Sindh Chief Minister presents Rs1.47 trillion deficit budget for year 2021-22

Karachi, June 15, 2021 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presented a Rs1477.9 billion deficit budget with a Rs329.303 billion development portfolios here on the floor of the provincial assembly on Tuesday. Mr Shah said that the size of the next budget, 2021-22 has been estimated at Rs1477.903 billion against which the total receipts, including federal transfers and the provincial would be Rs1452.168 billion which showed a deficit of Rs25.738 billion.

At the outset of his speech, he thanked people of the province for reposing trust in PPP government and it was upon the incumbent to live up to their expectations. “Ever since Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) has been founded, People have always supported its program, he said and added “People of Sindh have recognized and validated our services for the province by thrusting the reigns of governance into our hands in successive elections, especially in General Election 2018 where we secured highest number of seats and we feel this responsibility to serve more than ever before.”

Mr Shah said that the Budget of 2021-22 has been prepared in consonance with the collective vision of our leaders which also meets the moment. The CM said that Pakistan Peoples Party has ensured that the people of Sindh have a say in setting out priorities of the government. For this purpose, this year’s Budget has also been set out in the spirit of participatory governance, aimed at establishing a just, equitable, and egalitarian society, he said and added “we believe in the politics of inclusion and participation.”

“Our aim is the empowerment of people through policies and programs that can facilitate growth and development; and help us move towards medium- and long-term economic growth – a growth which is not for the few but for the many,” Murad Shah said and he thanked all MPAs, both from the treasury and opposition benches, for their support and looked forward to their cooperation in future.

The chief minister said that a year ago, he had announced initial response to coronavirus. “What was originally thought to be a temporary disruption to our way of life has fundamentally altered it,” he said and added “people are still being told to stay in their homes; businesses have been ordered to close early; thousands of people are in hospitals – much has changed, but one thing has stayed the same. “I said we would do whatever it takes; we have done; and we will do so”.

The preparation of this Budget was undertaken in circumstances like never before, Mr Shah said and added “we knew of calamities that have affected a country or a region within a country, but what we have endured with COVID-19 through 2020-21 is sui generis.”

When he had presented the budget 2020-21, we could not have imagined that our people, as those in other provinces, would have to endure the loss of near and dear ones and suffer hardships brought about due to a health crisis, the CM said.

He said that our rich history served as concrete evidence of how we have overcome our challenges by the dint of our own efforts and resilience. “Our economic situation may be far from perfect, and adequate help may not be forthcoming, but on behalf of people of Sindh, I can say that we will pass this ordeal with flying colours – the way we have done so often in past,” he said.

Murad Shah said that the economic meltdown due to Covid-19 and inflation has severely affected the lives of ordinary citizens. “We are sensitive to the hardships being faced by the common man and it was in this background that we stretched our resources and rolled out interventions that could provide some immediate relief,” he said and added additionally, we began some programs for empowering the vulnerable sections of our society to gradually move towards `inclusive growth’. He highlighted some of the projects as follows:

Health Risk allowance at the rate if one Running Basic salary in relevant Pay Scale has been allowed to the Health Personnel performing duties related to COVID-19 patients in the health institutions/ laboratories. This Risk Allowance is being extended to all health professionals including Post Graduate/House Job Officers and Nursing students. Funds to the tune of Rs.17.4 billion have been provided as Health Risk Allowance in the current financial year 2020-21.

To encourage community driven economic activities, focusing on supporting home-based businesses, small and medium enterprises, a social protection and economic sustainability package of Rs.34.7 billion was provided in CFY 2020-21. Corona testing capacity has been enhanced to more 24,600 per day which were initially only 80 tests per day.

The Sindh government has released Rs.7.14 billion in 2020-21, which includes Rs.2.3 billion under Corona Emergency Fund and Rs.4.7 billion as special grant to Health Department. Some 81 isolation Centers in all districts with 8,266 beds capacity were established. By June, 2021 this capacity will increase to 8,616. For ensuring timely supplies and proper service delivery, Government of Sindh constituted Medical Procurement Committee. As a government, we kept a watch on the situation and were proactive in our responses.

The chief minister said that budget making was always a daunting task, especially when the global economy was suffering from pandemic and uncertainty, and when there were serious resource constraints. He added that the monsoon season had brought heavy rainfall to Karachi than on previous occasions. We had more rainfall in one day than the past 92 years, he said and went on saying urban flooding had affected major areas of District Central due to Green Line Project, Yousuf Goth in District Malir and Wazir Mansion in District South.

He said despite such impediments the government made extra ordinary measures and carried out rapid need assessment for Ashura processions for its peaceful culmination. “Against all the odds, we have tried to present a different budget and give people of this province relief and opportunity, which they expect from us.

The CM regrated that the actual transfers to Sindh government in a fiscal year always fall short of the estimates provided, as FBR falls short in collection of its set targets. “The Federal Government is the major contributor to Sindh’s finances comprising of 72.5 percent in its entirety,” he said and added it was a fact that these shares inevitably fell short of the estimates we provide every year, as a result, our development expenditure has to be adjusted to offset the effect.

REVISED ESTIMATES 2020-21: Presenting revised estimates of 2020-21, Mr Shah said that against an estimated budgetary amount of Rs.1,073.7 billion the revised receipts of the Province for Current Financial Year 2020-21 stood at Rs.960.4 billion. “We are facing a shortfall on account of Federal Transfers – during 11 months of this financial year against budgeted receipts of Rs.696.944 billion we have only received Rs. 623.619 billion,” he said. Based on these figures, he said we would be facing a shortfall of Rs.83.8 billion. He added the receipts of Federal PSDP were revised at Rs.8.302 billion; whereas revised Foreign Project Assistance stood at Rs.38.29 billion. The provincial tax and non-tax receipt is revised to Rs.242.9 billion against an estimated target of Rs.313.4 billion, he said.

Talking on the expenditure side, the CM said that the budget has been revised from Rs. 968.99 billion to Rs.954.4 billion. The development expenditure is revised at Rs.160.3 billion against an estimated allocation of Rs.232.94 billion. There has been a severe financial crunch due to reduced resources from federal government and low collection from provincial resources due to Covid. Provincial ADP which was Rs.228.0 billion in Year 2019-20 was reduced to Rs.170 billion in 2020-21 and the revised estimates of current year’s ADP would be about Rs.113.0 billion.

Despite various constraints, stakeholder departments are likely to complete 460 schemes during 2020-21, he disclosed. He added that by the end of current financial year we would be able to spend 85 percent of the development budget that was 15 per cent higher than last financial year.

BUDGET ESTIMATES 2021-22: Present budget for next financial year, 2021-22, the chief minister said “the total receipts of province for Year 2021-22 are estimated at Rs.1.452 trillion as against budget estimate of Rs.1.22 trillion for current financial year, showing overall increase of 19 percent,” he added “receipts from Federal Government on account of revenue assignment, straight transfers and grants are estimated at Rs.869.68 billion, which constitute 72.5 percent of total receipts of the province, showing an increase of 12.6 percent, over estimates of Rs.760.3 billion last year.

The budget estimates of straight transfers for next financial year have decreased substantially by approximately 20.6 percent to Rs.49.5 billion from the budget estimates of Rs.62.34 billion of current financial year, he said and added that the receipts of Federal PSDP were estimated at Rs.5.37 billion.

The CM said that the receipts on account of Foreign Project Assistance (FPA), budgetary support loans and grants were estimated at Rs.71 billion. And added receipts from provincial own sources on account of tax and non-tax receipts were estimated at Rs.329.033 billion, which constituted 27.5 percent of total receipts. “This is an increase of 4.8 percent over estimates of Rs.313.4 billion of current financial year,” he said.

The total budget outlay for Financial Year 2021-22 is estimated at Rs.1.477 trillion, as against budget estimate of Rs.1.241 trillion for Current financial year, showing overall increase of 19 percent, the CM said. He added the current expenditure of the province was projected at Rs.1.14 trillion, which included current revenue expenditure of Rs.1.089 trillion and current capital expenditure of Rs.59.49 billion. “This is 78 percent of total expenditure of the province and showed an increase of 14 percent over estimates of Rs.1 trillion for last year,” he said.

ADP: Mr Shah talking about next Annual Development Program me said that the development expenditure of the province was estimated at Rs.329.032 billion, which included Rs.222.5 billion for Provincial ADP and Rs.30 billion for Districts ADP, foreign project assistance of Rs.71.16 billion and Rs.5.4 billion from Federal PSDP Grant for schemes being executed by Sindh government.

He said in next financial year [2021-22], 1033 schemes have been identified for completion in first and second quarter and maximum resources would be provided for their timely completion. “On-Going schemes with remaining throw-forward up to Rs.100 million have been fully funded for completion by June 2022,” he said and added “the on-Going Schemes where 70 percent expenditure is made have been fully funded for completion by June, 2022.”

We have introduced Citizens’ Budget to improve citizen’s access to budgetary information with the objective to promote accountability and transparency in public financial management, he said and added it presented the provincial budget in a simple and lucid manner, highlighting its salient features and making it easy for the common man to understand.

Murad Ali Shah said that keeping in view non-development and development expenditure priorities, the major milestone of his government objectives included providing infrastructure to education institutions to increase enrolments, improving and upgrading health facilities as well as managing available health institutions. The CM plans on providing nutrition support, community infrastructure funds, income generating grants, micro assets, and low-cost housing to reduce the poverty of poorest of the poor.

His objectives also include increasing agricultural productivity and value chain as well as conservation of water for agriculture, industrial and municipal consumption. Murad Ali Shah government’s aims to provide clean drinking water and safe disposal of sewerage, improvement of connectivity between major cities and towns of province as well as increase road connectivity and planned mass transit for Karachi city.

The CM said that his government has remained overtly cautious about the growth in size of government vis-a-vis service delivery. During our tenure, we have only made appointments based on need while ensuring meritocracy. For next financial year, we have created around 2600 posts.

HEALTH: Health remains a priority sector of provincial government, said Murad Ali Shah. He added that after a Covid-19, his government reprioritized its allocation and earmarked maximum resources in 2020-21 for prevention, isolation, and treatment for Covid-19; besides, significant resources were also spent containing and mitigating the economic damage due to job loss and business closure. “For the next financial year, an allocation of Rs.172 billion is proposed as against an allocation of RS.132.88 billion in 2020-21,” he said and added for next financial year, the ADP of health was pitched at Rs.18.5 billion. “The next financial year will witness an increase of 30 percent in total allocation for Health Sector including medical education,” he said.

The government has allocated Rs.7.6 billion in next financial year 2021-22 with an overall increase of 10 percent for nine vertical Programmes to combat/control Polio, TB, Aids, Lady Health Worker Programme, Hepatitis control, and expanded program for Immunization and others.

Main features: The allocations for vertical programmes include Rs.644.9 million for TB Control Program me, Rs.1.4 billion for Lady Health Worker (LHW), Rs.2.04 billion for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis, Rs.315.9 million for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Program, Rs.309.8 million for Malaria Control, Rs.2.5 billion for EPI, Rs.288.7 million for Sindh AIDS Control Program, Rs.57.9 million for Prevention and Control Program for Dengue, Rs.76.8 million for Prevention and Control of Blindness.

We are trying to improve service delivery and enhance operational capabilities at the secondary and tertiary health care levels, Mr Shah said and that added 62 schemes are likely to be completed by June 2021, increasing access to quality healthcare services network province wide. The Chief Minister then mentioned some major milestones that have been achieved during current financial year such as the establishment of Gastroenterology and Neuropsychiatry Unit at NICH, Karachi at cost Rs. 192.788 million, the establishment of Cardio thoracic Surgery Department at Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad (Revised) at cost Rs. 376.667 million and the construction of Operation Theaters for Ophthalmology.

Murad Ali Shah further added that the Sindh Government not only strengthened the Trauma Centre at CMC Hospital, Larkano at Cost Rs. 219.989 million, but also strengthened existing surgical intensive care unit and anesthesiology department at Peoples Medical College Hospital Shaheed Benazirabad at cost Rs. 169.725 million. The Government of Sindh constructed 50 bedded Hospital / Maternity Homes in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi (Revised) at cost Rs. 323.644 million, 100 bedded Hospital at PIB Colony, Karachi at cost Rs. 477.550 million and extended Services of SIUT, Karachi (Revised) at cost Rs. 1,514.040 million.

The premier of the Province said that expansion and rehabilitation of Sir C.J Institute of Psychiatry Hyderabad including the constructions of New Female Ward, a rehabilitation Centre, OPD Block and Psychiatric Emergency 50 bedded Ward was done in the current financial year (Revised) at cost Rs. 292.211 million. The Provincial Government upgraded Sindh Govt Hospital / THQ Hospital Shahdadpur to the level of Institute of Medical and Health Sciences, District Sanghar. (Revised) at cost Rs. 328.077 million and constructed 02 schemes of Divisional Warehouse at Hyderabad and other at Mirpurkhas at cost Rs. 94.242 million each unit.

