KARACHI President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Sindh government for stepping up work on the building of new dams in the province so as to meet the growing requirements of irrigation and drinking water. Chairing the Sindh Cabinet meeting at Chief Ministers House on Monday, he instructed the Sindh govt to devise a water distribution plan on the basis of availability of water instead of insisting on implementation of 1991 water agreement. Sindh Cabinet also briefed the President about various uplift projects undertaken in the province in different areas. The meeting was attended among others by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Minister for Local Government Sindh, Muzzaffar Ali Shujra, Minister for Prisons, Jamil Soomro Adviser Information, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister for Irrigation & Power, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Minister for Education and Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Law Minister. The sources told The Nation that President expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of a few Cabinet members belonging to PPP and instructed them to improve their performance. Zardari asked the Cabinet Ministers to utilise to the utmost the new economic policy framework of private-public partnership, reliance on trade instead of aid and making workers shareholders in the State run enterprises as catalysts for development. Sindh Minister for Irrigation Syed Murad Ali Shah briefed the President about the irrigation water shortage in the province due to non-implementation of Water Accord 1991. He also said that Sindh might face acute water shortage which can affect the crops in Sindh. However, President Asif Ali Zardari directed the Sindh government for stepping up work on the building of new dams in the province so as to meet the growing requirements of irrigation and drinking water. He also said that that building of dams will help to empower the poor women of the areas through free distribution of State lands in the command areas of the new dams among them. Addressing the Sindh Cabinet, President said that the government was also seeking greater access to international markets for Pakistani made products to enhance the countrys trade to boost industrial production and create additional jobs. He said that the govt was vigorously pursuing the concept of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (RoZs) with the international community and expressed the hope that it will soon be translated into reality and usher into industrial development of the country. This he said was in addition to the Benazir Income Support Programme and the smart card that had also been designed to empower women and eradicate poverty. He inquired about the progress made in the Benazir Behan Basti programme aimed at providing low-cost housing units to the poor people in rural areas of the province. Zardari asked the provincial government to take up on priority basis the provision of housing to the poor and on building the infrastructure of roads and irrigation canals to address the problems of underdevelopment and unemployment. The President was also briefed about the progress made in the Benazir Income Support Programme in the province as well as the Waseela-i-Haq Programme under which more than 700 families are taken out of the poverty trap every month. The President said that as a result of the policies of the govt economy had turned around, the Stock exchange had bounced back; investors were showing confidence by investing in infrastructure projects and foreign investors were showing interest in stocks and power sector. President Asif Ali Zardari also directed that a separate briefing be given on the proposed Zulfikarabad City Project in the Sindh to review the progress made on it thus far. New City will not be part of Greater Karachi but a separate and distinct modern City which will have all facilities, he said. The proposed project was necessary because the huge influx of national and international migrants in Karachi and Hyderabad had put tremendous pressure on the existing infrastructure, he added. He recalled that last year he had directed the Sindh government to identify a million acres of land near the coast in Thatta district for the development of the new city of 'Zulfikarabad that would be built in the memory of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The President said that he visualised the concept of the new City by converting useless State land into a productive asset for the benefit of the local people of interior Sindh. Matters regarding Local Bodies elections, law and order situation in the province and developmental issues in Malir, Lyari and other parts of Karachi were discussed during the meeting. Meanwhile, delegations of ANP led by Shahi Syed and PML-F led by Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh and Jam Madad Ali called on President at Chief Ministers House. ANP delegation informed the President that their party was not being taken into confidence on important issues. However, PML-F leader Imtiaz Shaikh said that they presented the draft of Local Government law 2010 prepared by their party, which could be acceptable to all the coalition partners in Sindh. Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf told the media men that President asked the Sindh government to devise plan for water distribution on the basis of availability of water because the water availability in the system has been reduced naturally. According to the Minister, the President directed the Sindh government to initiate a water conservation campaign in Sindh, besides adopting drip irrigation, sprinkle irrigation and other source of water utilisation for water saving.