DADU  - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the PPP came into power with public mandate and has due respect for the judiciary.

While talking to media here the other day, the CM said the shortage of water was a global issue, however, the present government was making all-out efforts to fulfil the requirements through efficient utilisation of water with better management. He directed the officers of Irrigation Department to take steps stop stealing of water with the help of Sindh Police and Rangers and ensure its availability upto the tail-end growers in each district of the province.

He also asked the public representatives to monitor the situation closely. He said the government was aware of the problems of the growers who had already suffered due to flooding in 2010 and heavy rains in 2011. He said that the current financial year had been declared as ‘Development Year’ and the government has undertaken the development work costing Rs2.5 billion only in Dadu district.

He said Dadu district is an important and historical city of the province and the government was launching mega development schemes here including the establishment of Cadet College, Sindh University Campus, hospitals, Pir Elahi Bakhsh Law College and Shaheed Shahjehan Park. He said that the people of Dadu were experiencing difficulties of portable water. For the purpose, the government has launched development schemes for converting saline water into sweet water, which will be completed in next six months, he said adding the plant for the scheme had been imported with the cost of Rs400 million.

Such schemes will also be implemented in Johi, KN Shah and Mehar as well. He said that the present PPP government was providing jobs directly and indirectly though skill training in different trades. He said despite world recession, the government had provided 90,000 jobs to youth. Moreover, the government has trained 160,000 youths in different trades, one third of them have been absorbed in private sector. Beside, he said that poverty alleviation programme has also been launched under which 250,000 women have also been provided training in different trades.

Responding to a question, Qaim said that the PPP government had due respect for the judiciary and he was optimistic that there would be no collision among the institutions. However he maintained that each institution should follow the constitution.

Responding to another question about the reduction in the numbers of voters in electoral list, the Chief Minister said that the government had taken the notice and constituted a committee to approach Election Commission in order to ascertain the reason in this direction. However, he said that still yet any individual can register his/her vote in case he or she is not enrolled in the list.

Earlier, while addressing the gathering of notable, the Chief Minister said that the PPP government under the vision of late Benazir Bhutto is empowering the women folk economically and vowed that women who are 51 per cent population of the country would be brought at the par of men in the society. He said that before martyrdom, Benazir Bhutto presented the PPP manifesto in which empowerment of women had been given on priority. The CM said that some 0.8 to one million women have been benefited from the Benazir Bhutto Income Support Programme. He said, “The cabinet members have come here to get first hand information about the problems of the people and resolve the same on spot under the instructions of President Asif Ali Zardari.

While responding to a complaint against water shortage, the Chief Minister expressed his dissatisfaction over inefficient utilisation of water and asked from the Irrigation officers about the shortage of water in Johi Branch. He directed the officers to get the situation improved within two to three days failing which, strict action will be taken against them.

Among others, MNA Talat Mahasar, PPP Dadu General Secretary Dost Ali Jesar, Chamber of Commerce President Ghulam Shah Malkani, District Bar Association President Advocate Anwar Ali Sehar, Abdul Aziz Tunyo, Muhammad Yaqoob Rustamani and others also addressed the participants of the gathering.

Senior Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Sindh Minister Finance Murad Ali Shah, Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Food Minister Mir Nadir Magsi, Rehabilitation Minister Muzaffar Shujra, Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, State Minister Rafique Jamali, MPA Ghulam Shah Jillani, MNA Talat Mahesar were also present on the occasion.