KARACHI        -     Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided over a preparatory meeting for the CCI meeting the prime minister has called on December 11, 2019.

The chief minister reviewed the agenda and directed department of inter-provincial coordination (IPC) department to make necessary preparations for the meeting by arranging all the relevant summaries so that he could present his government’s point of view in all the important issues, including 1991 water accord, energy policy, return of withholding tax the FBR deducted directly from provincial excise department account and such others matters.

The IRSA has issued NOC for installation of 25 MW Hydropower project located on Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal in October 2019.The provincial government is of the view that the IRSA was not a competent forum to issue such an NOC, therefore the matter should be taken up in CCI.

The chief minister said that CJ link canal was not a perineal canal and even not a flood canal because it has no assured supplies through the year. He added that when it has no allocation of water in 1991 accord how a Hydro power project could be installed there.

Murad directed the irrigation department to prepare a case and present him within a week.

EOBI

By virtue of 18thconstitutional amendment, the Sindh Assembly passed The Sindh Workers Welfare Fund Act, 2014 and The Sindh Employees Old-Age Benefit Act, 2014, therefore the both workers welfare ordinance of 1976 and Old-Age Benefit Act, 1976 had been repealed to the extent of Sindh. The chief minister said that the federal government should hand over the administrative control of WWF and EOBI, including assets due share may be provided to Sindh. He directed Labour department to prepare the case accordingly.

Petroleum

Policy 2012

The federal government has proposed an amendment in Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Policy 2012 under which 5 percent carried working interest concept has been incorporated. It means the provincial government will have to pay five percent expenditures of carried work even if the exploration is failed.

The chief minister said that his government was against such a ‘carried working interest,’ and it would be a big drain to the provincial resources. He urged the energy department to prepare a case accordingly.

Food authorities & PSQCA

An issue between the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and provincial food authorities has emerged over their role as quality controlling and regulatory authority. The Sindh government feels that after 18thamendment, food articles being the provincial domain, is subject to be regulated, inspected, registered, licensed and enforced by the provincial food authorities in their respective province, the chief minister said and directed food authority to prepare the case and submit him for the meeting.

Funding for

devolved program

 

Ministry of health on June 30, 2011 had devolved all its vertical programs were devolved to the province. The CCI in its meeting on April 28, 2011 had decided that federal government would provide funding only for the vertical programs till next NFC award. Murad said that around Rs13 billion, as liability or claim of Sindh government needed to be expeditiously disbursed by the federal government and directed health department to prepare a case for him.

Deduction by FBR

The excise & taxation department told the chief minister that the FBR on account of withholding tax has deducted over Rs8 billion at sources from provincial government account.

The chief minister directed the Excise & Taxation department to prepare the case in details and mention the meetings they have been holding with FBR so that the amount could be reimbursed from CCI forum. 

Murad told his cabinet members and concerned secretary to submit their detailed cases in his secretariat and he would hold another meeting to firm up his recommendations for the CCI meeting.