KARACHI – A special committee of the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday, while finalising its report, recommended to the provincial government regularise services of nearly 1,300 employees of the National Programme for Improvement of Water (NPIW) and 24 lecturers of the Education Department. The committee, however, did not recommend regularisation of services of doctors working under the foreign-funded Peoples’ Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) project and male social mobilisers of the Population Department.After a lengthy discussion, the SA body, which met with Syed Bachal Shah in the chair at the SA committee room, approved its finding, suggesting to the provincial government to regularise the services of 1,300 NPIW employees, who had been staging protests for over a year and faced police highhandedness at certain occasions.“The committee also recommended to the government regularise services of 24 non-commissioned lecturers, who were hired on contract in the Education Department,” Bachal Shah said while talking to The Nation. He said the committee would submit its report with the assembly, after which a bill would be tabled to give nod to the recommendations.SA Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro had, following a resolution moved by Haji Munwar Abbasi of the ruling PPP, constituted the committee to look into the issue and come up with a comprehensive report. Since its establishment five months ago, the committee met for about five times and discussed the procedure of regularisation as well as subsequent financial burden of the decision on the provincial exchequer.According to sources, the committee did not recommend regularisation of social mobilisers after “the Population Welfare Department opposed such a move, claiming that the employees were hired as volunteers and that they were not working honestly”. When contacted, MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbasi of the PML-F, who a member of the special committee, told The Nation that she strongly supported the regularisation of male mobilizers and doctors of the PPHI project.Bachal Shah meanwhile called for end to the protests of NPIW employees.The Sindh Assembly had passed a bill for regularising services of about 14,000 teachers, it would again pass a bill for regularisation of 24 lecturers of the Education Department.The meeting was attended by MPAs Mujdid Isran, Fayaz Butt, Humera Alwani, Pir Syed Amjad Shah Jillani, Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Haji Munwar Abbasi Najam Abro and Kulsoom Chandio of the ruling PPP, Nusrat Sehar Abbasi of the PML-F and Muhammad Shoaib Ibrahim of the MQM.CS chairs meeting on uplift schemes:  Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas Wednesday chaired a meeting to review implementation of the directives issued by the President in connection with uplift schemes.  The meeting reviewed 91 directives comprising 14 of Lyari Development Package, 09 of Planning and Development, 8 of Works and Services, 9 of Industries, 4 of Electric Power and 47 others related to different development schemes. Secretary Education, Secretary Industries and Managing Director KWSB briefed the meeting about the progress of schemes in their respective departments. The Chief Secretary called for comprehensive reports from secretaries regarding pace of work on the scheme carried out on the directives of the President.