Mr Shah stated that NICVD has 10 satellite Centers, 21 mobile chest pain clinics and in CFY, more than 1.5 million people have been treated for various heart ailments free of cost. The Government, at the cost of (Rerevised) Rs. 1,743.695 million, upgraded THQ Hospitals to the level of DHQ Hospitals (03 Nos) at Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar and Jamshoro, upgraded existing RHC to the level of THQ Hospital at Kunri, District Umerkot at cost Rs. 195.546 million as well as upgraded RHC Daur to the level of Taluka Hospital Daur at cost Rs. 67.633 million.

Furthermore, automation of Health Department, Government of Sindh has been continued through public sector development initiative with revised/modified scope. Under this initiative following process are being automated: web portal is established, and biometric verification of all Sindh Health Department Employees has been established to check online attendance of facility and other services staff. Comprehensive Human Resource Management System with complete profile of employees, Transfer/Postings, Leaves Management, Medical reimbursements, online recruitment, reporting and analytics – demonstrating Profile and Transfer/Postings is being automated. In addition, document archiving involving scanning of files/letters and making it available online; asset management of all immovable and movable assets under the purview of Health Department (Civil Hospital assets entered); monitoring of Development Schemes and Budgets; medicine inventory management systems and Health GIS to display all health facilities along with it details are under process.

Other Important Initiatives: The Government of Sindh has developed 81 Isolation centers (15 in Karachi and 66 in rest of Sindh) with 8,666 beds capacity (2,068 in Karachi and 6,598 in rest of Sindh) and has established more than 400 ICU beds with ventilators 32 health facilities and 1,146 HDU beds in 35 HFs across the province. Mr Shah’s government has established 102 beds ICUs in 13 DHQ Hospitals with 10 bedded ICU in 06 DHQ Hospitals (Badin, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Dadu, Mirpurkhas, and Mithi) 6 Bedded ICUs in 07 DHQ Hospitals (Matiari, Umarkot, T.M. Khan, T.A. Yaar, Kandhkot, Kamber and Kotri) through public sector development program. In addition, a 196 bedded ‘Sindh Infectious Diseases Control Hospital and Research Center at NIPA, Karachi’ and ‘50 Bedded Hospital at Gulistan-e-Johar Karachi’ have been established and made functional by 30th June 2020, both at the cost of Rs. 1,990.00 million.

The government under a MOU, in partnership with National Institute of Health Islamabad (NIH) and Dow University of Health Sciences initiated the establishment of “Provincial Public Health Laboratory (PPHL) and made it operational at DUHS (Ojha Karachi) which would detect, characterize and trace disease transmission for prevention and controlling of Public Health events. This PPHL serves specifically for diagnostic of infections/ viruses in emergencies, epidemics/ pandemics.

Furthermore, since the onset of COVID-19 emergency in the province, Government of Sindh has initiated viral laboratories for testing of patients at Dr. Ruth K.N Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, Ojha Institute of Chest Disease Karachi, Ghulam Muhammad Maher Medical College Hospital Sukkur and Indus Hospital Karachi. Mr Shah said that Rs. 26.13 billion were spent over COVID related activities during current financial year, which includes, salaries of contract employees, ILR PCR Kits (Covid-19 test kits) and PPE’s, Cold Chain, Major Tertiary Care Hospitals on account of Operation Expenses to Run HDUs and ICUs PPHL, instruments like Biosafety Cabinet Class-II A-2 and related material for Laboratories, establishment of Critical Care Unit (CCU), vaccination centers, procurement of Coronavirus Vaccine, Isolation Center at Expo Center, etc.

COVID and ADDITIONAL MEASURES: The Chief Minister of Sindh said that during the current financial year 2020-21, following additional rapid measures were taken during the pandemic: Rs.17.03 billion have been provided to the employees of Health Department as Health Risk Allowance due to current pandemic of Covid-19, Rs.430.710 million have been provided as Health Risk Allowance to the PGs, House Officers and Student Nurses on account of sanctioned posts in different Hospitals.

He further added that, Rs.2.44 billion were provided to Health Department on account of Medics and Para-Medics appointed on Service Rendered Basis for period of (89) days to combat with Covid-19 pandemic, Rs.7.781 billion were provided to the Health Department on account of Operational Expenditures in context with covid-19 and Rs.100.000 million was provided to Health Department for establishment of Sindh Institute of Child Health and Neonatology (SICHN).

The Government of Sindh provided Rs.139.526 million to Health Department for establishment of health Management, research and reforms Unit (HMRRU) for public health research, result based monitoring, coordination / guide in accrual of better health outcomes as well as to harmonize/ harness the resources of various stakeholders to current and future health sector.

Furthermore, Rs.50.000 million were provided for establishment of Hospitals and Dispensaries Management Board constituted under “The Sindh Seized and Freezed Health Facilities (Hospital and Dispensaries) Act, 2020”, Rs.34.241 million were provided including seventeen new posts for the Establishment of Drug Court for Sindh at Karachi under drugs (Sindh Amendment) Act 2020 and Rs.154.680 million was provided for Establishment of New Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Govt. of Sindh at Modern Sindh Govt. Hospital (Taken over Assets) of Proscribed Organization Sindh.

In addition, Rs.564.000 million were provided as special Grant-in-Aid for the operationalization of Neuro Medicines, Neuro-Surgical orthopedic Department and 30-Bedded ICU at newly constructed departments on 2nd floor at Syed Abdullah Shah Institute of Medical Sciences at Sehwan Sharif to provide better health facilities to the patients and Rs.666.228 million for provision as well as for the installation of six On-site Oxygen Generation/ Medical Gases Plants at Tertiary Care and Major Hospitals in Sindh. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah stated, “Additional funds upto Rs.6.3 billion were provided to Indus Hospital, NIB Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (ICCB.”

The Government allotted this amount to Syed Abdullah Shah Institute of Medical Sciences (SASIMS) Sehwan Sharif for better service delivery, SIUT for service contracts and purchases of surgical Instrument for Robot Surgical System. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Institute of Trauma Karachi for repairs and maintenance, Health Department for Establishment of 100 Bedded Hospital /Maternity Home Eid Gah Karachi, Sindh Institute of Physical Medicines and Rehabilitation (SIPM and R) Karachi, Health Department for Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Lab (ICCBS) University of Karachi to meet the requirement of Modern Investigation of various Crimes and for the identification of dead bodies in the result of disaster.

In addition, the aforementioned amount was also provided to Aman Health Care Services for Ambulance Services, Peoples Medical College Hospital Nawabshah, District Shaheed Benazirabad and Civil Hospital, Khairpur for House Job Officers. Mr Shah, on the assembly for said, “Building on our successes and as a continuation of our policies we have a detailed roadmap for expanding our health sector.” For the next financial year, from Current Revenue side he plans to unfold the following interventions: funds to the tune of Rs.24.72 billion have been allocated specifically to deal with the pandemic, 964 new posts will be created at different levels of health management, Rs.18.32 billion has been proposed for Purchase of Drugs and Medicines and Rs.2 billion is kept for Purchase of PCR and PPE Kits in context with covid-19.

The CM’s plans also include proposing Rs.646.22 million for Purchase of Medical Gas (Oxygen) keeping in view the situation of the pandemic and M and R funds for various health facilities of Rs.1.594 billion has been kept for NFY against the current budgetary allocation of Rs.1.254 billion, an increase of Rs.340.450 million (i.e. 27%). Mr. Shah added, “Considering the performance and efficiency of our health institutions, following Grant in Aid has been proposed for the next financial year 2021-22.”

The proposals are: Rs.8.2 billion has been allocated to PPHI Sindh, Rs.7.1 billion has been allocated to SIUT and Rs.4.5 billion has been allocated as Special Grant for Indus Hospital Karachi. Out of this Rs.2.5 billion is for its current operation and Rs.2.0 billion for Expansion of Indus Hospital. Furthermore, Rs.6.1 billion has been allocated to NICVD, Karachi and Rs.6.4 billion has been allocated to SICVD (Lyari Karachi, Larkana, Sehwan, Hyderabad, Sukkur, T.M. Khan, Shaheed Benazirabad, Khairpur, Mithi and Karachi), Rs.3.0 billion has been adopted for PPP Node Health department, Rs.4.0 billion has been adopted for the Institute of Pir Abdul Qadir Shah Jillani, Gambat, Rs.473.9 million has been allocated to Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Hyderabad and Rs.600.0 million is allocated for Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences.

Murad Ali Shah also said that Rs.2 billion has been allocated for SMBB Trauma Centre Karachi, Rs.300.0 million has been allocated for Shahdadpur Institute of Medical Sciences, Rs.500.0 million has been allocated to NIBD and Rs.1.2 billion has been allocated for Child Life Foundation. He further added that Rs.300.0 million has been allocated for Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Karachi as well as Rs.365.0 million has been allocated to Health Care Commission, Karachi. The province has proposed Rs.300.0 million for 10 Thalassemia Care Centers (i.e. at Badin, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Mithi, Shaheed Benazirabad, Thatta, Sujjawal, Hyderabad, Karachi and Umerkot,) and Rs.170 million have been proposed for 10 Dialysis Centers (i.e. at Jamshoro @ Kotri, Kashmore @ Kandhkot, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar @ Mithi, Hala, Sujawal, Shahdadpur, Thatta, Nusheroferoze and Umerkot)

The Chief Minister continued, “for the next financial year, from Development side we plan to unfold the following interventions”: COVID Response and Other Natural Calamities Program in Sindh Co-financed with Federal Government on 50% share (Government of Pakistan Rs. 10.411 + Government of Sindh Rs. 10.411 billion) at the estimated cost of Rs. 20.822 billion, establishment of Bio Safety Lab-III at Sindh Infectious Disease Hospital Karachi, provision of Linear Accelerator with integrated High Field MRI System at DUHS Karachi and the provision as well as installation of Onsite Oxygen Generation/ Medical Gases Plants at Tertiary Care Hospitals in Sindh.

The Government also plans on establishing Sindh Institute of Child Health (SICH) with MNCH Services at Korangi 5, Karachi and establishing 02 schemes Accident Emergency Center on Motorway at Thano Bola Khan Interchange and at Hawks Bay, Karachi. In addition, the Sindh Human Capital Project – Sindh 1000 Days’ Plus Program: Continuum of Care for Integrated Healthcare Services for Universal Health Coverage in Sindh at an estimated cost of US$ 400.00 million under World Bank assistance includes Repair and Rehabilitation of Sindh Government Dispensaries (93 Number). Furthermore, a state of art Mother and Child Health Care Center at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.789 billion with grant assistance of JICA i.e. ‘Establishment of Maternal and Child Health Care Centre at Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro’.

Real Time Monitoring through Installation of Tibbi Application in Health System at Karachi South, East, West, Central, Malir, Korangi Districts, Larkana, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Qamber Shahdadkot and Shikarpur districts as well as tele Health Solution for Improving Health Department Services is intended to be established. Pilot Implementation in District Shaheed Benazirabad, strengthening of Chemico Bacterial lab at Rohri Sukkur and establishment of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Department for Amputation Free Sindh will also be carried by the said government.

The CM said that this also covers the establishment/strengthening of 02 schemes of Neonatal ICU in 02 Teaching Hospitals in Sindh CMCH Larkano and PMCH Nawabshah. The Government will expand and improve DHQ Hospital Naushehroferoze, 03 new schemes of THQ Hospital Chhachhro District Tharparkar and Mehar District Dadu and upgrade of 04 Nos. Rural Health Center to the Level of Taluka Headquarter Hospitals at District Shaheed Benazirabad (Kazi Ahmed), Badin (Talhar), Shikarpur (Khanpur), and Ghotki (Khanpur Mahar). Lastly, Murad Ali Shah plans to upgrade BHU to the Level of Rural Health Center at Khanwaharn District Naushahroferoze and establish of Ware Houses at Dr. Ruth K.M Pfau, Civil Hospital. It is expected that 79 number of other development projects will be completed by 30th June, 2022.

MEDICAL EDUCATION: Besides, Health Services, Medical Education is crucial for maintenance and accreditation of standards in Health Services, the CM said and added therefore, the Medical Education has received a substantial increase in its budget to produce the better human resource for Health and Medical Services.

Mr Shah said that the overall 45 percent increase of Rs.2.846 billion is proposed in Medical Education by enhancing its budget from Rs.6.294 billion to Rs.9.141 billion in B.E. 2021-22. In SNE (New) total 691 new posts are proposed with financial implication of Rs.509.790 million, Murad Shah said and added besides, Rs.73.514 million were proposed for Purchase of Machinery and Equipment and Rs.26.414 million were proposed for Purchase of Furniture and Fixture.

The chief minister announced that 12 Colleges of Nursing were proposed to be adopted on recurring side by transferring 302 posts and by creating 216 new posts with financial implication of Rs.466.600 million. He added 400 new slots of PGs were created by enhancing slots of PGs from 1400 to 1800 in Sindh. “It includes 100 slots each for Dow University of Health Sciences, Liaquat University of Health Sciences, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana and Peoples University of Health Sciences for Women.

