KARACHI -  Mayor Wasim Akhtar said contractual employees are part of the manpower like regular employees in Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and we want to solve their problems soon so that they could perform their duties with full concentration.

“Our topmost priority is that all contract employees to get permanent jobs and protection for which efforts are underway,” says mayor.

He was addressing a meeting on the recruitments in KMC and contractual employees. The meeting was also attended by the municipal commissioner Dr Syed Saif-ur-Rehman, Chairman of Finance Committee Nadeem Hidayat Hashmi, Chairman Parks Committee Khurram Farhan, Advisor to Mayor Karachi Farhat Khan, Director HRM Tasneem Ahmed, Director Technical to Mayor Karachi S M Shakaib, Director Jamil Farooqui, ADLFA Muhammed Farid and other officers.

The mayor said we did not want to deprive anyone of his job because this is an issue of whole family and not of just one person.

He said the appointment procedure in KMC will be made transparent and in accordance to the rules and regulations. Priority will be given to contractual staff on the basis of their experience.

He said we want to solve the issue of contract employees on permanent basis and all directives of the Supreme Court and the rules given in the SLGO 2013 will be considered while appointing the staff in KMC.

A committee has been formed headed by the municipal commissioner which will decide such cases after reviewing the legal and other aspects.

Meanwhile, Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said parks and playgrounds are public property therefore no encroachments will be allowed in these parks. We need to promote healthy activities among our youth so their energy could be used in a better dimension. KMC providing better sports and recreation facilities to people besides providing them basic municipal facilities.

He expressed these views while visiting and inspecting development works in various parks of Baldia Town, North Nazimabad and Orangi Town along with the chairman of finance committee Nadeem Hidayat Hashmi, chairman parks committee Khurram Farhan and other officers of parks and horticulture.

The mayor also met with the people of area and listened to their problem who complained about scarcity of water in their area.

He said he knew how people are suffering due to short or no supply of water, however the water and sewerage system was controlled by the Sindh government and we are in contact with the higher authorities in this connection.

Reviewing the condition of playground in Baldia town he issued various directives and said this ground was in very bad condition but we have now started its rehabilitation which will complete soon.

He also visited different parks of Orangi town and North Nazimabad and directed to complete all these works immediately.

He said parks and play grounds provides recreation to citizens of Karachi and therefore these facilities should be in best condition and also properly maintained.