KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has expressed dissatisfaction over performance of some of the sections, particularly the work done on flood protective embankments from Guddu to Thatta on Indus River. Presiding over a high-level meeting of Sindh Irrigation Department, held at the Chief Minister House, the chief minister added that the President Asif Ali Zardari has directed that there should be justified distribution of water amongst growers and cultivators so as to achieve maximum crop production.The chief minister further directed to improve the performance of department in the larger interest of the province. Regarding provision of funds for development schemes, the chief minister assured that funds will be provided as per needs and specifications while there will be monitoring and vigilance of those schemes. He stressed that quality work will be encouraged and the water be provided according to land holding and crop position. The meeting was attended by Sindh Irrigation Secretary Babar Effendi, Managing Director SIDA Ahsan Leghari, Secretary to CM Sindh Agha Jan Akhtar and CE and Superintending Engineers of various circles and sections of Irrigation Department. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister, who also holds the portfolio of Irrigation with himself, said that Irrigation Department was very important department and its importance increases as the economy of our province is agro-based and water being supplied to growers under irrigation system and network plays important role for production. Qaim said that there were complaints from not only the growers and cultivators but also from the elected representatives and the complaints of corruption which would be eradicated with prompt measures. Sindh Irrigation Secretary Babar Effendi in his detailed briefing on rain/flood situation 2012, said that there was heavy monsoon rain from September 6, 2012 in upper Sindh and Balochistan and six districts of Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Larakana, Qambar, ShadadKot and Ghotki were badly affected. He added that 21627 Square Kilometers area was affected where as 49 de-watering pumps have been installed there. The Managing Director SIDA gave details of various projects of department, while the project Director on small dams presented briefing on small dams in Sindh. He said that the Kohistan region, Nagarparkar and Ubhan Shah Hill areas are main potential sites of Sindh province for constructing small dams, delay action dams, weirs and embankments to retain the run off water generated from storm rainfall.