The existing budget of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, Peoples University Medical and Health Sciences for Women Benazirabad and Khairpur Medical College budget is enhanced by Rs.100.00 million each respectively, the CM said. Murad Shah said that the ADP of Medical Education was pitched at Rs.1.15 billion for 2021-22.

EDUCATION: Education was the single most important factor in the development of a nation, the CM said and added the Sindh government envisage providing quality education to all, enabling our children to realize their full potential.

Quoting US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Murad Shah said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

The CM said that the People’s government has allocated the highest percentage of resources towards education in the year 2021-22. “It will see an increase of 13.5 percent over allocation of current financial year. “Critics may say that increase in allocation is because of the salary component, but, here I would like to present that the increase in non-salary allocation of education sector is much higher and has been increasing over the years,” he said and added for the next financial year, we propose to enhance the budget for education to Rs.277.5 billion from Rs.244.5 billion.

In CFY 2020-21 the ADP allocation for Educator sector was Rs.21.1 billion, Mr Shah said and added that it comprised of school education, college education, universities, empowerment for persons with disabilities, and skill development. In FY 2021-22 Government has earmarked Rs.26 billion for the sector.

SCHOOL EDUCATION: For the next financial year 2021-22, the budget of School Education and Literacy Department has been increased to Rs.222.102 billion, compared with Rs.197.368 billion for financial year 2020-21.

Mr Shah told the house that the School Education and Literacy Department has been allocated Rs.14 billion for 117 on-going schemes and 186 new schemes compared with Rs.13.15 billion for financial year 2020-21. Most of schemes are for up-grading existing government schools from Primary to Secondary levels, Rehabilitating and Improving schools, Providing Furniture, Basic and Missing Facilities, Construction and Re-construction of existing dangerous school buildings.

The CM said that for the next financial year 2021-22, Rs.1.0 billion has been allocated as grant in aid for Education Management Organization for handing over management of various schools to EMOs. Moreover, the government has allocated Rs.6.6 billion for purchase of furniture and fixture, Rs.6.1 billion for new activities with the help of International Donor Agencies, Rs.2.3 billion for free text books, Rs.1.2 billion for School Management Committee to meet the requirements of schools, Rs.5.0 billion for repair and maintenance of school buildings, Rs.480 million for Emergent Need Fund for meeting new initiatives under COVID-19 and Rs.663.4 million for educational assets of proscribed organizations of Sindh taken over by the Sindh government in budget for the next financial year 2021-22.

Murad Shah said that Rs.1.12 billion was earmarked for procurement of furniture and other related articles for development schemes completed in 2020-21. In addition to that Rs.1 billion has been allocated, one time, to provide Financial Assistance to the families of Government Servant who had expired during their service.

Highlighting the achievements in School Education and Literacy Department during current financial year, the CM said they include as follows:

More than 650 schools are being upgraded from primary to elementary and 160 schools from elementary to secondary levels

Transparency is introduced in posting/transfer of teaching staff through E-portal/web portal

Recruitment policy 2021 is introduced and in pursuance of that various rules have been revised.

Out of 106 schools, 68 schools have been handed over to the reputable Education Management Organizations (E.M.O.s) under public-private Partnership mode.

150,000 children have been newly enrolled and 19,810 out of school children re-enrolled to schools. 15,551 Teachers had been trained. 8,336 students and 800 Teachers received ICT training.

More than 30,000 Teachers have been trained on Life Skill Based Education

Training of 1700 ECE Teachers have been conducted

Induction training of 1000 ECE Teachers, and 6000 JESTs

In collaboration with different partners around 350,000 students have been trained on Adolescent health, nutrition, child protection, citizenship etc.

Opened 1609 viable closed schools by posting Teachers another 638 are being opened.

7900 unregistered employees have been registered with the help of AG payroll.

The department has also introduced mandatory pre-service and in-service for teaching staff for their capacity building and promotions.

In collaboration with Microsoft, so far 30,787 Secondary school Teachers have been trained, and around 257,000 students are enrolled and benefitting from digital learning platforms.

252,000 primary students are benefitting from SELD MUSE App, and around 4000 primary school Teachers have been trained,

Owing to COVID-19 and discontinuity of learning activity, developed Safe School Reopening Guide for School and Children and in collaboration with PDMA, UNICEF, etc. COVID-19 material was sent to all districts.

Mass Awareness campaign for Back to School and Retention Drive conducted in all districts of Sindh

Conducted training on Disaster Risk Reduction for flood-affected four districts (Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Sanghar and Umarkot) 197 Head Teachers and 187 Teachers trained in collaboration with UNICEF Sindh

Developed Early Childhood Care and Education Curriculum and Standards and notified by the department.

School Education and Literacy Department will be institutionalizing STEM i.e. “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths” integrated curriculum. Around 64 STEM labs will be established from next academic session.

Continuous efforts have been made to develop and update curriculum and textbooks according to the 21st century learning skills.

During Current Financial Year department will procure 382,000 duel desk in Government Schools.

119 Primary Schools, 35 High Schools have been approved for rehabilitation and provision of missing facilities.

15 English Medium and ‘06’ Comprehensive Schools have so for been constructed and would be operational through EMOs from next academic year, while ‘10’ more new English Medium and nine Comprehensive High Schools would be completed with all facilities, including Science / I.T. Labs and Libraries by end of June, 2021.

Established Out of School Children (OOSC)-Emergency Center to steer efforts in the province to reduce OOSC and explore opportunities for alternate learning pathways.

SELD facilitated more than 170,000 out of school and drop out children in getting enrollment in 6,351 Non-Formal Education Centers by engaging local tutors.

In school clustering and consolidation, 4095 schools have been consolidated 1350 campus schools, whereas 2745 schools have been merged.

Around “2600” High priority Schools have been expanded and rehabilitated and the rest will be completed up to June 2021.

Buildings of 21 shelter less primary schools will be completed by June 2021.

Government has provided an allocation of Rs.800 million for Girls’ Stipend to ensure girls retention and transition to higher grades to reduce drop out.

The chief minister said that during next financial year major interventions are expected to complete are as follows:

The Department has proposed ‘100’ more shelter less school for provision of buildings.

Rs.600 million have been earmarked for opening and operationalization of Non-Formal Centers in the high rate out of schools children districts

Due to recent heavy rainfall / flood /urban floods huge loses of educational institutions have occurred in the province. Rs. 2500.000 million for Primary Schools and Rs. 2000.000 million for Secondary Schools have been purposed for rehabilitation / repair / re-construction in the next year ADP.

The government is taking dedicated efforts to provide more Elementary Schools and High Schools through various programmes.

Government has proposed ‘88’ more schools for Up-gradation through ADP 2021-22 and ‘600’ under World Bank Assisted Project SELECT, ‘160’ Secondary Schools through ADB and ‘100’ Schools under ASPIERE through GPE Grant.

Aims to energize high enrolled schools through provision of Solar Power System in those areas where Electricity load shedding is very high.

Due to world-wide Pandemic of COVID-19 the education system has been derailed Hence, continuous support for online / offline classes in order to provide education at home

With assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB) “160” schools will be up-graded from Primary to Secondary Schools in 10 districts of the province

Under the World Bank program, Sindh Early Learning Enhancement and Class Room Transformation (SELECT), aims to upgrade around 600 schools to elementary level in 12 districts of the province.

Census of Private Schools and Madaris will be completed in NFY

One time grant of Rs.93.57 million has been proposed for taken over assets of Proscribed Organization in various districts for teachers training.

COLLEGE EDUCATION: For the next financial year 2021-22, the budget of College Education has been increased 11.8 percent to Rs.22.8 billion, compared with Rs.20.446 billion for financial year 2020-21. The CM said and added for College Education Department, an allocation of Rs. 4 billion has been proposed in ADP 2021-22 for 43 on-going and 64 new schemes. They include:

Improvements to female education will provide a country with more knowledgeable workforce, healthier families and ultimately prosperous societies. Rs.100 million has been allocated for Bakhtawar Cadet College for Girls Shaheed Benazirabad, being the first institution of its kind in Pakistan, aims at providing quality education to female cadets and empowering them to see that they have the ability to be a great generation.

Besides that, Rs.292.55 million has been earmarked for Seven Cadet Colleges in Sindh.

Five new public colleges have been approved for NFY.

We have kept Rs.1 billion of endowment fund in NFY. The fund is aims to provide financial assistance to students.

An amount of Rs.120 million has been allocated for Sindhi Adabi Board, Jamshoro for NFY against Rs.100 million provided in FY2020-21.

In next financial year Grant to IBA Community Colleges is increased by 50% from Rs.80 million to Rs.120 million (increase from Rs.20 million to Rs.30 million each).

An amount of Rs.100 million has been allocated in NFY for Co-curricular Activities of Sports, Purchase of Lab Equipment / Material.

Financial Assistance of Rs.46.20 million have been provided to the heirs of Civil Servants died during service in CFY

Issue of Librarians / Director Physical Education has been resolved by creating 68 new posts of BPS-18 and 19 to providing them career progression.

17 New Degree Colleges will be established in districts of Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Sanghar, Umerkot and 3 districts of Karachi Division, Korangi, Malir and West.

SINDH EDUCATION FOUNDATION: Murad Ali Shah said that the Sindh Education Foundation, a major arm of the Sindh government for Public Private Partnerships in the education sector, currently held a portfolio of around 475,000 students in 1800 schools and Centers across the province.

He counted the achievement of the Sindh Education Foundation in the current financial year as follows:

100 schools have been upgraded this year to provide post-primary education (elementary and secondary) to the most disadvantaged communities across Sindh. It is estimated that more than 10,000 students, especially girl students will benefit from this vertical expansion.

240,000 students will be added to its current portfolio at the start of new academic year by adding another 1200 schools under the Foundation Assisted Schools Program.

Foundation has visited around 1200 proposed sites as well as around 12000 government schools in the vicinity of the proposed schools’ sites across Sindh for gauging the educational requirements and feasibility in numerous communities across the province. This will bring down the number of Out-of-Schools Children (OOSC) in Sindh.

Foundation is supporting around 2,500 meritorious students including more than 400 meritorious students who have been awarded Scholarships in 2021

Operationalizing around 28 English Medium and Comprehensive High Schools from the new academic year (2021-22) with an estimated enrollment of around 16,000 – 18,000 students.

Collaborated with Microsoft Pakistan through which 15,000 teachers of the Foundation are given free of cost access to Microsoft learning platforms for online teaching and learning activities for their respective classrooms along with access to numerous online resources.

Implemented Teachers Training on Early Childhood Education and Development across Sindh for the Foundation Assisted Schools focusing pandemic and ensured that learning gaps are minimized. Foundation has also performed physical ‘Classroom Observations’ across Sindh, specifically in the most vulnerable schools to help the school stakeholders improve their academic standing.

The CM told the house said that the plans for next financial year 2021-22 include:

Foundation will be functionalizing around 500-800 viable government schools’ buildings under the Foundation’s Public-Private Partnership Model

Upgrade as many schools as viable in order to provide post-primary education (elementary and secondary) to the most deserving communities especially girl students across Sindh. It is estimated that around 15,000 students will benefit from this intervention in the Academic Year 2022-23.

Expanding its Non-formal Education portfolio through present as well as new partners. It is expected that another 20,000 learners will benefit from the expansion of NFE portfolio of the Foundation.

The Youth Education Employment Empowerment Project has been launched with a dedicated focus on educating, training, and empowering 15,000 youth in Sindh as joint initiative with the UNDP on 50/50 cost sharing basis. Till now, the Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established which is engaged in a scoping exercise. The Project is also mobilizing private sector including textile, automotive, construction, agriculture, and services sectors. The Project has taken all the relevant government departments and bodies on board including Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Sindh and STEVTA. The Project is going to give an impetus to the implementation of the Sindh Youth Policy in the province.

In order to implement the plans, the Sindh government has been providing monetary support to the foundation, he said and added for next year we intend to provide Sindh Education Foundation Rs.10.75 billion, an increase of 13 percent over allocation of current financial year.

UNIVERSITIES AND BOARDS: In the Current Financial Year, the grant for public sector Universities was Rs.11.07 billion, Murad Shah said and added for the next financial year, the volume of grant has been increased by 20 percent to Rs.13.314 billion.

An amount of Rs.2 billion has been allocated for Registration, Enrollment and Annual Examination Fees of Classes IX-XII.

An amount of Rs.1.2 billion has been allocated for Scholarship to Students securing A1 Grade in SSC and HSSC in Educational Boards of Sindh.

An amount of Rs.416.516 million has been allocated for Sindh Higher Education Commission for FY2021-22 against Rs.285.733 million in FY2020-21.

Grant of Rs.200 million is provided to Begum Nusrat Bhutto University for Women at Sukkur.

Sukkur IBA University has been allocated grant of Rs.1329.239 million.

Dawood University of Engineering, Science and Technology Karachi has been allocated grant of Rs. 1,000 million.

Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur has been allocated grant of Rs.300 million.

