PA opposition questions appointment of 18 special assistants to Sindh CM – Journal
KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly was informed on Friday that the chief minister had been desecrated from appointing as many special assistants as he wanted under provincial laws.
In response to a notice of appeal given by Arif Mustafa Jatoi of the Grand Democratic Alliance, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawala said those appointed as special assistants to the chief minister (SACM) in the province were ” representatives of the people “.
He said the Punjab has its own rules and the Sindh government will run affairs according to its actions. Referring to appointments within the federal government, Mr. Chawla said: “We do not import special assistants. The Punjab may only have four special assistants, but it also has 36 ministers. “
The GDA lawmaker said 18 CM special assistants in Sindh were a huge burden on the treasury as they received 5 million rupees per month, while Punjab only had four special assistants and they received around 1 million rupees.
The house is informed that the CM can legally appoint as many special assistants as he wishes
He said there were only four special assistants in Punjab for a population of 110 million while Sindh had 18 special assistants for a population of 50 million.
In response to a call to the attention of Muhammad Hussain of the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement, Parliamentary Secretary Ghanwer Ali Khan Isran said that without prejudice to the status of the national language, a provincial assembly could by law prescribe measures for the teaching, promotion and use of a provincial language in addition to the national language.
Through its notice of appeal, the MQM-P wanted to know what measures had been taken by the provincial government to ensure respect for Urdu as an official language in the ministries in the light of a judgment of the Supreme Court.
He referred to article 251 of the Constitution which said: “The national language of Pakistan is Urdu, and arrangements must be made for it to be used for official and other purposes within fifteen years. from the first day.
The parliamentary secretary said the provincial and federal governments are working jointly to make Urdu the official language in government offices.
He said government notifications and other documents were also translated into Urdu.
Advisors, SACMs authorized to answer questions from MPAs
The House passed a rule amendment allowing advisers and special assistants to respond to requests from lawmakers amid opposition protests.
Opposition members of GDA Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and MQM-P protested vehemently when the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs stood to propose the amendment to the Standing Orders of the Sindh Assembly as they did not ‘had not received a copy.
Seemingly hastily, President Agha Siraj Durrani moved the amendment in the chamber and asked those who supported it to say “yes” and those who opposed it to say “no”.
When the Speaker announced that the amendment was adopted, opposition MPs rose again to protest and maintained that they were in the majority when the Assembly was split.
Minister Chawla also introduced “Sindh Institute of Advanced Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Bill 2021” and “Sindh Telemedicine and Telehealth Bill 2021”, which were sent to standing committees.
While responding to oral and written questions from lawmakers on behalf of the Chief Minister, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Department of Information, Science and Technology said up to 6,962 people have received computer training in the first phase and 4,200 in the second phase.
He said the ministry has provided training to young people in the province to improve their technical skills. “However, their jobs are not the responsibility of the ministry,” he added.
When questioned verbally by Jatoi of GDA, he said that more than 800 provincial government employees of the Sindh Secretariat had received computer training.
In a question from Rana Ansar of MQM-P, the parliamentary secretary said that the IT department executed 10 projects in 2017 and 2018 at a cost of 110.622 million rupees.
In response to a verbal question from the MQM-P legislator, he indicated that nine out of ten projects had been completed.
Responding to a question from Mr Jatoi, he said that there were no officials posted in any district as the IT department had no training / lower area since its inception.
To another question from Sanje Gangwani of the PTI, the parliamentary secretary said that work on installing cameras in temples, churches and other places of worship of minorities would start from next month.
“Cameras will be installed in places of worship of minorities in Umer Kot district in the first phase,” he said, adding that installation of cameras in other districts would begin within 60 days.
He said the Safe City project was also in its final stages as the pricing process was complete.
Later, the speaker adjourned the meeting until Monday.
Posted in Dawn, le 25 September 2021