Karachi (HRNW)- Sindh Minister for Information and Labor Saeed Ghani alongwith Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said that the Sindh cabinet approved that following the “Ease of doing Business Reforms” there would be no registration fee for registration of shop. He said that now if anyone opens a new shop for doing business, he would not have to pay the registration fee, while the registration would be done online without any fee. He said this while briefing the journalists after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Sindh Minister for Local Government, Forest & Wildlife, Religous Affairs Syed Nasir Hussain Shah was also present on the occasion. The Cabinet meeting was presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. All the provincial ministers, advisers, chief secretary and other relevant officers attended the meeting. Saeed Ghani said that Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah while addressing the members of the cabinet said that, since it was the first cabinet meeting of the year, therfore everyone should vow to remain committed towards working for the welfare of the people as much as possible. He also directed the cabinet members to try to get the ongoing development works completed as soon as possible. About various others decisions taken during the cabinet meeting Sindh Minister for Information, Archives and Labor Saeed Ghani has said that the provincial cabinet in its meeting had asked all departments to submit the facility-wise vacancy position to the Chief Minister’s House by January 15. Saeed Ghani said that the Chief Minister Sindh had directed all the departments to state their position with regard to the number of vacancies available with them, so that the vacancies could be advertised for recruitment.
Sindh Minister for Information, Archives and Labor Saeed Ghani said that the Sindh cabinet again expressed serious concern that the federal government had yet to transfer the assets of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation to the provinces even after the passage of years since the passing of 18th Amendment. The provincial cabinet decided that the Sindh government would write a letter to the federal government regarding the transfer of these properties to the provincial government, the the minister said. Under the 18th amendment the ministry of Tourism had been devolved to the provinces. The Minister said that during the briefing the cabinet was informed that the assets of PTDC that had been yet to be devolved to Sindh included the tourist information centre in Karachi, a 14 room motel at Hawkesbay, the tuorism information centre in Thatta, a 13 room motel at Moenjodaro, and a piece of land of PTDC in Sukkur.
BLUE CARBON INITIATIVE
Saeed Ghani said that the cabinet after discusdion approved to go ahead for signing an agreement with Calcum Environmental Solution Pvt Ltd under Sindh Blue Carbon initiative. Under this agreement the private party would invest Rs 25 million, he added. The Minister said that the cabinet was informed that the Blue Carbon is the carbon stored and sequestered in coastal ecosystem such as mangrove forest, seagrass meadows, or intertidal saltmarshes. Provincial cabinet was informed that mangroves had been planted in Delta on an area of five lakh acres in Indus. While, Sindh Forest Department would plant mangroves on 2.5 million hectares area under Public Private Partnership.
REGULARIZATION OF ILLEGAL JETTIES
Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani said that Sindh Cabinet also approved regularization of all illegal jetties. He said that Fisheries Minister Abdul Bari Patafi while briefing the cabinet told that influential people had made their private jetties and that there was no legal check on them. He said that owing to these illegal jetties a loss of four to five billion rupees was being incurred annually. The provincial minister said that the cabinet was also informed that there were 33 illegal jetties operating at this moment in time. It included 12 in Ibrahim Haidri, five in Maripur, six in Thatta-Badin, Sakro and Gharo, while 10 in Balochistan belt. After regularizing these jetties, a monitoring system would be installed in them, he added.
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH RULES
The Cabinet also approved Sindh Occupational Safety and Health Rules, Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani said. The provincial Minister for Information said that under these rules, every employer would had to set up a safety committee. The cabinet was told that these Rules were finalized after consultating with all the stakeholders, and that the word ‘Workers’ mentioned in these rules would also be used for agriculture workers.
Saeed Ghani told that the Sindh cabinet after discussion also permitted trophy hunting in Sindh. He said that the cabinet was informed that the trophy hunting did not take place in the protected area. The cabinet was told that the population of ibex in Kohistan was 26,000 and they lived in the protected area. Provincial Minister for Information explained that the hunting had been permited of only those animals that lived outside the protected area.
Provincial Minister for Information and Labour Saeed Ghani said that the cabinet after consultation deferred the matter of deceased quota and that the chief secretary had been asked to come to the next meeting with further suggestions in this regard. He said that the cabinet had instructed all the departments that whenever any of their employee died, they should write a letter to his family members and inform them about availing job under deceased quota. Furthermore, the departments had also been instructed to clearly mention in the offer letters that in case of death the job would be offered to one of the family members. The cabinet was informed that under the deceased quota, the job was being offered to the child or the wife of the deceased.
CONFIRMATION OF VC TANDO JAM UNIVERSITY
The Sindh cabinet also confirmed Professor Mujeebuddin Memon’s appointment as Vice Chancellor Tandojam University, Saeed Ghani said. He said that the court had declared Professor Mujibuddin Memon’s appoinment by Sindh Government as Vice Chancellor Tandojam University illegal because of the fact that it had not been confirmed by the cabinet, but it had now been verified.
INCREASE IN QOUTA OF BLOOD BAGS
Saeed Ghani said that Sindh Cabinet also approved the demand of Indus Hospital to increase its quota of keeping blood bags from 20,000 to 70,000 in Jamshoro. Sindh Cabinet was informed that four Regional Blood Centers had been established in Sindh with German cooperation. These blood Centers were located in Karachi, Jamshoro Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad. The cabinet was informed that the capacity of the Karachi Blood Center was 20,000 bags.
SHI’ITE MARRIAGE AND HERITAGE BILL
Saeed Ghani said that Sindh Cabinet also approved the demand of Indus Hospital to increase its quota of keeping blood bags from 20,000 to 70,000 in Jamshoro. Sindh Cabinet was informed that four Regional Blood Centers had been established in Sindh with German cooperation. These blood Centers were located in Karachi, Jamshoro Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad. The cabinet was informed that the capacity of the Karachi Blood Center was 20,000 bags. Responding to a question, Minister of Information Saeed Ghani said that the cabinet also did away with the issue of installing trackers in motorcycles. In response to another question, Saeed Ghani said that the Sindh government’s measures improved the country’s ranking.