KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has directed all the commissioners and deputy commissioners to develop close coordination with the SSPs and other law enforcement agencies (LEA) to maintain law and order in their respective divisions and districts.

He was presiding over a meeting of all the divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners at the CM House here on Thursday. Those who attended the meeting included Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo and Finance Secretary Sohail Rajput and others.

“This is a very difficult war we are confronting with. Therefore, we have to be more vigilant and more responsive because we are committed with our nation particularly with our children to win this war,” said the chief minister. He said his government had given top priority to law and order. “The Shikarpur bomb blast incident shows that the terrorists have penetrated into our rural areas. They are not only killing our people but also trying to divide us on sectarian lines. It is quite encouraging that this incident has further strengthened unity among the people of different sects,” he observed.

Qaim said he was receiving complaints that oil was being theft from the pipelines. These complaints are on the rise from Jamshoro, Dadu, Tando Allah Yar and some other districts. “You have to stop it at any cost. It is earning bad name. I will hold a separate meeting with DIGs and SSPs on this issue and the overall law and order situation,” he added.

Some of the deputy commissioners told the CM that the funds of some town committees were higher than the funds of municipal committees. The salary bills were higher than the share of most of the local bodies. On this, the chief minister directed Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah to take necessary measures to end this disparity. “I would suggest you to constitute a Provincial Finance Commission and give them provisional award till the local bodies elections are held,” he said.

Additional Chief Secretary (Development), Waseem Ahmed, giving briefing on federally-funded Rs12,500 million Pak Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Community Development Programme, said it was being launched in different sectors including education, health, drinking water, farm to market roads, streets/pavement/culverts, embankments, sanitation, electrification/solar energy and natural gas.

The schemes would be identified by civil society/local communities. The deputy commissioners would execute the schemes to be launched under this programme and ACS (Dev) would accord the administrative approval.

Qaim directed the deputy commissioners to interact with the civil society and on their recommendations identify the schemes of urgent need and get them approved. “I will not compromise on the quality of work,” he said.      

He also directed the deputy commissioners to improve the performance of the local bodies. “The gutters are over-flowing, small roads have been dilapidated and this must be improved,” he directed. On this, the DC requested the chief minister to approve the release of Maintenance and Repair funds for which Qaim issued necessary directives.