Karachi, April 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Fisheries and Livestock Department to complete Fishermen colony at Manchhar by the end of May so that it could be inaugurated. “I want the fishermen must be settled there as soon as possible.”
These directives he issued while presiding over a joint meeting of Fisheries and Livestock Department with Planning and Development. Secretary Finance Mr Sohail Rajput also attended the meeting. Those who attended the meeting were Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Jam Khan Shoro, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, ACS (Development) Waseem Ahmed, Secretary Fisheries and Livestock Noor Mohammad Leghari and other concerned senior officers.
Provincial Minister for Fisheries and Livestock briefing the chief minister said that fisheries department has launched fishermen colonies at Kinjhar, Manchhar and Zero-point Badin at a cost of Rs482 million. Each colony has 100 housing units. Apart from two-room, corridor and courtyard with toilets each colony has a community centre, a mosque, school and dispensary.
He said that the colony established at Manchar is almost been completed. 78 housing units have been constructed. The colony at Keejhar is ready to inaugurate but a portion of its civil work is yet to be completed. “This colony has the distinction to have its own RO plant to provide sweet water to the residents while it would have also community centre, mosque, dispensary and school,” he said. On this the chief minister asked the minister to fix the date to inaugurate it and hand over the allotment letters to the fishermen.
On the request of Mr Shoro the chief minister directed finance department to release required funds to the livestock department so that it could be completed by the end of next month. It may be noted that the fishermen colony at Keenjhar is located on the main road leading to Hyderabad.
Talking about the fishermen colony of Zero-point Badin the minister told the chief minister that 78 housing units structure has been completed. “Plaster of walls and other touch up are in progress. It would be completed by the end of December 2015,” he assured.
The chief minister asked the minister about the progress of the cattle colonies being established at Umerkot, Naukot and Khairpur. The minister told the chair that livestock has launched these schemes for Rs1441 million. Under the scheme 25 shades are being established in each colony where about 100 cattle could be kept in a better atmosphere.
These colonies, excluding of Khairpur would be completed by the end of this financial year. “The farmers would be given shades with an attendant room and a store room on a 30 year extendable lease on easy instalments.” he said. The additional Chief Secretary (Development), Mr Waseem Ahmed briefing the meeting said that in the ADP livestock and Fisheries sector has 27 schemes, of them 22 are on-going and four are new and one is of World Bank scheme.
He said that in Livestock sector has 20 schemes, of them 16 are on-going and three are new while one of WB. In this ways fisheries department has 6 development projects in which five are on-going and one is new. For the current financial year the allocation for this sector is Rs2070.670 million, of them Rs1549.045 for livestock and Rs521.641 million for fisheries and Rs1464.545 million for on-going scheme and Rs84.500 million for new schemes. The ACS development requested the chair that the development may be asked to complete the projects in time.
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