traffic rules and 1,056,560 vehicles were impounded.
BRT Fare: The transport department told the cabinet that the consultants have prepared fare structure for all the BRT Line in Karachi. Once the fare was approved the investors would be attracted or investment deals would easily be negotiated. The fare structure is as follows:
Upto two km Rs15, from two to four km Rs20, from four to six km Rs25, from six to eight km Rs30. From eight to 10 km Rs35, from 10 to 12 km Rs40, from 12 to 14 km Rs45, from 14 to 16 km Rs50 and from 16 and above Rs55. The cabinet approved the fare structure and directed the transport department to start negotiations with the investors in BRT Lines.
Quota for Transgender: Home department told the cabinet that the IG Police has submitted a proposal regarding fixation of 0.5 percent quota in respect of Transgender for recruitment in Sindh police.
The chief said that rehabilitation of Transgender was one of the priorities of his government. “We have to bring them in mainstream by offering them jobs in government department,” he said and approved a proposal of giving 0.5 percent quota to transgenders not only in police department but in all government departments.
He directed social welfare department to take necessary measure to inclined transgenders towards education, technical trainings and main stream. He congratulated Transgender community on approval of their quota in government service. The chief minister also issued directive that the Transgenders, apart from their special quota in government jobs, could participate in open competition without any discrimination.
Issue price of wheat: The food department through a presentation told the cabinet that last year issue price of wheat was Rs3250 per bag of 100 kg in PP bag and Rs3315 in jute bag. At present, the price of wheat in open market of Karachi is Rs4200 to Rs4250 per 100 kg bag. Just to ensure the sufficient availability of wheat in the open market and to maintain stable price of atta, the food department has to release around 1.2 tons of wheat for local consumption during September 2019 to March 2020.
The cabinet was told that the food department has 800,000 tons of wheat in its stores to release in the market and it would have to purchase 100,000 tons from Passco at a rate of Rs844.50 per 100 kg bag. The cabinet approved the purchase of wheat from Passco.
The cabinet also approved issue price of wheat at Rs3450 per 100 kg bag. The Punjab has fixed issue price at 3437.50 per 100 kg bag.
Amal Umer Act: The cabinet approved rules and regulations of `Sindh Injured Person Compulsory Medical Treatment (Amal Umar) Act 2019. Minister health Dr Azra Pechuho said that the injury case of Amal Umar happened due to gun fired in police encounter on August 13, 2018. The injured little girls was not entertained in the private hospital and the hospital wasted 40 to 45 crucial minutes due to unnecessary medico legal requirement and ultimately the patient died during shifting to another hospital. The law passed by the assembly will help in saving the lives of the injured persons without any essential police involvement.
Under the rules and regulations of the act the cost or payment incurred on the person provided the emergency medical treatment would be borne by the health department.
The cabinet approved the rules and directed finance department to move a summary for creating a special fund for the persons receiving emergency medical treatment.
SIPMR : Sindh Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SIPMR) Act 2019. The health department told the cabinet that the cases of disabilities, including congenital and increase number of road traffic accident cases, large number of citizens become handicapped, as per present scenario. Further, non-communicable disease occurred due to cerebrovascular accident and cardiopulmonary events which result in physical disabilities as usual.
To overcome all of these unexpected and frequent happenings which occur in routine life, an institute with state of art is required to be developed for methodology and standardized technique, towards rehabilitation of disability services with the help of physiatrist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, language and swallowing therapist, ortho, prosthetics, autism specialist, neurophysiologist, special educators, vocational therapist, nutritionist and social workers.
The draft act was approved by the cabinet and referred it to the assembly.
Grant for Ambulance: The Cabinet approved a grant in aid of Rs350.240 million for continuation of Sindh Rescue and Medical service (SRMS) fleet of 60 Aman ambulance in Karachi for next six months, from July 2019 to December 2019.
ARE policy: The energy department presented a draft Alternate & Renewable Energy Policy 2019 (ARE Policy 2019) prepared by Ministry of Energy of the federal government. The chief minister directed the Energy department to share the draft of the policy with cabinet members so that they could study it.
Katchi Abadis: The Sindh cabinet approved the budget estimates of Sindh katchi Abadis Authority (SKAA) for 2019-20 to the tine of Rs417.33 million, including provincial government grant of Rs200 million and revised estimates of 2018-19 to Rs338.663 million. The chief minister directed finance department to induct their senior officer in SKAA budget preparation work so that it could be done professionally.
SSGCL : The forest department told the cabinet that the SSGCL had sought them permission for laying a gas pipe line from Ayesha Gas field to MV Golarchi, Badin through forest lands.
The cabinet observed that the Ayesha Gas field has not done any work in the development of social work. The company has not hired local people, therefore they could not be given right of way through forest lands.
The chief minister directed energy department to provide details of the Ayesha Gas field, including their contribution in social sector, local employment and others performances so that their request could be considered.
Admn: The cabinet approved the appointment of Khawand Bux Domki, BS-11, as administrator of Town Committee Nido, District Badin and Ahsan Ali Shah, B-17 as Administrator Town Committee Pangrio, District Badin.
Judges Salaries: The law department sought the consent of the cabinet to give pension to the judges of Sindh High Court who were retired before completion of five years of service. The cabinet said that the law was very clear that the judges who have not completed five years of their services were not entitled to have their pensions.