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Qaim Ali Shah attends reception of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries

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Karachi, January 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah toady attended reception of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries at Federation House Clifton. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Sindh said that traders, businessmen and industrialists are important out sections of any country who run the wheels of economy, and present government has taken various measures to promote trade and industrial sectors in the larger interest of country. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the main problem faced to masses and traders/industrialists was crises of energy.

He said that this problem is very old one and our last government under the leadership of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had announced package of Rs: 192.00 Billion for Karachi to cope up with energy problem by establishing power generation at Keti Bander.

He said that in case the project was implemented, there would have been no crisis of energy etc and not only we would have fulfilled our requirements, but there would have been export of electricity and gas, as 8000 MW power would have been produced, but the next government ended that project, and there was reply in senate that there is power and gas in excess as such there is no need to spend money unnecessarily. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that recently in a meeting of council of common interests, it was admitted that our country should have dependent on coal in maximum and power be generated accordingly.

Chief Minister Sindh added that our coal is of high quality like Germany standard while there is power generation on Coal in India. He added that the development lies in un-interrupted flow of energy. He said that initiatives have been taken to generate power through wind energy and wind corridor near Dhabaji is suitable for 50,000 MW power generation.

He added that recently Fauji Foundation has started to generate 50 MW power through Wind Energy and now Turkey firms have expressed their willingness to generate power through Wind Energy. Chief Minister Sindh said that there, our shortage of is 4500 MW and in case full attention is given to Wind energy project we can fulfill the need easily. With regard to public – private partnership projects, the Chief Minister Sindh said that Sindh is the first province of Pakistan which has completed Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas dual carriage way within 3-years at the cost of $600 Million by a Korean firm.

He added that under PPP policy, the Korean firm has undertaken construction work of 80Km road from Hyderabad to Tando Muhammad Khan to Badin, while work is in advance at Thar Coal Power project. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that at present 8-Blocks have been developed where various foreign firms are engaged in power generation.

He stressed upon traders businessmen to come forward and work for schemes aimed at to fulfill the needs of country. He said that this is Pakistan and there may be government of any party as the same will come with the cooperation of people which will not work against the interests of people, traders, businessmen or industrialists.

He said that there should be preference to people first and power (Chair) later as, the thought of first priority to power and not the people is totally wrong. Chief Minister Sindh further said that due to NFC Award, Sindh province is being paid Rs:50 Bn to Rs: 60 Billion.

He said that Sindh produces 60% gas of the country and as such necessary share of gas be provided. Referring to situation of production of agriculture products, Syed Qaim Ali Shah added that with the blessings of almighty Allah, Sindh province is in surplus in many commodities, as such the Sindh Government made export of 2-Lac Tounes of wheat last year and this year we will export 4 Lac Tounes of wheat.

Chief Minister Sindh said that Sindh province is such as far as manpower and natural resources are concerned as besides wheat, rice, sugarcane, pulses and vegetables, the province is rich in fruit preferably mango, Banana, dates etc, and traders and businessmen should take advantage of the same accordingly.

He said that the provincial government had trained 1,60,000 youth in 63 trades and those trained youth are getting suitable jobs in and out the country. He stressed that industrialists should invest in various projects in interior Sindh, for which necessary incentives will be provided to them. Regarding Law and Order situation the Chief Minister Sindh said that it is responsibility of Government to protect the lives and properties of people general public.

He added that killings, criminal activities and terrorism can not be tolerated at any cost and all out efforts are being evolved to control the situation and menace of those anti-social and anti-state elements will eliminated.

He said that there is only 27000 force for 2 crore population of Karachi, and it is the present government has doubled the salaries of Police constables from Rs: 7000/= to Rs: 14000/=. CM Sindh said that those police officials who are martyred, the affected families are now being paid Rs: 20 Lac, while accommodation is being constructed and latest equipments are being provided to them. He added that every serious and heinous crime is being claimed by Tehrik Talikban Pakistan, while there was more crime before our elected government.

He said many examples including attack on corp. commander Karachi, who escaped due to bullet proof vehicle while his guards were martyred. Syed Qaim Ali Shah informed that present government has appointed 1,50,000 youth in government jobs. Chief Minister Sindh on the occasion announced Rs: 5 Lac as compensation to affected family of driver of Federation of Chambers, who was killed by criminals. Earlier, Chairman Sindh Investment Board Mr. Zubair Motiwala, Special Assistant to CM. Mr. Pehlaj Mal, I.G Police Sindh Mr. Fayaz Ahmed Leghari gave replies to queries of members of Federation. Acting President of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries Mr. Iqbal Dawood Pakwala in his welcome address highlighted the services of Chief Minister Sindh while Amna Ahmed Pak Wala, Mrs. Kosar Perveen Junejo, M.A Jabbar and others highlighted some problems. The function was largely attended by traders, businessmen, industrialists and elite of city.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +9221 99202019
Cell: +92300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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