NED University of Engineering, Science and Technology Thar Campus has been allocated grant of Rs.200 million.

NED University of Engineering, Science and Technology, Karachi has been allocated Endowment Fund of Rs.300.00 million.

Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi has been allocated grant of Rs.100 million.

International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Karachi has been allocated grant of Rs. 100.00 million.

Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Karachi has been allocated grant of Rs. 6.853 million.

Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi has been allocated grant of Rs. 20 million.

Grant of Rs.200 million has been allocated for Thar Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (TIEST), NED Campus of Tharparkar, the CM said and added initially, the College had launched BS (Computer Science) programme in 2019. From this year, Civil Engineering Programme will be offered with an initial intake of 50 students, he said and added that would enable locals to acquire education and research excellence in engineering and allied disciplines.

Under the current portfolio major initiatives have been incorporated, they include:

Establishment of Center of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Block-chain at Sukkur IBA

Strengthening of Dawood University of Engineering and Technology Karachi.

Construction of Central/Digital Library at CMC of SMBBMU Larkana.

Establishment of Sindh University Campuses at Badin and Mirpurkhas.

In-Patient General and Neuro Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Services at Karachi.

SOCIAL PROTECTION

PRO-POOR and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MEASURES

The chief minister said that Sir William Beveridge, a British economist described the five economic giants – Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. “With all humility, I would like to say that this budget in specific and the policies of the Sindh government are essentially focused on combating these five issues,” he said.

He said that a strategy to encourage community driven economic activities, focusing on supporting home-based businesses, small and medium enterprises, a social protection and economic sustainability package of Rs.30.9 billion was proposed for the next financial year 2021-22.

Rs.10.0 billion is proposed for cash transfers to individuals affected by COVID-19 under Sindh Peoples Support Program through Social Protection Strategic Unit, Social Welfare department.

Rs.3.0 billion is allocated for a Soft Loan Program for Small and Medium Enterprises. Loan size will range from Rs.0.5 million to a maximum of Rs.2.0 million.

An allocation of Rs.3.0 billion is proposed under Poverty Alleviation Program for small farmers/community-based loans in rural areas. Loan size of Rs.25,000 using poverty reduction score cards of ongoing poverty reduction program by utilizing services of SRS.O, NRSP, Thar Deep etc. through Social Protection Strategist Unit, Social Welfare department.

Rs.2 billion is earmarked for Low-Cost Housing through Benazir Housing Cell catering needs of the poor who either do not have their own houses or their houses are in dilapidated condition posing risk to their life and property.

Rs.2.0 billion is earmarked for a Small Business Support Fund in urban areas through Social Protection Strategist Unit, Social Welfare department. Loan size will be a maximum of Rs.0.20 million.

Rs.1.0 billion is kept for Supporting Technology-based startups, incubators, and accelerators through Investment Department.

Rs.2 billion is allocated for Registration, Enrolment and Annual Examination Fee of Classes (IX to XII) in next financial year.

Rs.1.2 billion is earmarked for Scholarship to Position Holders for Grades in SSC and HSSC in Educational Boards of Sindh.

Rs.1 billion subsidy will be provided for purchase of Quality Rice Seeds to the farmers with land holding of 25 acres or less.

Rs.1.0 billion will be provided on account of Fertilizer subsidy to the farmers with landholding of 25 acres or less.

Rs. 1.0 billion will be provided as subsidy for Pesticides to small farmers with landholding of 25 acres or less.

Rs.500 million is proposed for Livestock breeding. Concerned department will be Livestock and Fisheries Department.

Rs.500 million is allocated for Financing Livestock and Fisheries Enterprise Development.

Rs.500 million is earmarked Benazir Women Agriculture Workers Program through Labour Department.

Rs.700.0 million is kept for Support of I.T interventions and Innovations Solutions in Goods and Accelerators through Investment department in consultation with I.T Department.

A Special Children Fund of Rs.500 million is earmarked for providing every family with Special Children up-to Rs.0.100 million through Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Rs.500 million is proposed for Revamping and Establishment of Orphanage through Social Welfare Department.

Rs.500 million is also kept for Old age home at Districts level through Social Welfare Department.

The government-initiated poverty reduction program from two districts and expanded to 12 districts, the CM said that through this programme the government has reached out to one million women households. He added the Success of Peoples’ Poverty Reduction Program attracted European Union to join provincial government’s initiative through `Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Program’ (SUCCESS) in additional 8 districts.

Under next generation reforms, poverty reduction strategy has been developed which focuses on Community Driven Local Development (CDLD), rural and urban services hub through cluster approach and enterprise development, Murad Shah said and added this approach was being implemented in district Sujawal as pilot.

WOMEN DEVELOPMENT: The Sindh government has taken a number of steps towards economic, social, political and legal empowerment of women to realize the dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who wished to see the women of this country actively and equally participating in all walks of life, Murad Shah said and added for next financial year, an allocation for Women Development Department has been increased from Rs.348.581 million to Rs.571.975 million an increase of 64 percent whereas, Rs.320million have been earmarked under Provincial ADP 2021-22, out of which Rs. 296 million are for ongoing and Rs.24 million are for new schemes. Some of the important schemes are Establishment of Women Development Complex, Sales and Display Centers Working Women Hostel Karachi and Women Complaint Cells across Sindh, he announced.

MINORITY AFFAIR: The chief minister said that the Sindh Government was fully committed to safeguard the Rights of Minorities as enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, under Article 25. “We believe in equality, our policies are not specific for any class, creed or gender,” he said and added “even though benefits of our development program are all inclusive, we have provided Rs.750 million as grant-in-aid, in CFY 2020-21.” About 24000 beneficiaries of minority communities have been facilitated. These funds were utilized under Financial Assistance, Medical Treatment, Scholarship, Marriage/Jahez funds, Natural Calamity and Repair/Renovation of Religious places of Minorities.

Murad Shah said that besides this, Rs.638.5 million were allocated in the current financial year 2020-21 for 94 Non-ADP schemes regarding Renovation / Repair and Maintenance of Buildings and Structure of minority communities.

The Department intends to complete 05 individual ADP schemes and expand welfare funds to 30,000 beneficiaries of minority communities during next F.Y 2021-22, he said and added the department intended to start about 97 ADPs schemes of Rs.1154 million in the financial year 2021-22. The achievements during the last five years are as under:

About 94000 persons of Minority Communities have benefited and provided relief during last five years from funds Grant-in-Aid.

Sindh government has enacted “The Sindh Hindus Marriage (Amendment) Act, Bill 2018” and Rules of this act have been framed.

“The Sindh Provincial commission for Minorities rules, 2020” have been drafted.

Five Facilitation Desks have been established at Divisional level to resolve minorities’ issues at the spot.

Moreover, following two bills are in process.

The Sindh Minorities Right Commission Bill No.08 of 2019.

The Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill No.09 of 2019.

SOCIAL WELFARE: The chief minister said that the Welfare of the marginalized sections of the society, being the top Government priority, reflects in the budget of the Current Revenue Expenditure in which Social Welfare Department allocation has been allocated Rs.18.57 billion in the next financial year as compared to Rs.1.8 billion in 2019-20. The ADP for the next financial year is projected at Rs. 290 million that is an increase of 45 percent over ADP of Rs. 200 million of current financial year.

Mr Shah said his government was planning to give an entirely new outlook to the facilities in Social Welfare Department. Important features are highlighted as under:

Through Sindh Charities Registration and Regulation Commission all NGOs / NPOs are being registered online by Social Welfare Department.

Grant-in-Aid to Darul Sukun has been increased from Rs.100 million to Rs.150 million.

A large number of women were provided skill training in different field and earned pocket money through Order Work for socio-economic poverty alleviation programme. More than 700 women have benefited by the services of Darul Aman.

Child Protection Units and Children Help Lines have been established in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur and Grant amounting to Rs.150 million has been allocated for the Child Protection Authority Sindh.

Establishment of SOS Homes (Shelter Homes) at Divisional level with Rs.100.0 million.

Funds amounting to Rs.5 Million have been allocated for Dar UL- Khushnud.

Rs.5 million has been earmarked for Sindh Charity Registration Commission.

Lost and Found Children Centres have been established at two different locations at the cost of Rs.50.0 million in District East, Shanti Nagar, and Malir Karachi.

Allocated Rs.30.0 million as Grant-in-Aid to Sindh Senior Citizen Welfare Funds.

An amount of Rs.22.4 million has been allocated as the financial Assistance to the families of deceased employees in CFY.

The Sindh government has initiated various development schemes which are under completion includes establishment and Strengthening of Darul Atfal and Rehabilitation of Street Children through Civil Society Organization Korangi-5, Karachi. Establishment of Darul Aman at Mirpurkhas and Jacobabad. Establishment of Rehabilitation Center for Senior Citizen at Karachi. Establishment of Strengthening and Upgradation of Social Welfare Training Institute Karachi (1-Unit) in Sindh at Karachi. Establishment of Rehabilitation Center for Drug Addicts at Karachi. Repair and Renovation of Building and Improvement of Services of Drul Aman Sukkur. Establishment of Old Age Center in each district.

EMPOWERMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITES: As a social responsibility, people’s government has taken extra measures for the welfare of differently abled persons, he aid and added the government has made some achievements during the last year and also plans to further improve the facilities in the coming year. They include as follows:

`Repair and Renovation of 21 Special Education Centers in the Province, Excluding Centers Of Excellence would be completed till June, 2021.

The Audio-Visual Library at Special Education Complex, Gulistan-e-Johr, Karachi would be be completed till June, 2021.

Centre for Attention Deficit Hyper / Active Disorder (ADHD) and Dyslexia Children, Korangi Karachi would be completed till June, 2021 and remaining Revenue Component would also be completed during next financial year, 2021-22.

Sindh Persons with Disabilities Protection Authority has been established for protection of the rights of the Persons with Disabilities of Sindh province during the current financial year, 2020-21.

Driving license to hearing impaired Persons are going to be issued. The Department had employed more than 4000 Persons with Disabilities in various Departments of Government of Sindh under 05% reserved quota for persons with Disabilities.

Food/ Diet/ Nutrition as per need of each and every enrolled Special Children had been served in whole of the Province during the financial year, 2020-21.

Stipend atRs.2000/- each to 3500 enrolled children with disabilities have been provided.

Pick and drop facility also provided to 3500 enrolled children with Disabilities through throughout the Province.

Braille Printing press had been established at Govt. Special Education and Rehabilitation Complex at Gulistan-e-Johar Karachi.

The initiatives will be taken during the next financial year, 2021-22 are as follows:

Establishment of Special Education and Rehabilitation Complex at Tando Muhammad Khan

To strengthen the Special Education Teachers Training Academy Sindh at Hyderabad.

Project “Sindh Persons with Disabilities Data Base Management Project (SDDMP)” to maintain the data of the Persons with Disabilities

Survey and Data collection of Persons including Children with Disabilities in the Province is under way which will be completed in NFY

To strengthen sports activities among the students with disabilities in entire province

PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES: The chief minister said that we have witnessed that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Infrastructure Finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) across the globe during 2020-2021. He added as the world comes out of lockdowns, infrastructure investment remains a major lever for economic stimulus, while fiscal pressures mean governments have fewer resources to invest directly using traditional approaches. Government “demand” for PPPs as a way to bridge this financing gap is therefore increasing.

Keeping in view the demand gap, Mr Shah said that the persistent efforts have been made by the Sindh government to ensure that its Public Private Partnership Program should not only remain on track but in fact it should outperform in these days of crises to ensure that the infrastructure requirements are not compromised.

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE:

Malir Expressway Project (MEW): The Malir Expressway Project, a 38.75 KMs controlled access six-lane project, under Public Private Partnership was awarded for Rs.27.58 billion resulting in savings of billions of rupees to the Sindh government. The Concessionaire has mobilized its team on the site and work on access roads is in full swing.

M9-N5 Link Road Project (LRP): The M9-N5 Link Road Project was launched for Investor Solicitation in August 2020. The Project serves as the Commercial Corridor providing upcountry access to the traffic emanating from Port Qasim, Industrial areas of Landhi, Korangi, and Steel Mill and is located at the heart of Karachi’s three major developments of Bahria Town, DHA City and Education City. It may be noted that considering its significance, the project has been part of PSDP, Government of Pakistan.

The project cost was estimated at Rs 5.5 billion whereas the bid award was under PKR 2 billion. The Concession agreement has been signed on April 1, 2021 and the construction is expected to start within next 2 months. The project has several distinguishing features such as it is only project in Sindh which would be 100 percent financed by the Private Partner with its own equity with no Bank and VGF Financing. And, Traffic risk has been 100 percent endured by the Private Partner, Murad Ali Shah said.

Karachi Urban Road Initiative: The chief minister said that consultants of the project have completed feasibility study as well as transaction structuring of Urban Road Initiative comprised of following projects:

Mauripur Expressway and ICI interchange: Construction of an expressway eight km two into two (2×2 lane), linking Mauripur Road and Lyari Expressway to the beach areas by an alternate route through the back waters. The construction of this corridor will resolve the traffic pressure in the city as the proposed expressway will also have its connectivity with Lyari Expressway.

