KARACHI  - Pending posting of Accounts Officers in all five districts of Karachi, consequent to revival of SGLO 1979, has delayed payment of salaries to the KMC workers, said Syed Zulfiqar Shah, Central President of Karachi Municipal Corporation's Workers Association (CBA) on Monday.

He said there was an urgency for appointment of Municipal Commissioners in districts West, Central and Malir in the metropolis so as to streamline the districts' administrative affairs. He said despite revival of the ordinance some 15 days ago the slots of accounts officers, superintendent engineers, health officers and parks officers remain vacant in all the five districts causing serious inconvenience to the general public as well as KMC workers.

Syed Zulfiqar Shah said delay in appointments and handing over of relevant authorities to officials who would assume responsibilities under the new arrangement has particularly affected the junior cadre of KMC employees. He said since the confusion regarding the local government system has persisted for quite some time, the grade 12 to grade 19 employees of Saddar Town could not get their pay for past three months.

"This is besides the fact that KMC employees in general are yet to receive their salary for February 2013," he said.

Meanwhile, KMC Senior Director Masood Alam said the system to impart basic training of computer education is being upgraded on modern lines and Information Technology (IT) literate staff will be available to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. He was addressing at the inaugural among the participants of the 49th Basic Office Automation Course.

Director Training Farkharuddin, Instructor Bilal Ahmed and officials of the IT department were also present on the occasion. Masood Alam said the KMC is aware of the professional needs of its staff and on-job IT training is being provided to them for the purpose. He said the KMC's computer training centre will be equipped with more facilities.

Advanced Excel, web designing, computer graphics and animation and other new courses will be offered in the KMC's computer training centre, he added.