Sindh CM unfreezes Rs208bn for 4,158 ongoing, new uplift schemes

Murad okays Rs336bn for flood rehabilitation, Rs11bn for agri-seeds for farmers

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reviewed the ongoing development portfolio of different departments on Monday morning at the CM House and decided to unfreeze Rs208.113 billion for 4,158 ongoing and other schemes so that work could be started. It may be noted that the chief minister froze all the development funds due to the emergency of heavy rains and floods that wreaked havoc in the province.

The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Syed Nasir Shah, Zia Abbas Shah, Jam Khan Shoro, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, P&D Chairman Hassan Naqvi, Finance Secretary Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary to CM Rahim Shaikh, Local Government Secretary Najam Shah, Works Secretary Imran Atta, Irrigation Secretary Sohail Qureshi, P&D Member Fatah Tunio and other officers concerned.

The P&D chairman briefing the chief minister said that 4,185 schemes were going on with an allocation of Rs204.652 billion against which 119.649 billion were released but the amount was frozen by the government. The CM reviewed the ongoing schemes, including 1,182 schemes of Rs58.345 billion that were likely to be completed by the end of the financial year, 2022-23, and were given total funds installments but were frozen by the government.

Another 333 schemes of Rs98.831 billion likely to be completed in the current financial year were given total funds in three installments but were frozen. Also, Rs95.969 billion was being released for 991 schemes in four installments to be completed during the current financial year. The funds were frozen by the government.

The chief minister taking a policy decision decided to unfreeze Rs204.652 billion so that 4,158 schemes could be completed during the current financial year.

Flood Rehabilitation:

The chief minister was told that Rs336 billion would cost the government to undertake flood rehabilitation emergency projects. They include Rs48 billion for flood control & rehabilitation of irrigation & drainage infrastructure projects, Rs22 billion for rehabilitation of major roads infrastructure, rehabilitation of water supply & drainage system, Rs9 billion for Rescue 1122 enhancing response for emergency services, Rs16. 90 billion for livestock restoration project, Rs110 billion for the housing reconstruction project, R294 billion for Sindh human capital investment project, and Rs24.2 billion for Sindh water and agriculture transformation project subsidy on agriculture inputs.

Free seeds:

The chief minister said that farmers had lost their entire Kharif crops. “Therefore, we have decided to provide wheat and oils seeds to the growers for which he approved Rs11 billion. The World Bank has also pledged a $100 subsidy for agriculture inputs.”

The chief minister was told that stagnant flood/rainwater was being disposed of from the cities, towns, and agricultural lands located on the right and the left bank of the Indus River through pumps as well as gravity where it existed. The lands would be cleared by the end of this month so that Rabi crop cultivation could be started, the meeting was informed.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at hanifsamoon@gmail.com

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