Karachi, November 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that under the 18th Amendment the federal government was refusing to devolve its functions, division and ministries to the province. “This is an injustice with smaller provinces and this denial would further intensify sense of deprivation.”
This he said while talking to a delegation of Senate Functional Committee on Devolution Process led by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Mohammad Shahi, the Chairman of the committee. The other members of the delegation were Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi, Tahir Mashahdi, Taj Hyder, Atta-ur-Rehman, Mohammad Usman Khan Kakar, Saeed Ghani, and others.
The chief minister said that the former federal government of PPP had unanimously passed 18th amendment in which all the parliamentary forces and parties were taken into confidence. “In principal the federal government would have devolved the function, powers and assets of all the 18 ministries,” he said and added that this denial is bound to aggravate the sense of deprivation among the smaller provinces,” he said.
The chief minister said that the devolution of Evacuee Trust, release of funds to Population Welfare department, transfer of directorate of Central Warehouse and Supplies, and National Research Institute of Fertilizer Care Karachi, transfer of national coaching center from Pakistan Sports Board, devolution of EOBI, workers welfare fund, OECP and OPF to the provinces, provincial representatives in the federal entities, devolution of institutions/office related to fisheries, matters pertaining to higher education and similar bodies and various others were still awaited. “We have been raising voice, sending letters and notes but all of them are falling flat on the deaf ears,” he deplored and hoped the senate committee would fight the case of smaller provinces.
The chairman of the committee Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Mohammad Shahi said supporting the argument of the chief minister said that instead of devolving 18 ministries the federal government created another 12 ministries. “We have held meetings with the chief ministers of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and now are meeting with you (CM Sindh) and all of them have the same reservation,” he said and added that he was quite happy that on this devolution issue the provinces are on the same page.
He further said chief secretary Siddique Memon has give them a detailed briefing on the devolution issue and the reservation of the provincial government and also presented Sindh case in decent way. “Your case is quite strong and further we would raise this issue with the federal government,” he assured. The chief minister thanked the senate committee for being the voice f smaller provinces in the center and hoped that their efforts would definitely bear the fruit.
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