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Solar energy projects also upcoming to beat energy crisis: Qaim.

HYDERABAD, July 17, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that besides the option of Thar Coal, the projects of Solar Energy are also on way to get rid of the energy crises, load-shedding and to boost -up industrialisation in the province. The Chief Minister said this while addressing the 16th anniversary of Shaheed Dr. Muhammad Ismail Odhejo, organised by Shaheed Dr. Mohammad Ismail Odhejo Memorial Committee in collaboration with Pakistan Peoples Party District Badin at Matli on Friday. The Chief Minister informed that he held meeting with the management of a company who expressed its interest in production of solar energy in the province and added that his government is planning to establish solar energy plant having capacity of 50 Megawatts in each district of the province. He said that the utilisation of Thar coal reserves for electricity production is also in progress and hopefully not only Sindh but the entire country would get rid of load-shedding within shortest possible time. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said his government has neither compromised on the rights of Sindh nor would do so in future which can be gauged from the governments stand on Kala Bagh Dam, implementation of 1991 Water Accord, NFC Award and ownership of Thar coal reserves. He thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for closing the chapter of Kala Bagh Dam Project and accepting ownership of Sindh on the Thar coal reserves. Criticizing the nationalists, Syed Qaim Ali Shah who is also the President of PPP Sindh, questioned why the nationalists had remained tight- lipped on the influx in Sindh during the period of dictators? He said that these anti-democratic elements are misguiding and black mailing the innocent people of Sindh but would not achieve their motives, because of the services being rendered by PPP for the poor people of Sindh. He said that considering the law and order as essential for national security and development, President Asif Ali Zardari took a bold step and launched the operation against terrorists in Swat and Waziristan areas but some undemocratic elements found a way to oppose the government action on pretext of IDPs issue and tried to destabilise the democratic government. He added that the workers and leaders of PPP have rendered matchless sacrifices only for the cause of the common people and the country. He said that though PPP came into power in a difficult condition when the world was passing through a severe economic recession, compelling even developed countries in retrenching their employees yet PPP due to its right policies not only faced the situation successfully but provided jobs to at least 0. 1 million job seekers. Besides, he said those who had been forcibly deprived of their jobs in national institutions are also being restored. He said that at present training is being provided to 41,000 youths in different trades and professions with a stipend under Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Youth Development programme and added that after completion of their training in the month of August 2009, they would be absorbed in the relevant organisations. He said this year such training would be provided to 70,000 youths. The Chief Minister further said that in the Budget 2009-2010, Rs 55 billion have been earmarked for development works, Rs 2. 5 billion for prevention and treatment of Hepatitis diseases. He said that the annual allocation in education sector has been increased upto one hundred percent and added that the incentive of providing money to each girl student has also been increased from Rs 1000/- to Rs 2400/- per annum while the same stipend in the Thar areas has been increased up to Rs 3400/-. In addition to that, the Chief Minister said the government is planning to provide milk and biscuits to the school children to keep them healthy. Similarly, the government is paying three times more salary to each doctor, performing welfare services in the desert and backward areas to facilitate the poor people, he added. Lauding the services of Shaheed Dr. Mohammad Ismail Odhejo, the Sindh Chief Minister said that he belonged to a middle class family and was a talented member of his cabinet. He said that he was very sympathetic to the poor people and a true worker of PPP. Dr. Odhejo rendered sacrifices and good services for the party. The Chief Minister announced a development package for Matli which is the home town of Shaheed Dr. Muhammad Ismail Odhejo. Sindh Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, Sindh Minister for Local government Agha Siraj Durrani, MNA Mahesh Malani, District President PPP Badin Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, Ex-district Nazim Badin Kamal Khan Chang and Saleem Odhejo, son of Dr. Muhammad Ismail Odhejo also addressed the participants of the ceremony and eulogised the services of Dr. Mohammad Ismail Odhej. Earlier, soon after his arrival, the Chief Minister visited the mazar of Dr. Muhammad Ismail Odhejo and offered fateha and laid a chaddar on his mazar.

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