KARACHI – Inefficiency of previous government has taken the electricity bill of various government educational institutions, running under Directorate of Colleges (Central), Directorate of Technical Colleges and Professional Colleges, to Rs37,922,739, causing power cuts to various institutions, The Nation has learnt. 

Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association has declared former Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq responsible for this deterioration in the education department.

Sindh Director Colleges Prof Nasir Ansar claimed that all dues of colleges will be cleared in few days before elections and all colleges have already been informed about this. 

According to some official documents, collected by The Nation, the Director Schools, Sindh government, under which around 1176 schools and offices are being run in the metropolis, is also under liability of Rs61,937,319 on account of electricity bills.

On the other hand, educational institutions of the Local Bodies Wing of the KMC has also not exception in this regard as it has to pay Rs28,064,354.

Directorate of Colleges (Central) has 153 buildings, including colleges and offices, which are under debt of the total Rs24,642,592 (net dues as of March 31, 2013), while during January 13 to March 13, 2013 KESC recovered Rs3,816,187.

Conversely, under the head of Directorate of Technical Colleges as many as 55 colleges and offices are being run, which are liable to pay Rs11,767,786 (net dues as of March 31, 2013). This directorate has paid Rs7,347,668 to KESC during January 13 to March 13, 2013. On the contrary, nine professional colleges are also under liability of Rs1,512,362 (net dues as of March 31, 2013), whereas Rs1,861,600 has been paid to KESC during January 13 to March 13, 2013. Director of School, government of Sindh has as many as 1176 accounts of KESC for which he has to clear Rs61,937,319, while it made payment onto the said account only Rs4,865. There are 237 KESC accounts in the department of Local Bodies Wing KMC, which has liability to pay Rs28,064,354 to clear all dues. However, only Rs41,483 has been paid on the said account.

Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has already highlighted this issue in the media and demanded the government to make regular policy to handle this situation in the long term. Central leader of SPLA Prof. Iftikhar Azami, talking to The Nation, labeled blame on the former Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq for this deterioration in the education department. He pointed out that Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq had removed the students’ fund just for political gain but that fund was used for the various accounts of the public colleges, including utility bills. He said that the former education minister has ruined education in the province. He said that various colleges in the city are working without power while DJ Government Science College is also one of them.

DIRECTORATE COLLEGES TO PAY ALL DUES BEFORE ELECTIONS: Sindh Colleges Director Prof Nasir Ansar claimed that the Directorate of Colleges (Central) will clear all KESC dues before elections 2013.

He said that all colleges had already been informed about this decision and asked to clear all dues of KESC before the upcoming elections. He said that the colleges had been provided funds on the said account.