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Sindh youth policy to be approved soon, SA told.


KARACHI -- Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Friday said that the draft of youth policy in Sindh had been sent to the chief minister for approval and would soon be approved for implementation.

This he said during the Sindh Assembly session on Friday, presided over by the Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani. Responding to a call attention notice from MQM lawmaker Rana Ansar as to why Sindh youth policy is not approved, the minister said that although a youth policy draft was sent to the chief minister for approval in 2012, however, due to lack of comprehensiveness, it was returned for some amendments. 'Now after consultations from lawmakers, youth leaders and people from different walks of life, a policy draft is being sent to the chief minister in October 2017,' he said adding that the draft would soon be approved by the chief minister.

He said that youth comprises of 65 percent of Pakistani population and PPP has the credit to introduce a separate department for them in order to properly address their issues. Khurram Sher Zaman raised the issue of lack of provision of facilities in development authorities in Karachi Hyderabad and Sehwan through a call attention notice.

To this, the Minister for Local government Jam Khan Shoro refused to comment on it saying that it was a complete question rather than a call attention.

He, however, termed the information from the lawmaker as incomplete and said that the societies under these development authorities were not provided by KE, Wapda, SSGC and other organizations due to lack of residences or other issues.

'Some of the people had also gone in litigation in these societies, causing a delay in provision of facilities,' he said.

To another call attention from PPP lawmaker Awais Qadir Shah regarding non implementation of teaching Sindh in private schools across the province, the Minster for education Jam Mehtab Dahar said that in Matric system, the Sindhi education is must and a paper is also taken in 9th class, however, schools teaching in O level system were not teaching Sindhi language and were being asked to submit a Performa regarding details of teachers appointed in school for Sindh language teaching.

The response from the minister did not pacify the members of the treasury, who tried to speak on the issue. However, the deputy speaker Shehla Raza refused to allow members which also caused a verbal fight between the two sides. The deputy speaker said that she would follow the rules and would not allow debate on the call attention. 'Those who wanted to speak should go outside and stage protest against the decision,' she said.

Adviser to Chief Minister on Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz on a call attention regarding the performance of the child protection units (CPU) said that 960 cases of children regarding missing and other issues were registered in the 29 CPU and the focal persons including the six SSP rank police officers are working their best to resolve these issues. She also invited media to visit the Dar-ul-Atfals and Darul Banat in Sindh province and said that irrespective of the non-governmental organizations led projects, media is invited to visit them at any time.

The minister also expressed his helplessness over the influence of bureaucracy in her department and said that she had to ask why the funds for CPU were not utilized from secretary and the director general of the authority is appointed without her consent.

She further took credit of forming rules for the child protection bill in 2016 despite its passage in 2014.

To a query regarding lack of provision of hostels to the female students in Sindh University from far flung Sindh areas from PLM-F lawmaker Nusrat Sehar Abbasi, the minister for education said that the hostels are already overcrowded and the university administration follows first come first policy for allocation of hostels.

He, however, said that the suggestion for giving priority to the students from far flung areas would be implemented.

To a call attention regarding, lack of appointments being made from Sindh Public Service Commission in last nine years from MQM lawmaker Kamran Akhter, the parliamentary minister said that recently 5700 doctors are being appointed after clearing SPSC test.

'The delay in appointments from SPSC was due to court restrictions,' he said and further informed that in 2013-14, 117 section officers and 47 assistant commissioners were appointed after tests but court halted their appointments and called for re test.

'Now 82 more post had become vacant on section officers and assistant commissioners posts,' he said.

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Nisar Ahmed Khuhro opposed a call attention notice from PTI lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman regarding lack of provision of clean drinking water in Sindh province over discussing a prejudice matter.

On threatening to stage walkout from Khurram Sher Zaman if his adjournment motion is not accepted, the minister lashed out at him and asked him to respect the constitutional authority of the assembly rather than acting like his leadership- Imran Khan- who cursed the parliament.

'It is unfortunate that their leader had cursed the parliament for appeasing Sheikh Rasheed and a unanimous resolution is passed from parliament against them,' he said.

He said that water issue is important and old one. He also tabled a motion to discuss an adjournment motion on the water issues in Sindh on Monday.

An audit report on account of appropriation accounts of Sindh forest department for the year, 2015-16 was also laid in the house by the Minister Nisar Khuhro.

The House proceedings were later adjourned for Monday.
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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 20, 2018
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