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Auditor General founds illegal recruitment of director Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair, other irregularities at Karachi University

Karachi, June 21, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Director General Audit Sindh in his special Audit report on Director Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair (SMBBC) has found the appointment of the incumbent director against the rules and regulation as she had no required experience.

The Director General Audit Sindh conducting an special audit on Director, SMBBC and Convention Centre from 2009 to 2016 has found the appointment of the incumbent director, Sahar Gul Abbasi against the rules. The report says that the advertisement of the post dated January 18, 2015 was found but there was no list of number of applicants or shortlisted candidates. Ever there was no notification of the selection committee.

Ms Sahar Gul Bhatti was shortlisted but did not have 15 years teaching/research guidance experience as required in the advertisement “which seems an undue favour to the candidate where as Mr Shuja Ahmed (competitor of Ms Sahar Gul Bhatti) was Masters from London and Ph.D from London and have a complete or more than 15 years experience as required in the advertisement.

The Director General Audit Sindh Karachi conducted an audit of ‘Director Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair and Convention Centre Karachi University in January, 2017. The main objectives of the audit were to review the chair’s performance against the intended objectives, to assess whether chair was managed with due regard to economy and efficiency and to review compliance with applicable rules, regulations and procedures. The audit was conducted in accordance with the INTOSAI Auditing Standards.

In 2008 Government of Sindh established Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair and Convention Centre Karachi University. The chair aimed at undertaking the research on the Vision and Mission of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. The institute would be providing education through designing multidisciplinary courses, short and long as portrait by utilizing Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s precious political thought academically such as Democracy, Peace, Development, Good Governance, Poverty Alleviation, Human Rights, Women’s Emancipation and development to create awareness in upcoming young generations to develop the country. The chair would enter into collaboration with National and International institutions for various exchange of programs.

During review of the accounts of the Director, SMBB Chair and Convention Centre University of Karachi for the period up to 2015-16, it was observed that supervision construction contract Rs7.936 million was awarded to M/s Shahzad Associates for supervision consultancy against the provision at 2 percent of the contract cost of Rs5.290 million in P.C.I. Hence excess rate at1percent of Rs2.646 million over and above the provision of P.C.I was allowed/ awarded without approval of competent forum.

The auditor general has recommended detailed inquiry into the matter. The audit report says that during audit of office of the Director, SMBB Chair and Convention Centre University of Karachi for the period up to 2015-16, it was observed that the funds of Rs 6.150 million were drawn from assignment account and deposited into university account to avoid lapse of funds which is illegal. as under:

The report say the review of the accounts of the Director, SMBB Chair and Convention Centre University of Karachi for the period up to 2015-16, it was observed that advance payment of Rs 1.876 million was made on account of purchase of fixed assets to the suppliers as work order was issued on June 14, 2015 and contract agreement was not signed. Moreover, the procurement ID was withheld at SPPRA website due to non-compliance of SPP Rules and also no inspection reports of the items by the committee were found to audit.

During the special audit of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto chair, it was observed that the Director of SMBBC has been offered and paid a lump sum package of Rs160,000 p.m totalling Rs 1,920,000 on account of salary during the period from June 2015 to June 2016 without approval of the Syndicate / Senate whereas the predecessor Director was obtaining salary of Rs130,000/ p.m for which no any approval was found.

The report said the Director was appointed on the fixed salary of Rs 160,000 p.m. for a period of two years and no any other facility was given but contrary to the above Rs 0.150 million on account of POL for the personal vehicle and mobile card for the personal use was drawn. The report recommends that the expenditure so incurred seemed unauthorized which may be recovered.

The audit found that the endowment funds of Rs.25.00 million were received by the Directorate of SMBB chair for investments and expenditure would be made from the profit earned on the investments whereas Rs3.032 million were utilized from the endowment funds as per the statement submitted to audit which shows balance of Rs21.968 million out of Rs25.00 million. The auditor recommends recovery of the funds so drawn may be made under intimation to audit.

The report say that works of Rs262.533 million was awarded to a contractor for construction of Convention Centre and allied facilities for the Chair who was ineligible contractor as per evaluation criteria of the prequalification document. The report says that the supervision construction contract of Rs 7.936 million was awarded to M/s Shahzad Associates for supervision consultancy of, “Construction of office, convention centre and allied facilities for Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair” who was ineligible contractor as per evaluation criteria of the prequalification document.

The report says NITs of Rs60.759 million was awarded to contractor / consultant but the procurement IDs were withheld due to non-following of SPP Rules, 2010 and payment was released without fulfilling the codal requirements. Thus payment without fulfilling procedures of procurement was unauthorized.

