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SINDH CABINET APPROVES JOB QUOTA FOR TRANSGENDERS IN SINDH POLICE AND OTHER GOVERMENT DEPARTMENTS: MURTAZA WAHAB
KARACHI: Spokesperson for the Sindh government and Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Law, Environment, Climate Change and Coastal Development Barrister Murtaza Wahab said on Wednesday that the Sindh Cabinet approved the fixation of 0.5% job qouta for Transgender community in recruitment in Sindh Police. Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah told the Cabinet members that he wanted to bring the members of the Transgender community to the mainstream. The Adviser said that the Chief Minister while falicitating the transgender community on behalf of the members of Sindh Cabinet said that he would like to make them a useful and effective member of the society. He also asked them to keep their documents ready as from now onwards they were eligible for seeking government jobs. Barrister Murtaza Wahab said this while briefing the media after the conclusion of the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Sindh Chief Minister Syed   Murad Ali Shah presided over the meeting while all  the ministers, advisers and relevant officers including Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Sindh Police were present during the meeting.
He said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had asked the people of the transgender community to pay special attention to their education.

STREET CRIMES

Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that Inspector General of Sindh Police Dr Syed Kaleem Imam while briefing Cabinet members told that comparatively Sindh Police's performance had improved. One of the evidences of which was the improvement of Karachi's position in the world crime index comparision. He said that according to IGP Sindh Karachi was at number 6th in the world crime index in 2014, and now 2019 it was at 70th position. The Adviser said that according to Sindh Police Chief a clear decline in the incidents of Street Crime and Kidnaping for ransom was observed in the port city. He said that the Inspector General of Sindh Police told the cabinet members that few of the biggest contributing factors for the rise in street crimes in the metropolis were the constant rise in unemployment, illegal immigrants and drug addicts. IG Sindh Police said that the the general public mostly avoided registering cases in public stations. According to the IGP Sindh, the traffic police collected Rs 766 million from the violators various traffic rules. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed Inspector General of Sindh Police to further control street crimes in Karachi, Barrister Murtaza Wahab said. The Adviser said that the Chief Minister told IG Sindh Police that when there was absolutely zero interference in the matters of transfers and postings of police officers by the Sindh government, then there shoud be best law and order situation in the province. Barrister Murtaza Wahab told that the Chief Minister also directed IG police to take strict action against the officers who lodged false FIRs. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he would give awards to all those Station House Officers and Deputy Superintendent of Police who performed well in maitaining law and order in their jurisdictions, while he said that strict disciplinary action would be taken against SHOs and DSPs who failed to control crimes in their respective areas. 

WHEAT PRICE
The provincial cabinet also approved the purchase of 100,000 tonnes of wheat from Pakistan Agriculture Storage and Services Corporation Limited, Barrister Murtaza Wahab told. He said that this wheat would be purchased at Rs. 844.50 per 100kg bag. The Adviser said that the chief minister told the cabinet members that he wanted to bring down the price of flour in the market so that poor people could get bread at low price. Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that Chief Minister Sindh had also constituted a three-member committee comprising Food Minister, Secretary Food and Secretary Finance, which would address the financial issues of the food department. Provincial cabinet also fixed wheat issue price at Rs.3450 per 100kgs, the Adviser said. 

INJURED PERSONS COMPULSORY MEDICAL TREATMENT ACT 2019

Barrister Murtaza Wahab while briefing the media told that Sindh cabinet also gave approval to the rules of Sindh Injured Persons Compulsory Medical Treatment (Amal Umer) Act 2019. The Adviser said that speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister Sindh said that we would never allow the medico legal issues to become the reason for any injured person's death. The Chief Minister said that Sindh government would soon set up a fund which would be utilized for the treatment of injured persons. 

INSTITUTE OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABLITATION ACT 2019
Barrister Murtaza Wahab told that the provincial cabinet also approved the rules of Sindh Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Act 2019. According to the Adviser, the purpose of establishing this institute was to provide free therapy to those who become disabled in the accidents, while the institute would also introduce degree courses as well. Cabinet members were told that this was the first institution in civilian setup where artificial limbs were also being made. Barrister Murtaza Wahab told reporters that Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah also issued instructions on setting up of sattelite centres of Sindh Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in other cities of the province as well.

