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Sindh Chief Minister urges Fisheries department to operate hatcheries under Public Private Partnership mode

Karachi, January 05, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Livestock and Fisheries department to work out a plan to operate poultry, fish and shrimp hatcheries under Public Private Partnership. “The private sector is making money from the hatcheries but it the government which always sustains losses.”

This he said while presiding over a meeting to review the progress of development schemes here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Mohammad Ali Malkani, Minister for Works and services Imdad Pitafi, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Principal Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, (ACS (Dev) M. Waseem, Secretary Works Aijaz Memon, secretary Livestock and Fisheries Ghulam Hussain Memon and others.

Mohammad Ali Malkani told the chief minister that over all development portfolio of his department was Rs1798 million for 40 schemes, of them Rs1111.419 million are for Livestock and Rs686.581 million for Fisheries sectors. He said out of 40 scheme, six schemes are new and others are on-going.

He added that the scheme for Establishment of Cattle Colonies with District and Private Partnership phase –I has been launched for Rs1377.272 million at Naukot, Umerkot and Khairpur. The Works and Service Department has taken over one unit at Umerkot while the civil work of Naukot was still in progress, particularly of water supply scheme.

Secretary Livestock and Fisheries said that a scheme for expansion of poultry hatcheries and backyard farming, including poultry controlled atmosphere shed has been launched for Rs 247.376 million for Naushehroferoze, Ghotki, Kashmore, Mithi, Umerkot and Karachi. Around Rs209.675 million have been utilized but due to defective work at Ghotki, Kashmore units the P and D department’s had raised serious observations on the work. Therefore, the finance department has stopped its further funding.

He said that Rehabilitation of Pilot Shrimp Farm at Garho as Training and Research Centres launched for Rs261.792 million on which Rs203.455 million have been utilized so far. The Inspection team of P and D Department has termed the work carried by Works and Services Department unsatisfactory. Therefore work has been stopped.

The chief minister showing his displeasure directed both the ministers, Livestock and W and S to sit together and get the work done by maintaining quality and pace. “I am sorry but I cannot allow this kind of laziness and inefficiency on the part of concerned officers,” he said.

He directed Minister for Livestock and Fisheries r Mohammad Ali Malkani to work out a plan to operate fish, poultry and Shrimp hatcheries and training centres under public private partnership mode. “This is not the job of government but the government should regulate hatchery work,” he said and added that the private sectors was minting money on hatcheries but it the provincial government which was incurring huge losses.

Mr Malkani agreed with the chief minister and suggested to complete the civil work of the buildings being constructed for hatcheries and then the private sector may be invited to operate them. The chief minister directed secretary to support the fisheries department to prepare a plan to operate the hatcheries under PPP mode. He also directed Works Minister Imdad Pitafi to take strict action against the engineers of his department for carrying out quality work. “In case of failure I would take strict action against Secretary Works and Services and concerned chief engineers,” he warned and concluded the meeting.

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Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
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