According to report the expenditure of Rs 0.287 million was incurred on account of printing and publication through splitting up upon the same dates to avoid open tender. Expenditure so incurred could not be authenticated. The audit report say that in the scheme titled “construction of Benazir Bhutto chair and allied facilities” an expenditure of Rs 1.864 million has been incurred on the head of contingency which includes professional video camera of Rs 60,000 and other items but no any tender was floated for this in contravention of above rules.

The audit has raised objection that a Rs24.670 million was drawn and paid to a contractor on account of mobilization advance prior to award of work and before obtaining 10 percent bank guarantee and 10 percent guarantee was also obtained before issuance of mobilization advance cheque. The report also says that a vehicle was purchased for Rs788 million during ban period without approval of the chief minister. Also approval of external bill for advance payment was not found to audit. The auditor has recommended necessary action and further inquiry.

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurates Rs514.917m Manzil Pump Flyover

Karachi, June 19, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that with the inauguration of Manzil Pump Flyover at National Highway the flow of vehicular traffic, particularly heavy traffic of industrial areas from airport to National Highway would be smooth and signal free. This he said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of Manzil Pump Flyover performed by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari this evening.

He said that from airport to Manzil Pump the road has been made signal free. “This flyover has been constructed for Rs514.917 million within a period of three months which is a record,” he said and congratulated local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, PD Niaz Soomro and his team. He said that the opponents of PPP were feeling insecure because his government has launched mega infrastructure schemes in the city and most of them have either been inaugurated or to be inaugurated by the end of this month.

Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro briefing the chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the work on Manzil Pump flyover was started on March 8, 2017 at a cost of Rs514.917 million and completed within three months. The length of the bridge is 560 meters, including 2500-meter bridge and 310 meter Ramps. The width of the carriageway is 10.9 means three-lane.

The chief minister said that the work on Drigh Road under pass and Submarine Chowrangi underpass was going on the war-footings. “We would inaugurate Drigh Road underpass by the end of this months,” he said and added it is a big breakthrough in the development of infrastructure of Karachi. He said Shahrah-e-Faisal has not only been reconstructed but widened with alteration in Baloch Colony flyover. This has not only made face uplift of the road but made the flow of traffic easier. Earlier, the chairman PPP inaugurated the Flyover.

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Sindh Chief Minister inaugurates Rs. 884.2 million University Road, Hassan Square to Nipa Section

Karachi, June 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah today formally inaugurated 3.2 kilometres University Road, from Hassan Square to Nipa constructed under Rs10 billion Karachi Package. The University Road from Hassan Square to Nip…

Fragile transmission network collapsed power supply all over Sindh: Murad Ali Shah

Karachi, May 28, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the apprehensions he had were expressed with federal minister for water and power that fragile and unreliable transmission network may collapse the power supply during Ramzan, and people of Sindh would suffer immensely. This he said in a letter he has written to federal Minister for Water and Power Khuwaja Asif today. The letter and been sent through fax and courier service.

The chief minister says in his letter “I am writing with reference to my earlier mail dated 24.05.2017 wherein apprehensions were expressed that due to fragile and unreliable transmission network the power supply may collapse during Ramzan, and people of Sindh would suffer immensely.

The chief minister says “My apprehensions sadly came true on 1st day of Ramzan (May 28, 2017) when 13 districts of rural Sindh and half of Karachi division plunged into darkness, as a result of 500 KV Hubco-Jamshoro transmission line tripped at around 2:15 am.”

Murad Ali Shah says that the sudden tripping of the fragile high transmission lines created cascading effect not only in HESCO-SEPCO distribution system but also affected K-Electric which was forced to enter into an island mode for system safety by shutting down power supply to large areas of Karachi. “The power has not yet been fully restored,” he said.

He further says “One of the major effects of sudden power outages in Karachi is complete disruption of the water supply system,” and added the current power outages has distrusted the water supply from Gharo, Dhabeji, Pipri, COD, Hub and North- East Karachi pumping stations which primarily supply drinking water to the entire mega city. Karachi suffered a loss of about 150 MG water due to this power breakdown. “The restoration of line pack pressure requires 24 to 36 hours if power supply is restored to all interconnected pumping stations,” said Murad Ali Shah.

Reiterating his stance the chief minister said “this is a very serious situation, especially when ambient day temperatures are as high as 45 degree Celsius in most parts of Sindh and the holy month of Ramzan has just commenced.” He said the Provincial government would be in a precarious situation if lengthy power breakdowns persist compromising quality and way of life of urban and rural dwellers resulting in a law and order situation.

Syed Murad Ali Shah requesting the federal minister urged him to direct the NTDC and DISCOS to immediately take all possible measure for the restoration of electricity to all affected areas in Sindh and also rectify the faults in the 500 KV transmission line.