CCI
Barrister Murtaza Wahab told reporters that the provincial cabinet also through a resolution requested Prime Minister to summon a meeting of Council of Common Interest. The Cabinet was told that the Council of Common Interest had not been meeting for the last 11 months. The Adviser said that since the Council of Common Interest had not met for the last 11 months, no progress had been made towards resolving the water, power and other serious problems being faced by Sindh province. The cabinet was told that the Constitution of the Council of Common Interest demanded that a meeting of the Council be convened every 90 days. 

DRAFT ALTERNATIVE & RENEWABLE ENERGY 2019
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that during discussion on Draft Alternate and Renweable Energy Policy 2019, the provincial cabinet was informed that the Energy and Power Division had formulated an ARE policy 2019 under which few targets had been set. ThevAdviser said that since 2006 AEDB, NTDC and CPPA-G could add up 2500 MW in ARE grid and now till 2025 a target of 6000 MW had been set. Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that the provincial cabinet was informed that most of Sindh's Alternative and Renewable Energy projects were halted by the federal government. On this occasion, the chief minister told the cabinet that the Sindh government was also setting up a provincial grid company, the Adviser said. Chief Minister Sindh said that the Sindh government wanted that the tariffof garbage energy be cleared as well. Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that Chief Minister Sindh informed the cabinet that he was initiating  setting up power plants on the garbage. Chief Minister Sindh believed that the amount of garbage generated in Karachi was so huge that it could be utilized for fulfilling the power needs of the people of Karachi to a certain extent. 

SHC JUDGES PENSION
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that while discussing the pension issue of Sindh High Court Judges, the Sindh cabinet decided that pension issues would be resolved in accordance with existing rules and regulations. The Adviser said that the cabinet was informed that in accordance with the law, the Judge who had served for at least five years would be entitled to pension. 

FARE OF BRT LINES
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that Sindh Transport Department suggested to Sindh Cabinet that the fare for the journey of up to two kms may be fixed at Rs. 15, while the fare for two to four kms Rs. 20, for four to six kms Rs. 25, for six to eight kms Rs. 30, for eight to ten kms Rs.35, for  10 to 12 kms Rs. 40, for 12 to 14 kms Rs. 45, for 14 to16 Rs.50 and above 16 kms Rs. 55. According to the Adviser, Chief Minister Sindh told the cabinet that the Red Line would be run on biogas so that subsidy on fares could be reduced. The cabinet was told that for the first three years the Green Line would run by the federal government. The cabinet also approved the transport tariff proposed by the transport department and decided to accelerate work on Orange Line Project, the provincial adviser said. 

GAS PIPELINE
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that while discussing the issue of permission for laying gas pipeline from Aisha gas field to Golarchi, the chief minister sought all the details related to Aisha gas field. Chief Minister Sindh said that all information regarding Aisha Gas Field be obtained including how many jobs they had given to local people and how much development work it had carried out  in the social sector so far. Murtaza Wahab said that the Chief Minister Sindh had directed the Energy Department to furnish all its input in this matter and only after that the matters related to the gas pipeline would be considered. 

SKAA BUDGET 
Barrister Murtaza Wahab told reporters that the provincial cabinet also approved Rs.417.383mn budget estimates for the year 2019-20 of Sindh Kuchi Abadi Authority. In addition, Advisor to the Chief Minister Sindh said that the provincial cabinet also approved revised budget of Rs.338.663mn of Sindh Katchi Abadi Authority of the year 2018-19. 

Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that the provincial cabinet also approved the appointment of Khwand Bux  Domki as the administrator of Nindo Town in a decision. Adviser to CM Sindh on Law Law said that the cabinet also expressed regret over not nominating a Sindh representative in the Indus River System Authority and demanded the federal government to appoint a Sindh a member from Sindh in the Authority. He said that the provincial cabinet also while disapproving the setting up of a power plant on the CJ Link Link Canal termed it as a move against the provincial autonomy. Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that the Sindh cabinet strongly condemned Federal Minister Khusro Bakhtiar's statementh regarding development schemes of the federal government. The provincial adviser said that the schemes mentioned completelt belonged to the provincial government and  for which the loan had also been taken. He said that the obtained loan would be returned by the Sindh government as well. Therefore, he said that false statements should be avoided. Barrister Murtaza Wahhab told that the Sindh cabinet also allowed Amn Ambulances to continue to operate till June 2020. The provincial adviser said that if the federal government was serious and sincere, the K-IV water project had been completed by now. He said that the federal government was angry with Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah because he always spoke for the welfare of the people. Provincial advisor made it clear that  peaceful protests were permissible, but the Sindh government would not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands.


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