Another segment of this project involves construction of interchange (1 km 2 lane one way) at ICI Bridge. This segment will relieve severe traffic congestion that arises at peak hours on Jinnah Bridge. The construction period for this segment is one year.

WATER and SEWAGE:

Supply of Industrial Water from Nabisar to Vajhair: This project has been developed on fast-track basis, even though the last year marred the overall country’s progress on economic front. The project cost is estimated at Rs 30.5 billion and it is ready for financial close. The construction is expected to start within a month time. The developer is the biggest sovereign fund in the world who has been invited by the Sindh government to invest in the infrastructure of Sindh.

Karachi Hub Water Canal: The CM disclosed that the Karachi Hub canal was currently in a dilapidated state as about 26 percent of water flowed was lost during transportation owing to leakages, evaporation and seepages within the canal.

He said the project scope involved the rehabilitation of Karachi Hub Water Canal infrastructure including a 22.4km canal, pumping stations, water filtration plant and rising mains. It also includes installation of a solar plant to serve as an alternative source of power to the national grid.

The KWSB has appointed International Finance Corporation (IFC) PPP Transaction Advisory as Lead Transaction Advisor to design the project. This project is expected to have a major development impact, as being the first PPP in the water infrastructure sector within the country, it will allow for replication and pave the way for more transactions in the water sector in the country, thereby helping with the water scarcity it is currently facing. The project cost is estimated at Rs 14.3 billion. The feasibility study for the project is currently in its final stages and the project is expected to be launched for investor solicitation in the first quarter of 2022.

Waste Water Treatment Plant at TP-1: Karachi Water and Sewerage Board with the assistance of Public Private Partnership Unit and Asian Development Bank is developing a 50 MGD Municipal Waste Water Recycling Project in Karachi. The project will be first of its kind in Pakistan whereby a concessionaire will convert the sewerage water into industrial use and take over the responsibility of the water supply to industries in SITE Area, carry out the operations and maintenance, up-gradation, replacement and establishment of required water supply infrastructure of KWSB’s water treatment plant at TP-1. The project cost is estimated at PKR 35 billion.

INDUSTRIES and COMMERCE

Dhabeji Special Economic Zone (DSEZ): The DSEZ is expected to bring in stimulus with manifold benefits not only to the province of Sindh but also national economy. These benefits will include job creation, industrial development, investment flows in the country, increase in exports and notable impact on national GDP. Initial investment flow of Rs.18-20 billion is expected in the form of project cost which will be totally financed by private firm. The project is expected to generate notable income flows for Sindh government in the form of share in the revenues.

The project has several distinguishing features including it is only project in Sindh approved under CPEC financing. It is the largest infrastructure on PPP mode in the country in terms of expected investment inflows. It is the first PPP project with complete demand risk transfer, no Viable Gap of Fund financing and no debt due obligation / SBLC.

Marble City Project: The project is under feasibility stage whereby the government is working on development of Marble city on 300 acres of land near Northern Bypass which is industry-specific SEZ. The project is expected to flourish industry of stone, granite and marble in Sindh. The project cost is estimated at Rs 6 billion.

HEALTH SECTOR:

Health Facilities under PPP Mode: Murad Ali Shah said that the health facilities and regional blood centers (RBCs) outsourced to private partners on PPP Mode throughout Sindh have successfully managed operations during the pandemic serving patients on continuous basis to achieve the optimal balance between fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and maintenance of essential health services. Furthermore, the agreement term for a number of health facilities is about to complete and outsourcing of such facilities will be re-tendered during 2021-2022.

EDUCATION SECTOR:

Education Management Organizations (EMOs): During 2021-22, it is expected that 80 more public sector schools (in a cluster model) with more than 35,000 students will be outsourced to reputable EMOs through competitive bidding process, the chief minister said adding this to the previous outsourced school will sum up to total 219 schools with approximately 150,000 students.

Non-Formal Education (NFE): This is a very significant project that will cater approximately four million out-of-school children and will bring them into the formal education system through the accelerated education program, Murad Shah said and added the School Education and Literacy Department has initiated procurement process to hire consultants for feasibility study. The consultants shall conduct feasibility in five priority districts such as Larkana, Khairpur Mir, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sanghar, Hyderabad.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Technology Park at NED University: The Sindh government aims to develop a Technology Park at NED University of Karachi, to promote technical education, research and development. The feasibility study of the project was expedited and completed during 2020-21. The project cost is estimated at Rs 8 billion. The project is expected to be tendered in three months’ time.

CULTURE and TOURISMS

Tharparker Tourism Project: The Chief Minister said that the district Tharparker, one of Pakistan’s most beautiful natural environments has a tremendous potential as a magnet for tourism activities and revenue. “The tourism spots at Thar such as Nagarparker (Karoonjhar Mountains), Mithi, and Naukot Fort offer great potential to develop tourism activities,” he said and added under the project a world class tourism spots and activities to attract further greater number of tourists round the year would be established. The Culture and Tourism Department has initiated procurement process to hire consultants for feasibility study and transaction advisory services.

Murad Ali Shah said that the Sindh government led the entire country in Public Private Partnership and our project portfolio has grown up to Rs 200 billion. “This portfolio consists of projects worth around Rs 110 billion for Karachi, which includes mega projects like Malir Expressway, Karachi Hub Water Canal, Urban Road Initiatives in Karachi, Waste Water Treatment Plant at TP1 and Technology Park at NED University which shows the practical manifestation of the provincial government’s commitment for the people of Karachi,” he said.

EMPLOYMENT GENERATION and SKILL DEVELOPMENT

The Government of Sindh initiated a mega skill development program namely Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program in 2008-09, the CM said and added in its thirteen years of existence, the Board has trained approximately 434,260 Youth which included 246,426 males and 187,834 females in various employable trades through public and private sectors.

The trainings covers employable sectors ,i-e Information Technology, Robotics, Internet of things, Paramedics, Culinary Arts, Machinist and Metal Worker, Farming, Construction, Technicians, Beautician, Fashion Designing, Aviation etc.

The data of trainees represents 43 percent female ratio; while, 13 percent of them have been employed and the great number is self-employed. Almost 107,178 trainees (encompassing training phases I-XII) that makes 33 percent have received decent employment in various sectors including health, education, hospitality, banking and aviation.

The BBSHRRDB imparting training in collaboration with some of the leading training institutes such as IBA, ICMA, Sindh Madarsah, Skill Development University Khairpur and National Logistics Cell (NLC) which currently supports our trainees in placement in CPEC projects.

Board is planning to include soft skills courses (cognitive, socio-emotional and digital skills) in technical skills curriculum in NFY. The Board is formulating strategies for employment facilitation by collaborating with Overseas Employment Corporation’s (OEC) Job Portal is in the pipeline. The training is being imparted free of cost and the Govt. of Sindh bears all expenses. Every trainee is paid Rs.2,500 as stipend per month.

STEVTA: Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) has enrolled 50,773 trainees and trained 20,457 across Sindh in the current financial year 2020-21. According to a Tracer Study conducted through Third Party Grantt Throtton, Lahore and Aman Foundation, Karachi, about 57 percent of passed-out trainees got employment through job placement or self-employment.

Major milestones that have been achieved by the Authority during 2020-21 are:

220 Competency-based-training and assessment Assessors (CBTA) were trained and certified.

80 Principals/Heads of Institutes were trained.

Training offered to 21 Chief Master Trainers.

Skill upgraded of 750 Teachers

Four Computer laboratories were established at E-Learning centres.

18 institutes of STEVTA were upgraded in collaboration with NAVTTC.

Curricula developed for 122 National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

Centre of Excellence was established in collaboration with NAVTTC at Kotri.

100 Institute Management Committees were established

Ten Career Counselling and Job Placement Centres were established.

Memorandum of Collaborations signed with 50 Industries.

Memorandum of Understanding signed with ENGRO (Thar Foundation and SECMC), Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP), Karachi Chamber of Commerce and FCCI.

Authority also took other initiatives which include Women Financial Empowerment training, entrepreneurship training in collaboration with IBA, Karachi and introduction of Competency Based Training in 50 institutes.

For the next financial year 2021-22, various targets have been set to be achieved by STEVTA. Some are them are as follows:

Short term:

Strengthening Institute-Industry linkages to improve quality and relevance of training and access of Trainees/Pass-outs for Internship, On-the-Job Training and Employment respectively within the collaborative Industries.

Implementation of Competency based Curricula and Assessment with the participation of Industry.

Introduction of customized and need based short term training program for industry and youths.

Strengthening training and certification program for informal sector to recognize skill acquired through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) /Ustad-Shagird System.

Evolving effective monitoring and evaluation system to improve governance and delivery of training.

Establishing quality assurance system including ISO certification for institutions.

Accreditation of Institutes for improving their Governance, training delivery and Overall performance.

National and International Accreditation of STEVTA Institutes;

Establishment of E-Libraries/Digital Libraries in the Collegiate of Technology (GCTs)

Medium term: It includes Replication of National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) Implementation in the Province; Capacity Building of Institutes in CBT and A Trades; Replacement of Traditional Qualification with NVQF/CBT and A Trades and Development of Teaching Learning Material 3-Year DAE Programs.

Long term: To roll-out Research and Development and Productivity in the Institutes; Establishing Sector specific Centre(s) of excellence. And Development Demand Driven Innovative CBT and A Curricula/NVQF Qualifications;

For next year the government intends to provide STEVTA Rs.1.88 billion, an increase of 54 percent over allocation of current financial year.

AGRICULTURE and IRRIGATION: Today, agriculture is the mainstay of our economy with over 60 per cent of our population deriving their sustenance from it, the CM said and added his government was determined to improve the conditions in Agriculture Sector.

It contributes 15 to 17 percent of wheat, 33 to 45 percent rice and 25 percent of sugarcane of national production. For the next financial year, the government proposed to increase allocation for agricultural sector from Rs.14.8 billion to Rs.15.26 billion. In ADP, Rs.2.28 billion was allocated in current financial year, whereas, in next year 2021-22, an amount of Rs.5 billion was allocated.

Murad Shah said that his government undertook a holistic plan to improve water availability for competing uses in light of increasing population and increasing needs for climatic adaptation. “The holistic plan includes investment in barrages for extending their lives, investment in major canal infrastructure for reducing conveyance losses, investment in on-farm management and improved water productivity,” he said and added Sindh government was fully aware that water and agriculture have to be integrated, therefore further investments were considered for this integration and incentivizing farmers to progressively revert to agro-climatic zones for improved water productivity and crop yield.

He said that the Regions of Tharparkar, Kacho and Nara region were devoid of surface water irrigation. “The Government envisions Reni canal to improve water availability in Nara region and build storage and recharging dams for improving water availability in Tharparkar and Kacho areas,” he said.

Highlighting the achievements of agriculture sector in 2020-21, the CM said 6757 Hectares Land has been levelled through Bulldozers operations upto 31st March, 2021. 184 watercourses improved under additional lining of already improved watercourses in Sindh.

World Bank projects

SIAPEP: Under World Bank Assisted Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project (SIAPEP) project 709 Watercourses have been improved during 2020-21 and 778 Watercourses are under improvement. Around 38 Natural Enemies Farm Reservoirs (NEFRs.), 3,868 Kitchen Gardens and 06 KIOSKs have been established. High Efficiency Irrigated System (Drip System) has been installed covering 1,845 acres till 30th April, 2021 whereas 1054 acres are under installation.

Agriculture Extension: Agriculture Technologies are being demonstrated to the farmers through Demonstration Plots and Farmers Field Days. Agriculture Extension staff and farmers are being trained to update their knowledge for better delivery of extension services. Introduced Farmers Field School (FFS) approach and have established crop clinics at various places.

Around 1,447 and 355 Pesticide samples were drawn during 2020 and 2021 (upto 17th May, 2021) respectively. Action has been taken on the substandard samples as per law.

Successful locust surveillance and control operation was carried out during 2019 to 2020 and crops were saved from the locust attack.

ICT Agricultural Extension Center has been established at Hyderabad and sub centers at Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Sukkur for advisory service to farming community.

Call Center were established for farmers

Mobile Phone applications are developed for farmer advisory service and field staff online field activities reporting. Applications are available in Google Playstore.

WhatsApp Group “AgriExtSindh” has been established by which more than 40000 farmers are being benefited.

105,000 farmers enlisted on Digitization.

Sindh Agricultural Growth Project (SAGP): This project has provided various equipment/ implements on 30 percent to 70 percent and 50 percent -50 percent co-sharing to more than 10,000 Farmers for promoting mechanized farming. It has reached more than 105,000 Farmers through Farmers Field Schools and Subsidized Equipment throughout 18 districts of Sindh. Moreover, quality of dates has been maintained and market access has been enhanced.

