KARACHI Sept 22,2021- Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the formation of curriculum, under the 18th constitutional amendment, was a provincial subject and the federal government wanted to impose it unilaterally. That’s why his government declined to adopt it.
This he said while talking to the 29-member delegation of Punjab Assembly who called on him here at CM House. In the delegation 18 MPAs were of PTI, six of PML-N, four of PPP.
To a question, the chief minister said that the majority of our students in Sindh were receiving education in Sindhi medium. “Education in mother tongue is considered to be the most effective tool of teaching, therefore our preference is to make curriculum accordingly,” he said and added his government has already worked hard on overhauling the curriculum.
The CM said that the federal government was trying to impose its curriculum unilaterally and we have already framed our own curriculum and would be improving it further with the passage of time.
To another question, Murad Ali Shah said that in the last census the population of Karachi was shown at 16 million which was wrong, therefore he has been fighting the case of the city so that its original population could be counted to get its right in the national resources.
Replying to a question, Mr Shah said that water shortage in the city was a genuine issue. “Karachi gets water from two sources- the Indus and the Hub. He went on saying that our rivers were facing water shortage therefore reliance on Indus has become unreliable and Hub Dam has a limited source of water. “Therefore, we have decided to tap sea water sources by installing desalination plants,” he said and added that the donor agencies have agreed to finance the projects.
Talking about law and order, Murad Ali Shah said that when PPP came into power Karachi was declared as 6thmost dangerous city in the crime but then a vigorous clean-up operation was launched, and the writ of the government was established and now the same city of Karachi is at 136 the rank in the crime index of the world.
We restored peace in the city first and then started reconstruction of dilapidated infrastructure, Mr Shah said and added, “We have reconstructed and widened Shahrah-e-Faisal and Tariq Road for the first time after the tenure of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. “we have constructed a number of other roads, flyovers and underpasses and still have to do a lot of work,” he said.
Murad Ali Shah told the parliamentarians that his government has made NICVD, NICH and JPMC as best health facilities. “Our NICVD and JPMC’s Cyberknife hospitals were providing best services free of cots- the NICVD is the only hospital in the region which does angiographies, angioplasties and bypasses free of cost and Cyberknife providing treatment of cancer free of cost,” he said.
The Chief Minister invited the delegation to visit Thar and get personal experience to witness the work done by the Sindh government. “Now, Thar has become the power producing city of the country and its credit goes to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto who had initiated Coal mining and coal-fire power projects which could not take place in those days, but initial work was done,” he said.
Mr Shah appreciated the MPAs of the Punjab and said that such visits would help to develop political coordination and exchange of views for strengthening the democracy.