He said besides, repair work on Guddu-Dadu-Jamshoro 500 KV circuits may also be completed on urgent basis and ensure that no such incident takes place in future. Moreover, it is further requested that load shedding hours may be reduced to minimum, at least during Ramzan, and continuous power supply be ensured especially during iftar and sehri hours in Sindh. “I earnestly look forward for an immediate and positive response on the matter please,” Sindh chief minister said. The chief minister has sent CC of his letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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Sindh Chief Minister letter to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Karachi, May 03, 2017 (PPI-OT)Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah just after attending the CCM meeting in Islamabad has written a letter to federal minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources urging him to circulate draft policies for import of LNG and its utilization and implementation of Article 158 and article 172(3) of the constitution at the earliest.

The letter written by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to federal minister for petroleum Mr Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says “reference to the deliberations in the31st meeting of CCI (May 2) wherein all the Chief Ministers confirmed the minutes of the meeting held under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Law and justice on March 3, 2017 and yourself very kindly agreed to circulate the policy on May 3 2017.’

The letter further says “the committee made the following decisions, “The Ministry of Petroleum and natural Resources (MoPNR) shall place LNG Policy before the council and, The MoPNR shall submit a policy paper before the CCI in respect of implementation of article 158 and 172(3) of the constitution.”

The letter also says “It is, therefore, requested to please share respective summaries for CCI along with draft policies for import of LNG and its utilization, implementation and Article 158 and Article 172(3) of the Constitution at the earliest prior to its placement before CCI for deliberations.

It may be noted that the federal government had approved the import of LNG and its utilization policy without bringing it in the CCI. The provincial government of Sindh along with other provinces have pressed the federal government that the LNG import is a CCI subject, therefore import policy must be approved from the CCI meeting.

The Article 172(3) says that the concerned provincial government from where oil and gas reserves are discovered would jointly manage its control along with federal government. In other words, the federal and provincial governments would jointly manage the control on equal basis. It may also be noted that the Article 158 of the constitution guarantees the right of the concerned province on gas from where it is produced to meet its requirement first and then share with other province, if it is in access.

The chief minister also discussed Flood Protection policy in the CCI meeting and presented a notification of former Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that the flood protection was the job of federal government. The federal government has prepared a flood protection plan of Rs177 billion and was pressing the province to bear expenditures. This item was discussed in detail and finally it was agreed that the provinces and federal government would share expenditures on 50:50 basis.

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Sindh Chief Minister condemns postponing Council of Common Interest meeting by Prime Minister

Karachi, April 26, 2017 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the prime minister has failed to fulfil his constitutional responsibility of convening the meeting of Council of Common Interest (CCI). “If you [PM] cannot fulfil your constitutional responsibilities then hand over your position to someone else.” This he said while addressing a press conference with Sindh PPP President Nisar Khuhro here at the CM House. In the press conference Syed Zafar Ali Shah and some other notables of Dadu district announced to join PPP.

He said he had made necessary preparations to present the case of Sindh in respect of gas, electricity and water in the CCI meeting earlier scheduled for April 28 but all of sudden, the prime minister has postponed the meeting. “This is sheer disappointment for people of Sindh,” he said and added “the constitution says the province which produces gas has first and foremost right to use it but the federal government has denied this constitutional right of people of Sindh.”

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that under the constitution the prime minister is bound to convene CCI meeting after every three months but the last meeting was held in December in which a committee was constituted under the federal law minister to settle the issue of gas. “I had personally attended the meeting of the law minister and the minutes of the meeting have been approved and now the decision was to be taken in the CCI meeting but he postponed it,” he lamented and said “I condemn the decision of postponing the CCI meeting,” he said.

Replying to a question, the chief minister said that the construction of Motorway is defective. “We want you to construct it properly and doesn’t look like motorway,” he said. Replying to a question about whitepaper issued by MQM-P, Syed Murad Ali Shah said that his cabinet members have already responded to their baseless allegations.

“They do not know about the number of administrative divisions and they are talking about issues. He denied to have withdrawn the security of MQM-P leaders and said it was the job of police to provide security to the people who feel-threatened. “Dr Farooq Sattar had requested for security and he has been given security accordingly,” he said.

He said actually some people [MQM] have the problem with the development schemes he has launched in the city. Their policy is simple `neither to work for the uplift of the Karachi and welfare of the people of city nor let others to work for them,” he said and added “but I am telling them that I would be serving the people of Karachi with my heart and soul,” he said.

Replying to a question about kidnapping of Ghulam Qadir Marri and Ashfaq Leghari, the chief minister said “it doesn’t look like merely a kidnapping case but it is something else,” he said and went on saying some people of other province are involved into it. He brushed aside the impression that only 40 percent development funds have been utilized during the current fiscal but said about 60 percent more development funds have been utilized this year than last fiscal.