Murad Ali Shah said that his government intended targets for agricultural sector for next financial year are:

125 watercourses for Additional Lining of Already Improved Watercourses in Sindh,

125 watercourses Non-Command Areas for Lift pump/Tube wells already working in Sindh,

High Efficiency Irrigation System (Drip Irrigation) will be installed on 175 Farms (2,450 acres)

2,082 Kitchen Gardens will be established

600 Nos. Agricultural Implements will be provided to growers on 50% subsidy.

150 Nos. Solar Power Tube wells will be installed on subsidized cost.

300 Bores will be conducted through Power Drilling Rig Machines to irrigate 6,073 ha. Land.

Production of Compost/Bio-Fertilizers for assistance of small growers.

Establishment of GIS and Remote Sensing Center for Monitoring of Natural Resources.

Establishment of Centre of Excellence in Seed Science and Technology at Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam.

Irrigation Department has envisaged short term and long term development plans, which include Rehabilitation of Barrages; Rehabilitation, Protection and Capacity Enhancement of Irrigation and Drainage Networks and Conservation of Water through Lining of Channels and building Small Dams.

During 2020-21, 52 schemes are in progress and targeted to be completed by June 2021, of them seven schemes pertain to lining of channels, smooth supply of irrigation water to tail-enders and improve the irrigation and drainage system in the Province. Moreover, 36 schemes of lining of canals will line 680 miles of canals funded by ADB. Government planned for conservation of irrigation water through lining of canals and distributaries. 2261 km of canal lining have been constructed and 4000 watercourses in irrigation and agriculture departments respectively.

The Budget Estimates for Current Revenue Expenditure of Irrigation Department as stated by the chief minister are estimated at Rs21.23 billion for 2021-22. The Current Annual Development Program consists of 182 Schemes, with current allocation of Rs. 11.960 billion. Out of these 164 were on going and 18 have been initiated during current financial year. Moreover, Rs.17 billion has been earmarked for 2021-22 in irrigation sector.

LAW AND ORDER: The Sindh Government has kept law and order as one of its topmost priorities. “Our commitment to establish and maintain law and order is also evident from the fact that Home Department, including police, jails, rangers. and other security agencies is the third largest department in terms of resource allocation with a share of 13 percent in total current revenue expenditure in FY 2020-21” he said and added the Home Department has been allocated Rs.119.97 billion in next FY 2021-22 as against estimates of Rs.113.87 billion in 2020-21; which is an increase of 5.4 percent.

In the current financial year, numerous milestone were achieved, he mentioned few of them as follows:

Rs.661 has been spent for training of newly recruited Police Constables at Pakistan Army Training Centers

Crime rate on account of Terrorism and other heinous crimes has been reduced significantly from 2019-20.

Around 32,371 hardened criminals have been nabbed.

All driving license branches throughout Sindh have been connected centrally and driving licenses are being delivered to the applicant at their doorsteps through TCS service.

IT Lab, Control and Reporting centres and reporting rooms at office/Police Stations throughout Sindh have been established.

5 Facilitation centers are going to be established at Divisional level in second stage.

Benevolent Fund has been distributed through digital online system to the legal heirs of deceased Police personnel.

3690 Police Personnel have been recruited through NTS.

800 cases pertaining to Financial Assistance to deceased Police Personnel have been cleared.

Certificates and cash awards were distributed to outstanding performing officers.

Training staff of Sindh Police have been sent to HQ 5 Corp for specialized training course.

Bomb Disposal Squad equipments have been enhanced with the latest and modern technology.

11 Police Stations Buildings have been completed and handed over to Police while 15 new buildings are in process of construction.

School of Finance is made functional at CPO for training of DDOs/ Accountant.

Marriage Grant of upto Rs.50,000/- has been granted to all employees of Sindh Police.

Sindh Police has made partnership with The Educators, allied Schools, Maryum School crescent group at public school, TCF School for admission of children of Shaheed /on serving official/ officers @50% fees.

Fuel limits of Police Stations/Police Posts have been enhanced in entire Sindh.

A number of measures have been planned to further improve the law and order situation. Including Sindh police intends to establish 259 reporting rooms at Police Station level, Women Police Stations are to be established in the 21 remaining Districts of Sindh, more vehicles are going to be procured in NFY for security and patrolling purposes.

ENERGY: The chief minister said that for industrial and economic development, it is imperative that the country was able to meet its energy demands. “The absence of efficient Energy supply will have disastrous consequences for any economy, agrarian, trade and technological alike,” he said and added therefore, energy remained on top of development agenda for the dynamic leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party.

Budget Estimates for Current Revenue Expenditure of Energy Department are estimated at 23.26 billion, which includes Rs.21 billion for clearance of outstanding liabilities of electricity dues of various government departments pertaining to DISCOs such as KE, HESCO and SEPCO. The ADP for energy department is pitched at Rs. 2.5 billion for FY 2021-22.

Mr Shah highlighted some major achievements in energy sector during the Current Financial Year include:

THAR COAL: Many initiatives were taken and some of them are achieved and others are in progress, the CM said and counted a Mai Bakhtawar Airport, Tharparkar has been completed. This would secure mobilization and boost foreign investment confidence. Eight out of 12 blocks have been allocated to different companies to facilitate mining operations. Road Network is developed connecting all major towns with Thar. A heavy road of 318 km with 70 tones load carrying capacity is linking Thar coalfield with Karachi sea port via Badin.

Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for affectees of Thar Coalfield Blocks were put in place. More than 118 R.O plants are established for provisions of portable water. Construction of 50 Cusecs drainage and wastewater and effluent channel from mining area Thar coalfield unit No. 2 will be completed in current FY 2020-21. Bankable Feasibility Study completed by PRFTC in CFY, for railway connectivity of Thar coalfield (Islamkot to Chorr-105 km). Sindh Coal Mining Concession Rules – 2021 have been enacted which helps in increasing the investment opportunities for local and international coal companies.

SINDH ENGRO COAL MINING COMPANY (SECMC) (THAR COAL BLOCK-2): The Company has produced round seven million tons of coal from which 6.4 GWh of electricity has been produced and sent to National Grid. 2,640 MW of power plants are being set-up at Thar Coal Block-I and Block-II. A 660 MW power plant by Lucky Electric is established at Port Qasim. This Plant will be provided Coal from Phase-III by Sept 2022 which makes it 100 percent Thar Coal based plant beyond Thar. All these projects will be functional in 2021 which will save more than $6 billion.

Two plants of 330 MW each at mine mouth of Engro Powergen Thar Ltd produced round 3.5 GWh of electricity in 202-0-21. Two additional IPPs namely 330 MW Thar Energy Ltd (TEL) and 330 MW Thal Nova Power Thar Ltd (TNPTL) achieved their financial close in Sept 2020. These two IPPs will start their power production from March and June 2022 taking total power output from Block-II at 1,330 MW. The SECMC plans to achieve financial close of its Phase-III by end of 2021 and Inshallah by September 2022, additional 3.8 MTPA will take the mining capacity to 12.2 MTPA.

Pakistan Railways has completed Bankable Feasibility Study of Thar Rail Link to connect Thar Coalfields to the National Rail Network through the Khokhrapar-Munabao in CFY. The GoS Energy Dept. and SECMC are working with Pakistan Railways and the Planning Dept. of Federal Govt to get the Thar Rail Link project completed under PPP mode by 2023.

The Sindh government believes that the primary right of the Thar Coal proceeds and development is of the local Thari people, CM said and added to this end the Thar Foundation has been established to reach out the local population. “The Foundation has provided quality education to 3500 students of Thar through 24 school units in Islamkot, Mithi and Block-2 and Gorano area,” he said and added Thar Foundation Hospital in Islamkot provided COVID-19 testing and Quarantine facility to locals along with more than 5000 patients mostly mother and child at the OPD facility in 2020-21.

Thar Foundation continued to operate 18 RO plants out of which nine are GOS-owned plants providing WHO quality standard water to almost 35,000 people. 09 of these RO Plants are operated by Thari females.

SINO SINDH RESOURCES LIMITED (SSRL) (THAR COAL BLOCK-1)

This project is just a beginning, there will be more and more to follow Block-1 for further commercial exploitation of Thar Coal and SSRL specifically has contributed directly to Economy of Sindh and locals. It has created 7000 jobs (3000 in Mining and 4000 at Power Plants) and large-scale Plantation of indigenous species.

Despite Global Pandemic, SSRL and Power Generation IPP have achieved more than 50% of project completion. The SSRL has installed 20 MW Solar Power System to meet its own in-house requirements. We are confident for both project companies of Thar Coal Block-1 to achieve their COD by mid of next year and contribute to national grid in the form of cheaper energy for the people of Pakistan.

SINDH TRANSMISSION and DISPATCH COMPANY (STDC): Murad Ali Shah said that STDC was currently supplying 100 MW power from Sindh Nooriabad Power Company to KE. “Since achieving COD in January 2018, Company has continuously been supplying power for the people of Karachi without line tripping, outages and with negligible line losses – a fact duly recognized by NEPRA.

The STDC has become a self-sustained organization ensuring economic activities and earned revenue of Rs. 1,009 million and earned net profit after tax of Rs. 100 million and made due repayment of Rs 207 million against principal amount and Rs 61 million against mark-up. “Similarly, in this month of June 2021 it will make further total payments of Rs 246 million against principal and interest,” the chief minister said.

He said that STDC was our success model and exploring new avenues of growth and expansion of the transmission network in the Province. Currently, it is finalizing terms for additional 80 km long transmission line and construction of a grid station for evacuation of 275 MW wind power by 5 IPPs from Jhimpir wind corridor to KE network

Sindh is blessed with not only Thar Coal but also with huge potential of Alternate Energy resources. The People’s Party government has the credit to tap these natural gifts.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES (WIND and SOLAR):

For installation of three Solar Power Projects each of 50 MW in Sukkur, a Tripartite Letter of Support with Government of Sindh and Government of Pakistan have been signed. The World Bank funded, Sindh Solar Energy Project, signing ceremony has been completed with 6 SHS supplies. Besides, eligibility list of SHS suppliers (round 2) has been finalized. 12 Wind Power Projects have achieved Financial Close during in December 2020. This will inject power of 610 MW in national grid in 2021, providing them tariff of around 4.5 cents/ kwh – cheaper than hydel IPPs (8-10 cents/kwh).

VILLAGE ELECTRIFICATION:

About 1789 villages have been electrified and energized till 2021 and remaining work of 429 villages are under progress in VEP. As per settlement agreement in 2020, the payment to the HESCO and SEPCO is being paid as per AMR meters. During financial year 2020-21, the Energy Department, the Sindh government has paid Rs. 3,735.171 million to the SEPCO and Rs. 5,112.466 million to the HESCO. Subsidy of 100 units is provided to 4,514 domestic consumers of Taluka Islamkot. The government of Sindh has paid to HESCO amounting to RS. 39.039 Million as subsidy.

OIL and GAS SECTOR

In Oil and Gas Sector, the Sindh government has provided gas supplies to 855 villages through SSGCL upto 31-12-2020.

In the alternate energy various milestones have been achieved. 225 Primary Health Facilities are electrified through 352 Solar PV Systems in 13 Districts of Sindh. 25 Wind power projects equal to 1235.7 MWs are injecting energy into the National Grid. 20 MW Solar power project are installed on the rooftops and other available spaces on and around Public Sector Buildings in Sindh.

Mr Shah deplored that the notice of this house about Sindh Nooriabad Power Company which in recent days has become a victim of a negative propaganda.

The Sindh government took an initiative and set up Sindh Nooriabad Power Company, in the Public-Private-Partnership mode to generate 100 MW power, the CM said and added that this natural gas-based power plant achieved COD in January 2018, and was supplying uninterrupted power to KE since then. The city of Karachi is the sole beneficiary of this uninterrupted power supply from SNPCL, he said.

Murad Shah said that the power plant was a self-sustaining company and has met all power demands of KE. SNPCL is very high on the Merit Order of KE, because it was cheapest power, which KE is purchasing. As per KE merit order sheet for the month of June 2021, power purchase from SNPCL is well ahead of KE’s own RLNG based BQPS-II power plant which is ranked at merit order No. 6 as compared to merit order No. 2 for SNPCL.

Till end of May 2021, the power plant has dispatched 2604 GW to KE and generated a revenue of Rs 28.4 billion, the CM said and added the company has paid Rs 4 billion in taxes. SNPCL has so far successfully repaid its due loans and made payment of Rs 1.7 billion against principal amount and Rs 3.24 billion under mark-up. In addition the profits accrued by the company upto June 2020 were Rs 1.32 billion.

The House may recall recent total black out in the country, which affected Karachi too, SNPCL was among the first power company which came back on line in 30 minutes and also provided necessary support to KE for restoration of power in the city.

In next financial year, following are our targets:

Establishment of Geological and hydrogeological Database management system of coal field of Sindh.

Pre-Investment Study from Coal to Gas, Coal to Liquid and Urea.

Initiation of Sindh Domestic Biogas Program throughout Sindh for provision of domestic type biogas plants

Procurement and installation of Solar PV Systems at 377 Primary Health Facilities located in Karachi, Hyderabad, T.M Khan, Thatta, Sujawal, Umerkot, Tharparkar, Sukkur, Kashmor @ kandkot, Kambar @ shahdadkot and Jacobabad.

