HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali has said that MQM-Pakistan does not talk about the division of Sindh whenever it joins coalition with PPP.
“This is why we have invited them to quit the PTI government in the Center and join the Sindh government as a coalition partner.”
He was talking to media just after performing the inauguration of the Rehabilitation Center of District Headquarters Hospital Badin. He was accompanied by Minister Agriculture Ismail Rahu, MNA Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Senator Sikandar Mendhro, MPA Taj Mohammad Malah, and others.
To a question, the chief minister said that MQM stopped talking about the division of Sindh whenever it entered into a coalition with the PPP government in Sindh. “This is why we have offered them to join us in Sindh and quit PTI government in the Center,” he said and added PPP wanted them to be a partner with PPP to serve poor people of the province.
To another question, Mr. Shah said that there was a mafia in educational boards. “We created A separate department of Universities & Boards which have controlled tempering with answer copies to some extent,” he said and added still the dept (U&B) has to work hard against examination mafias.
Replying to a question, he said that his government has allocated Rs20 billion for the provision of safe and clean drinking water schemes all over Sindh. “We have given you good road network in Badin, gave you the best hospital and Inshallah will be given a water supply scheme very soon,” he told people of Badin and added “ you had deposed your confidence in PPP in last general elections and we would be serving you to the best of our abilities.
He said that he has directed Indus Hospital network CEO, Dr. Abdul Bari, to prepare a 10-year plan that was needed in District Badin. “We will establish a university or medical college or nursing Institute – whatever is needed we will establish here in Badin,” he vowed.
Talking about bulldozing of katchra houses constructed on encroached land, the chief minister said that the cabinet has already taken its decision that houses would not be removed until and unless alternative arrangements were made. However, he said that no new encroachment would be allowed at any cost.
To a question, Murad Ali Shah said that he was working hard to establish a right of people of Sindh on the natural gas being produced from Sindh “Out of eight members of CCI five supported him in implementation of Article 158 of the constitution,” he said and thanked the CCI for supporting him.
To a question about locust swarm, the chief minister said that the Plant Protection Department of the federal government was responsible for the spray but their aircraft were out of order and had no funds for the purpose. “I gave them Rs10 million grant to start their work but that also couldn’t happen accordingly,” he said and added he has given directives to his Agriculture Minister Ismail Rahu to hire aircraft from UAE and China to spray the deserts where they have settled for breeding.
Inaugural ceremony: Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that under the vision of Shaheed Mohterma Benazir Bhutto a model for public-private partnership (PPP) was envisaged. “ The objective was to involve public sector with the government for dear service delivery in different sectors, particularly in health and education,” he said and added that he was proud to say that the PPP mode in Sindh has delivered best services to the people of the province in the health sector.
Shah said that he wanted to take Indus Hospital People to Sehwan but Dr. Sikandar Mendhro, being a doctor brought to Badin, he said in a lighter mood.
Talking about Physical Rehabilitation Center, the chief minister said that it was the fourth in Pakistan where artificial limbs were prepared and fixed to the patients to rehabilitate them. “This Center provides a great service to poor people of entire Lar area of the province,” he said.
The chief minister said that he visited the Physical Rehabilitation Centre and saw various children were being treated and trained after fixing them artificial limbs.
Shah deplored that the new Medical gratulates who come into the field lack dedication in their work. “This quite deplorable and need to be addressed,” he said. He added that there were a shortage of doctors, nurses, and technicians in the hospitals all over Sindh. “We had appointed 6000 doctors but even then shortage persists,” he said.
The chief minister said that he never loses his temper in meetings m, except the meetings of the health department. “I always insist them [Dr] to be best in their profession,” he said.
He said that in order to overcome the shortage of doctors, he offered incentives to the medical professionals working abroad but hardly a few of them came back.
Shah said that most of the doctors joined politics and civil service but they always write doctor with their names, he told Dr. Sikandar Mendhro in a lighter mood.