Sindh cabinet takes important decisions in its maiden meeting

Sindh cabinet takes important decisions in its maiden meeting

KARACHI - The new Sindh cabinet in its maiden meeting has taken important decisions over the provincial issues.

The cabinet has declared Thar and parts of Umerkot as drought-hit areas, and also decided to allocate land in Karachi for graveyards as well as to establish a desalination plant in the city.

The newly-appointed eight ministers and two advisors along with the chief secretary, Sindh police chief and other provincial secretaries attended the meeting, which was chaired by CM Murad Ali Shah.

Discussing the budget, CM Shah said that the last PPP government had passed a three-month budget in May to enable the caretaker government to make the necessary expenditures up to September.

It was now time for the new government to make the budget for the remaining year before the end of September and present it in the house, he said. Shah said the province’s financial situation looked grim since they had not yet received the funds that they were expecting from the federal government.

Raising the issue of the use of the Governor House, cabinet members informed that the federal government had decided to vacate the Governor Houses in all four provinces. Therefore, the necessary decision needs to be taken in this regard.

The CM then asked the Board of Revenue’s Senior Member Iqbal Durani as to who held the title of the property of the Sindh Governor House. He was informed that Governor House and its property belonged to the Sindh government.

The cabinet proposed that the house be converted into a museum, while its land should be turned into a public park. Taking about new water supply schemes in Karachi, the chief minister directed the local government minister to start work on a war footing to install a desalination plant in Karachi so that water scarcity could be resolved as soon as possible.