Karachi, September 28, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he has decided to develop a system under which business activities, including shop would start functioning from the morning to evening. “This habit of starting business day at shops and markets would be brought to an end. This is the system operates all over the world.” This he said while addressing a programme organized by f Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) at KCCI building this evening.
He said that breaking the old habits he as a chief minister started his day early in the morning and then his cabinet members and bureaucracy followed the course and now the businessmen and traders have to follow it by opening their shops and markets right in the morning at 9 am and then end up [close] in the evening by 6 or7 pm. “I need your support for the purpose because I know the actual resistance could come from your side,” he said addressing the office-bearers of chambers.
Syed Murad Ali Shah also announced to proper timing for shadi halls and to start one-dish tradition/policy for valima/marriage function. “The concept is to reduce the financial burden of poor people,” he said. Talking about pomp and show, Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he did not believe in protocol. “I am a simple person and only believe in living simply” he said and added that he was working hard to service the people and not to disturb or annoy them with his presence.
Talking about Karachi, the chief minister said that he was born in Karachi and has seen glories and deterioration of this city. “I have walked in those streets and main roads where you [Karachiites] have gone through. “I have given ownership to this city and have launched Rs10 billion 18 projects and those would be completed by December this year.
He again criticized National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and said that they have forced the government officers not work. “When you (bureaucracy) stop your work definitely there would no case against you. This is the case that bureaucracy has voluntarily stopped to sign files – this is the case of MD SSGC and now nobody is going to take over [MD].
The chief minister said that he was improving traffic system in the city. In the first phase infrastructure of the city is being improved and then proper traffic plan of the city and the one-way roads would be designated for smooth flow of traffic. “We are going to complete bulk water supply K-IV project within two years and by the time its second phase would be started,” he assured.
He said that he was keen to develop city on war footings but “government rules and procedures are so lengthy and gruesome that they take time conceive, approve and then execute a scheme,” he said and added that private sector was efficient because it has to do each and everything on their own and from their funds while government spends public funds. This is the difference, he said.
He announced to constituted a committee under advisor for Law to review the old labour laws and laws to recover professional tax, Sessi and EOBIs taxes. In the committee representatives of KCCI would also be taken. He also directed the SRB chairman Alamuddin Bullo who was present there to sit together with Chamber’s representatives and settled their double taxation issue.
The offered the KCCI members to come over and adopt schools which they want. He also urged them to adopt roundabouts, parks of the city and beautify them and also put your advertisement on that as per policy. “This is our collective responsibility to make this city beautiful and environmentally upgraded,” he said. The chief minister replying to a question said that he was taking steps to make sustainable peace in the city.
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Mr. Abdul Rasheed Channa,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
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