Electrification of Schools through Solar PV Technology in districts Dadu, Shikarpur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, Badin and Sujawal.

Feasibility study for installation of Solar PV powered submersible Water Pumps and Desalination Plants in all Talukas of district Tharparkar.

Identify new wind corridors for the development of new Wind Power Projects so that to achieve ARE targets of 2025 and 2030.

Development of new infrastructure including the roads network and welfare facilities centers at the Lakhra Coal Field.

Up gradation of the rescue stations at Lakhra Coal Field and Thar Coal Field, providing the rescue facilities and rescue training facilities for the coal mining workers.

Establishing the poly trade training institute at Lakhra Coal Field to provide skilled workers for the mining trade.

The infrastructure of the scheme i.e. Transmission Line network and Grid Station will be constructed by STDC and tariff will be awarded by NEPRA. The project is in advanced stage and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) has already been signed between K-Electric, STDC and 05 Wind Power Plant (WPPs).

Construction of 220 KV Double Circuit Transmission Line of 24 Kilometers length.

MoU signed with Kuwait Investment Agency in July 2020 for 250 MW (wind / solar / gas hybrid) power plant for supply to Dhabeji.

An amount of Rs.200 Million is placed for Establishment of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

Completion of Phase-II of Mine expansion by June 2022 which will increase mine capacity to 7.6 MTPA and 1,320 MW power from Block-II

Completion of Phase-III of Mine expansion by Sept 2022 increasing mine capacity to 12.3 MTPA. After achieving Phase-III (12.2 MTPA mine capacity) Thar Coal Tariff will reduce to USD 30 / ton (electricity tariff of around US cents 6.5 per kWh) which will make it the cheapest base load energy source in the Country

The UN SDG baseline survey for entire Islamkot Taluka (50,000 households) is underway and shall be completed by Sept 2021.

In order to exploit on Thar coal potential, Sindh has requested federal Government to consider progressing on Keti Bandar Project and laying a railway line from Islamkot to Mirpurkhas for coal logistics. The two approaches are essential as industrial expansion in Thar is challenged by extreme weather conditions and water availability.

Beside coal power, South of Sindh is also endowed with Jhampir Wind Corridor which has potential to produce 50,000 MW each year. Several power projects have been realized but real potential of wind power is still untapped. It is in wider national interest that investment in wind energy is undertaken. It is a concern that Federal Government has not included wind power in 12th five-year priorities despite the promises wind energy offers.

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE and TRANSPORT:

During the current financial year, we had planned to add 798 km to our road network, the CM said and added despite this pandemic, 95 percent targets for current financial year will be achieved till June 2021. For the next financial year the ADP allocation has been increased for road sector to Rs.34.5 billion from Rs.29.55 billion. An allocation of Rs.3.86 billion is kept for maintenance of road infrastructure.

In 2021-22, 323 schemes are under execution with an allocation of Rs.15.57 billion. The major road sector schemes that have been completed during CFY are as follows:

Construction of Road Network for better rural access by Provincial Government in Lower Sindh 250.00 Kms

Rehabilitation/Improvement of road from Qayas Bhayo Tori Bunglow to Manjhi Pull via RD219 Mujahidabad All Bux Bahalkni and Rais Inayatullah Bhayo mile (19.31Kms), Kashmore

Rehabilitation of dual Carriage way from steel mill to Ghaghar Phatak (13.00 Kms), Karachi

Widening/Reconditioning of Jacobabad Thull Road (37.00 Kms)

Improvement of Road from Nawabshah to Kazi Ahmed i/c Link off taking mile 17/4 to connect national highway @ mile 195/2 road (28.00 Kms) i/c Flyover Bridge @ point Mehran highway

Construction of Bypass/Ring Road (Asphalt) at Hyderabad Tando Muhammad Khan road to Tando Muhammad Khan Sujawal and Badin road-Phase-I, Tando Mohammad Khan

Widening/Reconditioning of Jacobabad Dodapur Garhi Khairo road upto Sheranpur (24.00 kms)

Improvement of road from Matli Tando Ghulam Ali Dumbalo road i/c Improvement of Bypass (37.40 Kms), Badin

Construction of Mirpur Bathoro Bypass road mile 0/0-7/4 (12.00 Kms), Sujawal

Widening/Reconditioning of road from Khatar to Wasi Malook Shah via Mukbara Sharif Road (15.30Kms), Tando Mohammad Khan.

Construction of road Lakha Kandiyari to Village Zanwar Khair Mohammad Lashari via Haji Allah Wadhayo Bhanbhan mile 0/0-8/6 (41.07Kms, Khairpur

Construction of road from Chachro to Khinsar (32.40 kms), Tharparkar

Through Public-Private Partnerships the Sindh govt has initiated seven PPP Projects out of which three projects namely Hyderabad Mirpurkhas Dual Carriageway Project (60km), Sir Agha Khan Jhirk Mullah Bridge (17.2km) and Karachi Thatta Dual Carriageway Project (49) have been successfully completed.

The Sindh government with the assistance of Asian Development Bank has conceived ‘Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project’ for construction/improvement of 328 km of following inter-district roads connecting with National/Provincial Highways. The work on all six roads has been completed. They include 67km road from Tando M. Khan to Badin, 64 km road from Khyber to Sanghar, 63 km road from Sanghar to Mirpurkhas, 54 km road from Digri-Naukot, 44 km road from Thull to Kandhkot, 36 km road from Sheranpur to Rato Dero.

After saving of Rs.4.09 billion on these six roads, additional three roads were included in the project during 2018-19 and these roads have also been completed. They include Improvement of 32 kilometers road from Sehwan Railway Crossing (N-55) to Dadu via Talti up to Dadu-Moro road with cost of Rs.831.0 million. Improvement of 19 kilometers road from Tando Allahyar to Chamber with the cost of Rs.1.7 billion. 29 kilometers road from Jehan Khan (N-65) to Faizo Laro (N-55) via Chak Town with cost of Rs.1.4 billion.

Road Master Plan is being prepared for the next 20 years for the road network of Sindh province this also includes survey of exiting 53000 Km road network.

The future programs also include construction of Hyderabad Southern Bypass, having cost of about $ 1 million. This project is also being initiated with the assistance of Asian Development Bank and most feasible alignment of 54 kms has been finalized.

Murad Ali Shah said that a modern city requires a modern transportation system. Unfortunately, Karachi has still to call home a planned mass-transport system. “Previously, we had unrolled multiple mass-transit programs for Karachi and now we will intensify these programs,” he said and added for next year, his government has allocated Rs.6.47 billion for procurement of Electric Buses. Also, Rs.304 million has been provided as 1st tranche for completing common corridor (BRT Green Line and BRT Red Line) in CFY. In CFY ADP, an allocation in the sector was Rs. 6.4 billion, whereas, in year 2021-22 the allocation has been increased to Rs. 7.1 billion.

He thanked the Federal Government for extending its support for construction of Green Line BRTS and expected that the federal government may revisit its commitment for development of Karachi City. Following are Sindh govt plans for the next financial year:

The Government of Sindh has allocated Rs.3.0 billion in CFY for construction of underpasses and overhead bridges over railway crossing along KCR route. Similarly, funds amounting to Rs.2.0 billion are also allocated for FY 2021-22.

The Government of Sindh has reached an agreement with SIDCL for the installation of Integrated Intelligent Ticketing System (IITS), Bus Operation fare collection system for the BRT Orange Line project.

For NFY, Rs.6.476 billion has been earmarked as Grant in Aid for procurement of 250-Diesel Hybrid Electric Buses under Sindh Intra District Peoples Bus Services Project.

BRTS Orange line, 3.88 km corridor, connecting BRTS Green line, is expected to be completed by June, 2021.

Red line BRT has been initiated in year 2021 at the cost of Rs. 75 billion and its ground breaking is expected in 3rd quarter of 2021. It will improve arterial connectivity of Malir and East districts with Central Business District.

The financial opening for Procurement of detailed design, Procurement support and construction supervision consultant has already been completed. Furthermore, the award of contract for 26 km Yellow Line is planned to be finalized in CFY.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT and PUBLIC HEALTH: During the current financial year Rs.78 billion are earmarked for local councils in Sindh. For the next financial year the chief minister proposed an allocation of Rs.82 billion.

Unfortunately, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and District Municipal Corporations of Karachi have long been plagued with maladministration and poor resource generation, Mr Shah said and added their elected representatives had failed to steer them in the right direction. He added that with the appointment of administrators things have started to improve.

Murad Shah said that Karachi was the financial, commercial, and industrial hub of country; however, it required improvement in liveability. In view of immense significance of Karachi as a financial / economic hub of the country, the highest chunk of the foreign loan/PPP mode projects has been reserved for Karachi package, he said and added currently there were 48 projects in ADP, Foreign Project Assistance and PPP (Public private partnership) mode in Karachi district of Rs. 388.18 billion and collective allocation for the next FY 2021-22 is Rs. 68.75 billion.

There are nine PPP mode projects in Karachi Package for the estimated cost of Rs. 110.968 billion initiated in Road Infrastructure, Water, Information Technology and Health sectors. Currently there are six projects in the Karachi package collectively funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Asia Infrastructure and Investment Bank signed in last 02 years for the total approved cost of Rs. 189.458 billion. The allocation kept for the next FY 2021-22 is Rs. 39.619 billion.

There are 33 projects of Karachi District in provincial ADP for the total cost of Rs. 87.754 billion are in different implementation phases. The total expenditure incurred till date is Rs. 15.316 billion and total allocation for the next FY 2021-22 is Rs. 21.730 billion.

Under CLICK project not only aims to improve the governance but would also provide financial support to local bodies to invest on improvement of municipal infrastructure. Over Rs.20 billion would be spent by the local bodies on infrastructure of Karachi. Under the project work on important schemes such as construction of 6.5 Km road from Machli Chowk to KANNUP at a cost of 800 million would be completed during 2021-22. Also, through the project an amount of 5.2 billion would be disbursed amongst local councils of Karachi during next financial year for improvement of municipal infrastructure.

The CLICK Project also aims to improve revenues of Local Councils of Karachi. At present, around Rs2 billion property tax are collect from Karachi. Much smaller cities in our neighbouring countries generate a much higher amount. Under the CLICK Project we have planned to undertake the property tax survey of Karachi City. It is expected that property tax potential of Karachi City is around 20 billion.

Moreover, the Sindh government has allocated Rs.8 billion for Sindh Solid Waste Management Board which is in addition to Rs.82 billion earmarked for Local Councils.

To improve urban spaces the project of Karachi Neighbourhood Improvement Project (KNIP) has been underway for Rs.10.26 billion.

Karachi Water and Sanitation Services Improvement Plan (KWSSIP) has been initiated. It is a Series of Projects (SOP) with overall investment of around $ 1.6 billion over a period of 10 years. The first SOP aiming at institutional strengthening and capacity of is underway for Rs.14.73 billion. KWSSIP is a reform led plan to transform Karachi Water and Sewerage Board into a professional and viable utility organization. KWSSIP includes augmentation plan for increased water supply, greater Sewerage disposal program of S-III, five treatment plants for treating 450 MGD of sewer water before disposing it in ocean, treatment of industrial waste through combined effluent treatment plants. The infrastructure investment in municipal system and institutional investment in Karachi Water and Sewerage Board will transform KW and SB in a professional and viable utility company and improve Karachi’s liveability.

For efficient and sustainable solid waste management of city, project of Solid Waste Emergency and Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has been initiated at cost of Rs.17.64 billion with the help of World Bank finances. It comprises of garbage collection mechanism, Garbage Transfer Station, and two Mechanized Land fill sites to manage solid waste of city.

Due to the catastrophic rains during monsoon 2020 and the resultant inundation of Karachi city, it was decided to improve the storm water drains (Nullahs) of Karachi to ensure timely disposal of rainwater. The three major Nullahs of Karachi namely Mahmoodabad, Gujjar and Orangi Nullahs were selected in the first phase to provide immediate relief. These Nullahs are being restored to their original hydraulic design so that the storm water drain, sewerage disposal, and solid waste system may function smoothly.

Government undertook mega projects in Karachi since last three years for infrastructure development and rehabilitation. 40 such projects of Rs.28.0 billion were initiated, of them 20 projects have been completed till last year and 20 are being completed during 2020-21.

Besides above stated initiatives, investment in major infrastructure projects for Karachi through PPP have been initiated. They include:

Link Road for Korangi: 12 kms dual carriageway starting from Korangi Creek / Causeway to PAF Airmen Golf Club, it will be an alternate route to resolve the heavy traffic jams and diversion issues.

Expressway from Mauripur to Y- Junction: 8 kms dual carriageway starting from Lyari Expressway ramp at Mauripur road towards Y-Junction of Kakapir road, it will resolve the traffic pressure in the city as this will also have its connectivity with Lyari Expressway.

