Karachi, February 10, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Sindh Cabinet has decided to set an initial procurement target of 9 lakh tons of wheat for new crop and fixed minimum price of Rs1300 per 40 kg. Meanwhile, the cabinet demanded the federal government to lift 700,000 tons of wheat from Sindh because Sindh suffered a huge loss due to wrong policy of federal government under which import of 700,000 tons of wheat from Ukraine was allowed.
These decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting held here with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in the chair. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro, provincial ministers Syed Muard Ali Shah, Manzoor Wassan, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Dr Sikander Mendhhro, Gianchand Israni, Sharmila Farooqi, Rubina Qaimkhani, Jam Khan Shoro and others.
The cabinet approving the new wheat procurement policy decided to set an initial target of 900,000 tons of wheat and fixed the minimum price of 1300 per 100 kg.
Secretary Food Mr Saeed Awan briefing the cabinet said that around 9,7200 tons of wheat was lying in the godowns of the food department. The stocks piled up because the federal government, without consulting Sindh government, imported 700,000 tons of wheat from Ukraine. The entire imported wheat was sold out in Karachi, therefore the releases of wheat from the godowns of the food department could not be made.
He also said that the federal government has committed to export 400,000 tons of wheat of Sindh government against a rebate of $45 per ton. On this the chief minister said that it would not cover the losses of the Sindh government. “Sindh has suffered a huge loss of Rs9 billion. The federal government must compensate our government,” he said.
The cabinet on the proposal of Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon unanimously demanded the federal government to lift 700,000 tons of its wheat from Sindh or financially compensate the provincial government for the losses it has incurred due to its unilateral decision.
The chief minister also directed the food department to make necessary arrangements to export 400,000 tons of wheat as decided by ECC. The cabinet with the approval of the chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah constituted a five- member sub-committee of the cabinet with Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Excise and Taxation Minister Gianchand Israni, Transport Minister Mumtaz Jakhrani and Agriculture Minister Ali Nawaz Maher to dispose of the wheat lying with the food department at the earliest.
The cabinet discussed the matter of Sindh government policy on home-based workers in detail. The Secretary Labour Mr Aijaz Mangi said that there were two categories of workers; the informal and formal. The informal workers are those who were not registered and were working in homes like maids, including children etc. The formal workers are registered with SESSI. “The Labour Department under ILO convention working to bring them in social security net,” he said.
Minister for Parliamentary Afffairs Dr Sikander Mendhro said that he was in favour of making laws to bring them in the social security net but “we should evolve a mechanism how to bring them in social security net and who would pay their contribution and how much contribution may be fixed are the basic issue to be addressed first,” he said.
On this the chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah with the approval of the cabinet constituted a committee under Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikander Mndhro, Provincial Ministers Rubina Qaimkhani, Jam Khan Shoro, Sharmila Farooqi and Chief Minister Advisor on Labour Asghar Junejo to evolve a mechanism for covering the home-based workers in social security net.
Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro briefed the cabinet on the Establishment of National Curriculum Council by Federal government said that under 18th Amendment education has been devolved. “We have made necessary legislation and have worked out revision of syllabus and now the federal government is saying that the curriculum would be the same all over Pakistan,” he said.
On this issue provincial minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and Dr Sikander said that as far as discussion was concerned the federal government was welcome and as far policy decision is concerned it was now a provincial subject but good ideas of the federal government would be welcomed on the curriculum of secondary education. The curriculum of primary level would be made on provincial level.
LAW and ORDER:
Inspector General of police Mr Ghulam Hyder Jamali briefing the cabinet on the law and order said that there was a significant decline in the crime in the province. “In 2010 100771 cases were reported and in 2011 they came down to 83577, in 2012 it came to 78181, in 2013 it further came down to 75325 and in 2014 the number of cases was 62495,” he said.
Talking about police performance the IGP said that in 2014 some 592 dacoits, terrorists and kidnappers were killed while in 2015 , 71 criminals have been killed. “In 2015, some 13,141 criminals were arrested and in 20015 1099 arrested.”
Giving details of the targeted operation the IGP said that 2857 persons were killed in 2013 while the number of cases came down to 1,775 in 2014. This shows a reduction of 1,088 cases. Similarly, the targeted killing which was recorded at 1,814 in 2013 has came down to 1,775 in 2014.
This also shows a reduction of 897 cases. There were 539 cases of extortion in 2013 and in 2014 they came down to 434. This has show a reduction of 105 cases. There were 41 terrorism cases in 2013 and in 2014 only 26 cases were reported. In 2014 there were 116 cases of kidnapping for ransom and in 20144 the number of cases came down to 98. This shows a difference of 18 cases.
The Chief Minister appreciating the efforts and sacrifices of the Sindh police said that the crime rate has come down. “I am giving you a target to resolve the Shikarpur bomb blast cases a the earliest. I want to see the results of another case of bomb blast at shrine of Hajanshah at Shikarpur,” he directed.
On the complaint of the Minister Ginachand Israni the chief minister directed the IG police to provide security to the people of Hindu Community and ensure protection of their temples. “The minorities are the beauty of Sindh and they are peaceful people I would never allow any kind of crime against them,” said. Provincial Minister for Finance and Energy Mr Murad Ali Shah presented Provincial Power policy under which 5 to 30 MW power producers would be encouraged. The cabinet approved the policy.
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