Sindh CM says devolution system caused havoc

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah addressing a reception he hosted for industrialists e at the CM House said that the Devolution of powers [by Gen Musharraf] had played havoc with the established government system.

He said that some of the people are still singing the songs of Devolution System but they forget what the system had done with Karachi and other cities. They [city govt] had Revenue powers. “They allowed conversion of amenity plots into residential and commercial ones,” he said and added that everywhere encroachments appeared and even major nalas were not spared.

He said an established and functional government system was changed instead of introducing reforms into it. “Still we are working to recover from the damages the devolution had caused to the government system,” he said.

Talking about investment opportunities in Sindh, he said that he was establishing one-window system to facilitate the investors. “ I believe the industrialists are partners of the government, this is why We have developed Public Private Partnership (PPP) concept and it is working successfully with your (businessmen) partnership,” he said and added “we have to work hard to make the economy of this province and the country stable and we have to work together to improve education and health services in the province.”

Talking about the issues of rural area, he said water shortage is major issue to further boost agro-economy. “our government is working on canal lining so that water losses can be reduced to bring more land under cultivation,” he said.

He claimed that he was going to utilise Rs12 billion on different development schemes in the city and would complete them within six months.

He also criticized NAB for harassing government officers so that they could not perform. “But, with my close coordination and support I have developed confidence among them (government officers) and their performance is improving now,” he said.

“Some of our institutions believe that they are the only honest while all the other institutions and their officers are corrupt,” he said and urged them to stop this kind of self-conceit at least in the interest of the development of the province and the country.

Murad Shah said that he was working hard to start Karachi Circular Railway project. tomorrow (Saturday) an important CPEC joint working group is meeting with Sindh government here and We would start work on the CPEC on the birthday of Father of Nation Quaidabad-e-Azam on December 25.