Interchange at ICI Bridge: 3.06 kms road starting from 0.3 km north of ICI Bridge intersection at Mauripur road towards elevated right turn merges at ICI Bridge to facilitate heavy traffic pressure from Karachi city and Karachi Port using Lyari Expressway and Mauripur Road.

The Sindh government is sharing the financial burden of KMC. The funds are released on monthly basis on account of regular OZT share, regular pension amount and regular grant-in-aid amounting to Rs.161.035 million, Rs.215.489 million and Rs.600 million respectively. The total amount is Rs.976.524 million. The annual total amount stood at 10.528 billion. This figure includes Rs.48 million, one-time special grant in aid.

The Regular Grant-in-Aid amounting to Rs.204.0 million is being released to KDA on monthly basis to meet out salary/Pension and other Non-Development expenditure. Funds released to KDA during current financial year 2020-21 are Rs.2.4 billion, Rs.594.96 million on account of regular grant in aid and one-time special grant in aid respectively. The Sindh government is also paying monthly electricity charges of KW and SB since 2016. Approximately Rs.7.98 billion has been provided in 2020-21 till 31st March. In addition to that, financial support of Rs.489.6 million has been provided to KW and SB to clear the pension dues during CFY 2020-21.

The Development Portfolio of Local Government Department for current financial year was Rs.14.734 billion for 347 development schemes. This includes Rs.1.9 billion for 19 Mega Schemes. Out of the total allocation, Rs.16.271 billion was the allocation against 409, including 230 on-going and 179 new, Schemes of Local Government wing. Rs.2 billion for New Scheme for Improvement of Major Cities and Towns, Rs.2.460 billion for 12 Schemes of Solid Waste Management.

For next financial year, Rs.25.5 billion have been earmarked for 268 ongoing and 293 new development schemes of Local Government Department. Moreover, Rs.8 billion has also proposed for Karachi mega projects.

To improve the quality of natural water bodies and elimination of sewerage being disposed-off in the fresh water bodies, the Sindh government has initiated the on-going scheme namely “Elimination of Sewerage Discharging in Irrigation Canals and lakes in Sindh Phase-I” costing Rs.3.764 billion was initiated in 2018 and its Phase-II, “Elimination of Sewerage Discharging in Irrigation Canals and Lakes in Sindh” costing Rs.3.573 billion has been taken up in the current financial year 2020-21. In current financial year about 12 percent of development budget was spent on water supply and sanitation schemes.

For next financial year an ADP allocation for PHE department has been increased from Rs.11.36 billion to Rs.15.0 billion.

ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS and WILD LIFE:

The droughts and sudden floods destroying towns and villages are the direct result of overexploitation of resources and a failure to safeguard our forests, lakes and waterways. Just to preserve and protect our environment for future generations.

In Current Financial Year, Rs.0.84 billion was kept for the sector, whereas, in next financial year 2021-22 an amount of allocation is more than three times than that of last year, it is Rs.2.7 billion.

Tree plantation and enhancing green cover will be the major focus of Forest Department in next financial year. It includes Regeneration and forest development in Riverine Forests will be done on 25,000 acres; Irrigated plantations will be developed on 6,500 acres. Roadside and Canal side plantations will be raised on 1,000 avenue kilometers. Mangrove forests will be planted and protected over 35,000 acres. A huge target of 35.0 million container plants will be developed in the network of departmental and youth nurseries for supply of plants to interested stakeholders at subsidized rates. Urban and block forestry will be done over 2,000 acres in and around cities and towns of the province. Scrub hill forests will also be developed over 1000 acres in Kohistan and Thar areas.

All above targets will be achieved through on-going development schemes. They include 10 billion Tree Tsunami Program (TBTTP/GPP) with 50 percent funding by federal government and 50 percent by Government of Sindh over a period of four years. Sarsabz Sindh Program focusing on Larkana Civil Division. Possible Role of Mangroves in curbing Sea Intrusion Enhancing Tree cover on state Forestlands.

RELIEF AND WELFARE MEASURES

DISTRIBUTION OF COMPENSATION: The Sindh government has provided Rs.4.02 billion as relief grant and for distribution of compensation to the affectees of Monsoon during 2020-21. For 2021-22, an allocation of Rs.500 million has been kept for various relief measures.

PROCUREMENT OF RELIEF ITEMS: The Sindh government of Sindh has released Rs.1.19 billion for relief operation and procurement of relief items during the heavy rain of Monsoon to PDMA Sindh during CFY 2020-21. For next year, 2021-22, Rs.1 billion has been kept for Relief activities.

MOBILE DIAGNOSTIC and EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE SERVICES:

The government of Sindh has released additional funds amounting to Rs.489.281 million to Rehabilitation Department for operation and maintenance of Mobile Diagnostic and Emergency Health Care Services in CFY. For 2021-22, funds amounting to Rs.556.863 million have been kept for that purpose.

UNIVERSAL ACCIDENTAL INSURANCE SCHEME: We feel sorry for every loss and especially accidental deaths are a cause of concern for us all. We have been trying to take measures to make our province more secure and accident free. However, to compensate for precious loss of life in case of accidents, we have launched Universal Accidental Insurance Scheme. Under the scheme RS.100,000/- are provided to relatives in case of accidental death.

COMPENSATION and HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY:

The Sindh government is tasked with the welfare of all its employees. In addition to other benefits admissible to the family of deceased civil servants, compensation of Rs.1 million is being provided to the families of Government Servant who had expired during their service due to Covid-19. Apart from that, we have earmarked Rs.550 million under Health Insurance Scheme for Government employees of Sindh Secretariat covering all epidemic diseases. Approximately, 6000 employees of Sindh Secretariat and their families will benefit from the comprehensive insurance scheme. Moreover, the Health Insurance Policies taken by individual shall remain exempt from Sindh Sales Tax on Services for next fiscal year 2021-22.

STAMP DUTY AND SALES TAX ON SERVICES:

The rate of stamp duty on conveyance and other instrument has been reduced from 2 percent to 1 percent, therefore, stamp duty on rental basis is being reduced from 1.5 percent to 1 percent.

The rate of stamp duty on conveyance/sale and other instruments on transfer of immovable property has been reduced from 2 percent to 1percent, therefore, stamp duty regarding Power of Attorney is being reduced from 3 percent of the amount purchased to 1 percent of the valuation table or floating rate charged on the actual amount.

The existing rate for Standalone Recruiting Agents is being reduced from 8 percent to 5 percent for next FY 2021-22. This shall remove multiplicity of rate by abolishing existing rate of 8 percent.

PAYS AND ALLOWANCES OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:

The output of Government is directly related to the performance of every individual employee. All the employees of Government of Sindh have my gratitude. For next financial year we are proposing an increase on 20 percent in the basic salary of all employees.

For the welfare of the labour class and in line with increase in pay of government employees, the minimum wage rate is also being increased from Rs.17,500 to Rs.25,000 per month.

In order to remove discrepancy and bridge the gap between gross salary and minimum wages i.e. Rs.25, 000, a Personal Allowance is proposed for employees of Government of Sindh in BPS-01 to BPS-05. The fixed rate of Personal Allowance will be BPS-01 Rs.2800/- per month. BPS-02 Rs.2400/- per month. BPS-03 Rs.1800/- per month. BPS-04 Rs.1200/- per month. BPS-05 Rs.800/- per month

FISCAL MEASURES

SINDH BOARD OF REVENUE (SRB): The SRB is introducing Negative list for Sales Tax on Services. Installation of Point of Sale devices in specific sectors, Strengthen Survey and Development wing of SRB. Expand risk based tax audit to increase tax collection from under-declaration and non-declaration of taxable service-based revenue are some of the measures.

BOARD OF REVENUE (BOR): Computerization AIT returns records

Currently detailed return records are required to be created at Taluka level and maintained with the DC Office. This exercise is largely being done manually which leads to large information gap for policy making and effective administration of AIT.

It is proposed to add a proviso, or otherwise amend, Section 25 (1) of Sindh Land Tax and Agricultural Income Tax Rules, 2001 to make computerization of records mandatory.

LARMIS-1: Its scope was to scan, archive and digitize the land records. It is 100% completed for all the land records of Mukhtiarkar and Assistant Commissioner Offices in all districts of Sindh Province.

GIS Mapping: It is also 100 percent except few missing maps.

LARMIS-2: It is under approval phase of PC-1. Its scope includes integration of digitized land record, maps and registries. Moreover, automation of processes is also included in its scope.

E-Stamping: E-Stamping software has been developed while ancillary arrangements to launch the system are underway. Amendments in Stamp Act have been approved by the Provincial Assembly. The system will be operative in next financial year.

Web portal: Launch a web portal to facilitate title record verification, e-assessments and e-payment of taxes, etc. (70% work completed)

EXCISE AND TAXATION:

Property and Professional Taxes

a) Sukkur Survey – GIS based Database Management System completed. Issuance of challans as per new system will be issued by NFY.

b) Karachi Survey – Similar survey for Karachi is planned under CLICK Project.

c) Outsource Challan Delivery – ET and NCD has opted to outsource the delivery function to Pakistan Post. The process is underway.

Alternate Delivery Channels (ADC) and Online Tax Collection

The implementation has been approved and FD is ready to go into training and testing

Online Tax Collection of MVT:

In the first stage Online Tax Collection of Motor Vehicle Tax has been started and in the second stage it will be extended to Property Tax, Professional Tax and other provincial revenues. The software for web-based online tax payment through 1-Link system is under development.

IT Directorate and Facilitation Centre

IT Directorate and IT Policy and SOPs have been developed. Facilitation Centre at DG’s Complex. I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi will be established.

Security Smart Cards

Security Featured MVR Smart Cards replacing Motor Vehicle Registration Books have been introduced.

GOVERNANCE REFORMS: Government of Sindh is fully aware of the importance of administrative and fiscal institutions and focused on their development and strength through sustainable fiscal reforms which aim at improving service delivery to the people of Sindh.

The Finance Department is working on various Public Financial Management (PFM) and Public Sector Reforms with the assistance of donor partners’ that is World Bank and European Union. PFM is a cross-cutting theme that can positively impact the fiscal discipline, public service delivery and economic development. Reforming this critical area has a gross positive impact on governance on multiple accounts.

Presently, the major efforts of reforms are focused on Institutional development, Improvement in legal and regulatory framework, Capacity Building, Transparency in budget formulation and execution, Tax revenue mobilization. Monitoring of the Annual Development Plan portfolio.

Institutional development: Institutional development is the key area and keeping in view that, the Finance Department has established professional units like Tax Reform, Debt Management, Internal Audit and Information Management Units that assist the Government in formulations of policies, introduction of fiscal reforms and their sustainability.

Improvement in legal and regulatory framework: The Sindh government has special focus on review of regulatory framework. In this regard, the Sindh Public Finance and Administration Bill has been passed by the Provincial Assembly in the month of April, 2021. This Act will be a guiding factor for the province and will bring more transparency, efficiency and accountability. Working on Sindh Financial and Sindh Treasury Rules has been completed and will be placed before the Provincial Cabinet for approval, once the Act is promulgated.

Transparency in budget formulation and execution: Transparency in budget formulation and execution is the priority of the provincial government. Therefore, an initiative has been taken to prepare Citizens Budget for the next FY 2021-22 in consultation with different focused groups, stakeholders and citizens. The Government of Sindh prepares the Budget Strategy Paper every year and place it before the Provincial Cabinet for approval. Quarterly Budget Execution Reports are also prepared and submitted to Provincial Assembly of Sindh for discussion.

Tax revenue mobilization: The Sindh Tax Revenue Mobilization Plan 2014-2019 was approved to generate adequate tax revenues for the Government; while, at the same time, lowering the costs of compliance for taxpayers and enhancing equity and efficiency of taxation. STRMP is being revised for next five years and enhanced targets will be given to revenue collecting agencies.

The Finance Department has developed a state-of-the-art Data Center Facility w.e.f 29th January, 2021 for housing Information Technology equipment for data processing and storage and it can facilitate line departments in housing their data.

Monitoring of the Annual Development Plan portfolio: For improvement of monitoring and evaluation process for the portfolio of Annual Development Plan, ADP Progress Monitoring Dashboard has been developed, which provides a real-time holistic view of the ADP portfolio on profile of schemes, monitoring reports of Monitoring and Evaluation Cell, P and DD, geotagging of schemes and beneficiary/community feedback.

The Government of Sindh plans the following reforms in the next FY 2021-22:

Implementation of e-payment system (expenditure and revenue);

Implementation of e-procurement in collaboration with Government of Pakistan;

Integration of HR and FM Data of Health and School Education and Literacy departments in collaboration with FABS Directorate, CGA office Islamabad.

Revenue maximization to improve service delivery;

Fiscal policy drives the Annual Budget;

Controlled, orderly and improved budget execution;

Strengthen and reform development budgeting regime;

Introduce and strengthen performance reporting including Sustainable Development Goals;

Capacity improvement for better PFM;

Strengthening of Legal and Regulatory Framework;

Accountability for Results.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019(Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

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