KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Social Welfare Department, Nargis Khan, has said that the devolution system has created a parallel system of administration in the country, which paralysed the system rather than solving the problems of the people. She disclosed that her department has proposed to the Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah that some key changes be made in Local Government Ordinance-2001 because all the provincial departments were facing difficulties in achieving targets for the betterment of people. Provincial Minister, who holds Masters Degree in Sociology, was giving an exclusive interview to The Nation during her visit to the office of this newspaper on Wednesday. "I see things from a woman's perspective, there are serious social issues in the province that need to be addressed and keeping this in mind, I had held a meeting, firstly within the city of Karachi to see the city's social welfare activities," said Nargis Khan. Responding to a question as to the working of the NGOs in the province is concerned, she said; "Out of 7,000, many NGOs in the province are either partially inactive or exist in papers only. She said that some amendments are being made in the law to monitor functioning of the NGOs because we have made strong reservations to it." The Minister expressed doubts on the transparency in utilisation of funds by the NGOs due to lack of implementation of prevailing law of check and balance. "A comprehensive law existed for check and balance and supervision of the functioning of NGOs but due to the negligence of concerned officials it could not be implemented", she said adding that various amendments have been suggested in "Voluntarily Agencies Registration Act 1962" under which the NGOs would have to renew their registration after every three years while the registration will be renewed keeping in view their performance and submission of audit reports of utilisation of funds. The Minister further said that a small amount of Rs 5,000 is being suggested as renewal fee for the registration of these NGOs, which will be a source of revenue generation for the department. Giving detailed account into the recent malpractices prevailing in the Dar-ul-Amaans; she said, "Dar-ul-Amaans were handed over to the NGOs adding that her department was probing into this illegal move". Nargis pointed out that she had received several complaints about the malpractices in the shelter homes where some of the women/girls who come there in search of shelter, were working as housemaids, which was ethically wrong. "The failure lies with the previous government, which allowed an NGO 'PANAH' to look after the Dar-ul-Amaan in Karachi but it kept no checks and balances on the said NGO. Now we are looking into the affairs of the Dar-ul-Amaans and further we will keep stringent check and balance on their activities," she continued. The Minister was of the view that underprivileged class is the most common sufferer in the society. The motivation must begin at ground level and not by holding seminars in five star hotels, she stressed. Nargis informed that a programme titled "Medical Social Workers" of department, which was abolished by previous government, would be re-started next year aiming to provide medical facilities to poor patients through collecting donations from philanthropists while several other projects such as establishment of book bank, cloth bank and medicine bank would be initiated for social welfare, she concluded.