KARACHI Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Monday demanded immediate removal of Acting Chairman Irsa Shafqat Masood. Qaim made this demand at a special Sindh Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the CM House. He apprised the prime minister about the concerns of the people of the province over the Irsas unilateral decision to reopen the Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal, sources said. Sindh Minister for Irrigation Syed Murad Ali Shah, Revenue Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar and Culture Minister Sassui Palejo also presented the Sindhs viewpoint on the arbitrary decision and other water-related issues concerning the province. Premier Gilani said he had summoned the chief ministers and the irrigations ministers of the Sindh and Punjab to Islamabad today (Tuesday) to look into the matter. He took serious note of the complaints made by the party workers against a number of ministers who did not visit their constituencies and directed them address the grievances of the people particularly those pertaining to employment. During the meeting, the chief minister briefed the prime minister about the progress made in the Thar Coal project. Later, talking to media outside the CM house, Sassui Palejo described water as a matter of life and death for the people of Sindh. We wanted to speak openly on the issue and put the facts in detail before the prime minister during the meeting but were not allowed to do so, she added. Sassui said the acting chairman Irsa while following his whims ordered reopening of the canal. Demanding his removal and immediate closure of Chashma-Jhelum and Taunsa-Punjnad canals, she said the required amount of water was not available in various areas of the province for the last ten months. She hoped that the decision would be undone in the meeting to be held in Islamabad today (Tuesday). Agencies add: During the meeting, Prime Minister Gilani expressed the hope that the issue would be settled at Tuesdays meeting. He also directed the authorities concerned to summon the acting chairman Irsa to attend the meeting. He said the energy crisis could not be resolved without the Thar coal project. The members of provincial cabinet urged Gilani to remove the hurdles being created in the collection of sales tax on services besides announcing a special Ramadan package. Gilani told the meeting that the economy and law and order were the two major challenges, requiring focussed attention and better coordination among the federal and provincial govts. Referring to the Sindh govts reservations on NFC Award, the prime minister assured that he would direct Federal Minister for Finance Hafeez Sheikh to hold discussion with the Sindh govt while President Zardaris advice and support would also be sought to help resolve the matter. On Thar Coal Project, Gilani directed that a committee already formed in the Ministry of Finance must accelerate the coordination through regular meetings, as all the stakeholders must meet immediately to speed-up the implementation of infrastructural development linked with the project. The provincial secretary Minerals while briefing the prime minister mentioned that the project had the potential to turn around the economy of the country, adding that the energy mix of Pakistan is imbalanced and utilisation of coal is the lowest in the world. The Thar coal reserves are the 7th largest in the world and 68 times higher than Pakistans total gas reserves. The projects initiated would consume one per cent of coal to produce 25 per cent of eth countrys power generation capacity, it would be able to generate 10,000 MW and save US $ 79 billion on import of oil by the year 2020, he added. Provincial Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza briefed the meeting on the prevailing law and order situation and stressed the federal govt for assisting in the capacity building of the provincial law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, Sassui Palejo told newsmen about informing the prime minister that Raja Pervez Ashraf was the hurdle in the just distribution of water. Sindh Information Advisor Jamil Soomro also termed as illegal the decision to open the canal.