Businessmen should be given reserve seats in assemblies: Muneer
Karachi, April 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): Government should allocate reserve seats for business community’s representatives in the national assembly and senate, this was demanded by the leader of the business community and Chief Guest, S M Muneer at a dinner reception hosted by Korangi Association of Trade and industry (KATI) in honour of caretaker Minister on I.T, Mian Zahid Hussain on Monday night.
S M Muneer said that like in other countries where business community is being given representation in their assemblies should also be recognized here in Pakistan considering their remarkable contribution in Pakistan’s economy.
He said that Pakistan is a country tied up with bureaucratic chains and economic reforms are unlikely unless and until the business community is given representation in the assemblies. He strongly opposed to ban on businessmen carrying arms under Section 144 imposed by the government. He made it clear that no businessman is brandishing arms but only keeping it as deterrent considering the critical situation of law and order.
He said that load-shedding in industrial areas is alarming and Governor Sindh should intervene into the matter and get the dispute between KESC and SSGC resolved. He asked the caretaker government to order KMC to properly perform its duties as after the ouster of Muhammad Husain Syed no civic work is being done in the city and heaps of garbage are seen all over the city.
He asked the government to bring in a full time and competent administrator in KMC as soon as possible. He said that law and order situation is getting little better but yet to be normalized and caretaker government should have taken serious steps to maintain law and order and hold free and fair elections. Minister of Information Technology, Mian Zahid Hussain said that though he got very little time to perform but he has taken serious steps to promote information technology in the province.
He said that e-policing system in the government departments is being introduced which would be very helpful to curb irregularities in the government departments. He informed that an IT seminar is being planned in order to create awareness and find ways and means to speedy computerization of government departments and introduce high-tech systems to facilitate the people.
He said that he would be available to the business community as well as to the general public all the time during his tenure and try to resolve their issues to his level best. Speaking on the occasion the Chairman Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, Mohammad Zubair Chhaya said that the businessmen should be exempted from carrying arms as they are extremely in distress and frequently receiving threats from ‘Bhatta Mafia’ and need to carry arms and guards for their security.
He pointed out that though law and order and situation in Karachi particularly in industrial areas has been improved a little but the government has to make serious measures to fully restore law and order in the city.
Vice Presidents, FPCCI Shaheen Ilyas Sarwana and Gulzar Firoz vowed to make efforts for revival of national economy and asked the trade and industrial bodies to send their proposals for the forthcoming budget so that they could be taken up with the power corridors. Special Assistant to CM, Sharfuddin Memon said on the occasion that issue of exempting the businessmen to carry arms would be resolved in a couple of days.
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