KARACHI (APP) - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Monday told Sindh Assembly that European Union committed a grant of 39 million Euro spread over a period of four years to assist Sindh Governments Education Sector Reform programme for which an agreement was signed on 22-11-2006. Replying a question of Arif Mustafa Jatoi during question hour, the Chief Minister said first trance of Euro 9.50 million was expected to be released in financial year 2007-08. However, due to deviation from the agreed parameters in respect of recruitment of teachers, the release was delayed as EU delegation visited Sindh on September 3, 2007 and expressed their concerns over recruitment of teachers and because of this the amount was not disbursed till August 29, 2008. He said that on providing evidence regarding merit-based recruitment on Sept 8, 2008, the grant has been released by EU to the Federal Government on Oct 14,2008. He said that first instalment of the amount was received only after the present government held out an assurance that teachers recruitment would be made on merit with all transparency. He informed that this government has also received a portion of 300 million dollar grant of World Bank. The Chief Minister said that Sindh Government has to recruit 20,000 teachers including 10,000 in the current year and it is because of our performance that we have received money from EU and WB. Replying another question of same member, the Minister gave year-wise number of villages electrified during January 1 to December 31, 2008. He informed that in the year 2008, a total of 636 villages were electrified as against 870 in 2007 and 757 in 2006. When Nusrat Sehar Abbasi from opposition asked why Larkana was ignored in all these years when only 5 villages were electrified in 2006, 02 in 2007 and 7 in 2008, the Chief Minister quipped that Larkana was considered a non-touchable district when the opposition was in power.