Sindh Chief Minister on Saturday announced a special grant of Rs600 million for cleanliness drives in Karachi with a promise to provide special funds for providing more funds to the health facilities being managed by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).
He made this announcement while performing the inauguration ceremony of 42-bed private wing of the Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD).
The chief minister said his government owned Karachi and believed in serving its people. This was why, he said, the government had allocated Rs64 billion for development works in the city with manifold increase in the funds reserved for health and education.
“We have given special focus to health and educational facilities and there is a substantial increase in their allocations in this year’s budget,” he said. “There used to be only one public sector university in Karachi but now there are three.”
He claimed that both health and education sectors had been badly neglected in the past but his government had paid special attention to both sectors and allocated Rs13 billion for health and Rs11 billion for education.
He said some “friends” accused the Sindh government of ignoring Karachi. “But I challenge them to point out a single area where development was not carried out,” he said. “In the current fiscal year, Rs64 billion have been allocated for development works in Karachi while Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has also announced a development package of Rs150 billion. We have always owned this city and will continue serving its people.”
He appreciated the efforts of local government minister Nasir Hussain Shah and the KMC for making the private wing of KIHD functional and said despite spending more than Rs1 billion spent on the construction of this ward, it were their efforts which had enabled it to become operational.
The chief minister said the KIHD was the second largest institute of heart diseases after the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), where qualified health physicians and cardiologists were available round the clock and to provide quality treatment to patients.
Talking to newsmen after the inauguration, he said the first phase of the local bodies polls had been completed peacefully except for the violent incident in Khairpur. He said a judicial commission was also being constituted to investigate the incident and bring forth the truth behind the violent incident.
However, he said, the Sindh government had finalised the security arrangements for the second and third phases of the local government polls.
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