KARACHI - The elections of the Chairmen's of majority of the Standing Committees of the Sindh Assembly (SA) are in limbo due to lack of the interest of the members of the relevant committees, The Nation learnt on Sunday. About 30 Standing Committees were formed in the last session of the Sindh Assembly held two months ago in November 2008, but the majority of the committees had not called their meetings to elect the heads of the committees. So far, only 6 Standing Committees elected their chairmen to run the business, pointed out an official of the Sindh Assembly. The Standing Committees such as Public Accounts Committee, Local Government, Irrigation, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Minorities Affairs, Home and Health Committees have elected their chiefs while 24 committees are yet to nominate their heads. The Public Accounts Committee has become very active and it has conducted a few meetings regarding the alleged irregularities in Home, Food and other departments. Meanwhile, a huge number of 24 Standing Committees are yet to meet to elect their Chairmen which showed the utter lack of interest of the members of the committees. According to an official, the Assembly Secretariat had written several letters to the relevant members of the committees urging them to come Karachi to attend meeting for elections of the chairmen. But despite reminders, the members of the committees did not entertain the request of the Assembly Secretariat. He further said majority of the members of the Sindh Assembly belong to the interior Sindh and they stay most of the time at their home cities so, they did not bother to visit Karachi only for one agenda of the election of their relevant Standing Committee. "The delay in the elections of Chairmen of the Standing Committees was not hampering in working the assembly as no such business have been forwarded to these Committees so far," Secretary of Sindh Assembly Hadi Bux Buriro told The Nation. He pointed out that the Standing Committees of the provincial assembly only functions when any matter is assigned to them by the Speaker or House of the Assembly. Like Standing Committee of the National Assembly, the Provincial Assembly Standing Committees have no powers to act on any matter on their own, he maintained. He informed that the elections of the chairmen of the remaining 24 Standing Committees would be completed during February 2 to 4 as schedule for the meetings of committees have been issued. Meanwhile, the committees which are yet to elect their chairmen were Standing Committee on Board of Revenue, Cooperation, Finance and Inter-Provincial Cooperation, Culture, Tourism and Archives, Education and Literacy, Environment, Alternate Energy and Power, Excise and Taxation, Food, Supply and Prices, Forest and Wildlife, Industries and Mineral Development, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, Information Technology, Labour, Katchi Abadees and Rural Development, Planning and Development, Population, Social Welfare and Women Development, Prisons, Public Health Engineering, Religious Affairs, Zakat, Usher and Auqaf, SGA & CD, Transport, Works, Services and Youth Affairs and Sports. Jam Madad Ali, Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, who is also Parliamentary Leader of PML-F while talking to The Nation criticised the government for delaying in the elections of the heads of the standing committees of the assembly. He demanded that Standing Committees should be empowered to take suo moto action against irregularity in any provincial department.