Earlier, Sindh PPP president Nisar Khuhro introduced Zafar Ali Shah, former taluka nazim and general secretary of Awami Ittehad led by Liaquat Jatoi who along with his other friends announced to join PPP. Nisar Khuhro said that the people were joining PPP because they believe it is the only party where they could be heard and respected. Those who joined PPP include Zafar Shah, Rehan Hanif, Bakhsahal Khan Panhwar, Moinul Hassan and others. The new comers in the PPP fold said that they were with Liaquat Jatoi but he joined PTI which they termed a non-serious party. Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah welcomed the new members of the party.

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Murad Ali Shah urges provinces to share water for Karachi as they shared for Islamabad

Karachi, April 25, 2017 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the Sindh government had allowed water for twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi subject to the condition that Karachi would also be given additional 1200 cusecs water for domestic use.

This he said while presiding over a preparatory meeting at New Secretariat in connection with CCI meeting to be held in Islamabad on April 28. The meeting was attended by provincial Minister for law Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Special Assistant to CM on IPC Taimore Talpur, Chief secretary Rizwan Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Irrigation Syed Jamal Shah, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Secretary IPC department Aijaz Mangi, Secretary Forest Manzoor Shaikh and other concerned officers.

Secretary irrigation Syed Jamal Shah said that presently 1200 cusecs water from River Indus was required for K-IV project (Karachi), the requirement would reach to 1800 cusecs by 2020 and 2400 cusecs by 2025. The chief minister said that the fresh requirement of water should be shared by all the provinces since Karachi has accommodated people from all the provinces. He added that all the provinces should share this requirement, the way the provincial governments did for carving out the share for Islamabad Rawalpindi.

Discussing the supply of gas to localities in five km radius of gas producing fields, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif said that there are 347 villages located near gas producing fields. The federal government is of the view that the provincial government should share the expenditures. He said that total cost of the gas connection to 347 villages would be Rs3591 million, out of which SSGC would invest Rs747 million and the remaining amount of Rs2844 million would be borne by Sindh government.

On this the chief minister reiterated his earlier stand that in pursuance of Supreme Court judgment and prime minister’s directives the federal government should bear total cost of gas pipelines for villages located in five kilometres radius of gas producing fields. He also said that he would manage to provide gas to other villages which are within the district of gas producing fields.

Talking about short supplies of water in Pat Feeder and Khirthar Canals, the secretary irrigation Jamal Shah said that the claim of Balochistan is not justified as there is no legal provision under 1991 water accord for monetary compensation on account of alleged short supplies of water. On this the chief minister said that he is ready to start third party monitoring with consensus of both the province. He also presented a report to the chief minister that 83 unauthorised outlets in Guddu Barrage command divert water to Balochistan which is in addition to their share.

National Water Policy: Secretary irrigation Jamal Shah said that Ministry of water and Power has revised the draft National Policy on December 2, 2016. Only two points of Sindh irrigation department, “due to water shortage recycling arrangements are essential” have been incorporated in the revised policy. On this the chief minister said that the important points such as `securing katcha area and economy there of , preserving of delta area by providing sufficient supplies regularly; rain water disposal arrangement in plains where it could not be disposed of or diverted in the river.

He also suggested another important point for evolving strong administrative machinery with judicial/ policing to assist provincial irrigation departments in proper delivery to have justice with the tail-enders. Water allocations sanctioned for the project have sanctity. These should not be changed. He added that for ensuring tail-enders right new law enabling special `water courts’ if needed be established.

The chief minister also said that the affluent coming from Balochistan and Punjab have destroyed lands in Qambar-Shahdadkot and Ghotki districts. This may be put on the agenda that no untreated affluent would be accepted. Therefore, there should a clear policy that the affluent draining down in the gravity to Sindh be treated first.

Secretary Energy Agha Wasif said that Sindh government may impose provincial tax on power plants using `Wind’ as natural resource. On this Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the Sindh government may claim `net profit’ from the electricity generated through natural gas produced from the well located in Sindh irrespective of power plant location.

Establishment of Fiscal Coordination Committee: The Sindh government accords concurrence to the establishment of fiscal committee. This committee would provide a forum to highlight the unauthorized and arbitrary deductions made by FBR from Sindh government account.

The agenda of the CCI meeting to be held in Islamabad on April 28 includes matter pertaining to Higher Education and other similar bodies, formulation of National Flood Protection Plan IV, import of LNG, sixth population and Housing Census; National Forest Policy 2015; Amendment in the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act 1997; Supply of gas to localities/villages in five kilometre radius of gas producing fields, short supplies of water in Pat Feeder and Khirthar Canals, allocation of 1200 cusecs (650.5 MGD) additional water for Karachi city (K-IV) project and others.

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