Government only wants to remove ‘anomalies’ from 18th amendment: PM Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that the federal government has no disagreement with the provinces over the 18th amendment – it only seeks to remove specific “anomalies”.
The premier’s remarks came during a meeting in Karachi with senior journalists belonging to regional newspapers and news channels.
“Some federal subjects were wrongly developed in the provinces under the amendment, which would be returned to the federation and all provincial governments would be consulted for that,” he said.
Talking about the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Premier said that the National Coordination Committee (NCC) was meeting regularly and taking decisions regarding measures to prevent contagion in consensus with all the provinces.
Reiterating his stance that a strict lockout is not in force in the country due to the associated economic decline, the Prime Minister said that he was concerned about the working class, especially the daily villagers.
He said the government’s decision to “smart lockdown” not only proved that hotspot closures not only “slowed the transmission of deadly viruses”, but also helped save the economy from a major crisis. .
PM Imran said that the government would now strictly look at the enforcement of standard operating procedures.
He regretted that some elements were doing politics on the virus. “The federal government has not discriminated against any province,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was the only party that believed in the deviation of powers at the local level and the provincial government of the party carried out the same in 2013 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that local government was important to the system. Solving people’s problems at the local level.
He said that under a new system being announced by the government, the mayors of the city would be directly elected by the citizens and this would help in tackling the issues of Karachi.
To a question about locust attacks – a threat that is overshadowing the nation’s food security – the Prime Minister said an emergency was declared in the country from 31 January and that the federal government was the best to eradicate the locust Swarm was trying possible.
He said the government was in constant contact with neighboring countries including Iran and India and had taken the provinces on board to formulate a strategy to deal with locusts.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly Firdaus Shamim Naqvi and PTI MP Halim Adil Sheikh were also present during the meeting.
Tour of larkana
Later in the day, the Premier visited a Realization Emergency Cash Distribution Center in Larkana, where he was accompanied by Governor Ismail and his colleagues Social Security and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar.
Dr. Nissar said that under the EHSA Emergency Cash Program, a major portion of Rs 500 crore was distributed to Sindh in needy families.
He said that about five million families of Sindh would benefit from the cash assistance program.
In Larkana alone, 185,000 families would benefit from a distribution of 2 billion rupees. For the purpose, 36 distribution centers have been set up.
“It was decided to distribute the cash based on the 2013 census data, according to which Sindh had a share of 22%. On the Prime Minister’s directive, this ratio was increased to 31%. For this purpose, the difference will be borrowed from the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 fund.
During his visit, PM Imran interacted with daily workers such as laborers and traders, who sell their goods on carts. The car owners told the Premier that they were not allowed to sell their goods, causing great hardship to their families.
Hearing the obstacles faced by the small traders, the Prime Minister expressed great displeasure and directed that no obstacles be created for them, so that they could provide for their families.
Pay special attention to the poverty stricken areas of Sindh
A day earlier, during a meeting at the Governor’s House with members of the core committee of the PTI’s Sindh Chapter, the Prime Minister said that special attention would be paid to the poverty-stricken and backward areas of the province.
During the interaction with the Prime Minister, members of the core committee of PTI Sindh briefed him about the ongoing development projects in the province, issues related to the Sindh government and affairs of the party.
PM Imran said that the federal government is doing its best to provide relief to the people across the country during the current testing time. He said that his government realized the problems of the people and realized that the coronovirus epidemic and poverty were double challenges faced by the government.
He directed PTI MLAs to address the problems of their constituents as a top priority.
Those attending the meeting included Governor Ismail, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, MNA Aftab Siddiqui, MPAS Firdaus Shamim Naqvi, Halim Adil Sheikh, and PTI leader Ashraf Sureshi.
Development of Karachi
Earlier, in a meeting with Governor Ismail, he discussed issues related to the availability of medical care facilities in the provinces to deal with the coronovirus crisis, discussed federated fund development projects and the political situation of the province.
Stating that the development projects funded in Karachi and the rest of Sindh should be completed as soon as possible, the Prime Minister said that the development of Karachi means the development of the entire country.
He further said that Karachi was the center of economic activity in the country and full efforts were being made to develop Sindh and the port city. He said that the development of Karachi will create large scale employment opportunities for the countrymen.
Federal Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi, who was present at the meeting, informed PM Imran about interactions with various stakeholders on Karachi issues to adopt a joint strategy to resolve them.
Center allocated billions for Karachi projects
The federal government has allocated billions in the FY2020-21 budget for several projects in Karachi, shown in the budget documents.
The portion of the Green Line Rapid Transit Line under construction in Karachi – has allocated Rs 7.95 billion for intelligent transportation system.
An amount of Rs.3 billion has been allocated for the Green Line bus project and more than Rs257 billion has been allocated for the Greater Karachi Supply Scheme.
Budget documents show that 650 million and 350 million rupees were allocated respectively for the construction of Mangofir-Banaras and Nishtar-Mangopir roads.
In addition, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) fire system at the interchange on Mali Link Road and Rs.500 million for the restoration of Rs. An amount of 384 million was allocated.
The federal government also placed Rs 440 crore for road construction on the Malir dam.
Documents indicate that Rs.2 crore 90 lakh was allocated for the construction of water and drainage lines and roads in the eastern district of Karachi, while Rs 623 million and Rs120.74 million were allocated for the same project in Korangi and Central districts respectively. Were allocated.
The documents also show that various associations have water, drainage, and roads for Rs. 13,000,000, Rs. 986.6 million, Rs. 606.3 million, Rs.155.9 million, and Rs. An allocation of 95.4 million was made. Councils (UC) of Central District, KMC and South and West Districts, Eastern District, West District, Korangi-Malir District, and South District respectively.