Karachi: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has underlined the need to promote establishment of industries in the province and utmost efforts be made to establish maximum small industrial estates so as to create job opportunities for un-employed youth at their doorsteps.
This he stated while presiding over meeting of Industries department Sindh at Chief Minister House Thursday. He said that agriculture and industries are the back bone of economy of province and it will be utmost need of hour to encourage agro-based industries so as to utilize raw material of area and discourage migration of people from villages to big cities.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah further maintained that Sindh is famous for handicrafts and traditional artisan works and places like, Hala, Matli, Kashmore, Luqman, Gambat, Nagarparkar. Mithi, Sehta, Matrari, Tando Muhammad Khan and other places are famous for various traditional handicrafts like Ajrat, Lacquor work, pottery, woodwork, Khadhar, Khes, Rili, Khatho etc. He said that present government will not only promote but also support those crafts. Chief Minister Sindh directed that small industrial estates, already initiated, be completed and strengthened. He said that maximum incentives be provided to craftsmen and industrialists so as to boost up industrial productivity in province.
Chief Minister Sindh said that foreign and local investors are coming to Pakistan for establishment of industries on large scale in Karachi and other places of province. He further said the medium and small scale industries will also be given priority for which maximum facilities be provided to industrialists and investors. He hoped that loadshedding problem will be resolved by the end of this year while the Government in fully devoted to maintain Law and Order. He added that Industrial Zones be established while efforts be made to strengthen the already functioning industrial units and industrial production must be increased.
He stressed that public private partnership must be encouraged so that jobs are provided to un-employed youth. Earlier Sindh Minister for Industries & Commerce Mr. Abdul Raoof Siddiqui and Sindh Secretary for Industries Mr. Ali Ahmed Lund briefed about various schemes of Industries Department.
It was decided in the meeting that Sindh Government will start ” One Window” services for the purpose of establishment of industries in the province where departments of Revenue, Industries. KESC, KW&SB and Sui Gas will provide services and resolve issues immediately. It was further informed that an amount of Rs.50.oo million was allocated for infrastructure at SITE Nawabshah and so far 26.26 million have been spent, and an amount of Rs.200.00 million were allocated for supply of water pipeline from Keenjhar Lake to SITE Nooriabad and Rs.143.10 million have been spent so far, while an amount of Rs. 20.00 million were allocated for construction of 5.0 MGD Filter Plant at SITE Hyderabad out of which Rs.19.50 million have been spent. A new scheme of flyover in SITE Karachi has been approved by Priorities Committee with a cost of Rs.528.00. million.
The meeting was also attended by Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Mr.Nazar Hussain Mahar, Secretary Finance Mr. Fazalullah Pechuho, Secretary to C.M. Syed Sohail Akbar Shah, Special Secretary Finance Ms. Naheed D.Shah, Managing Director Sindh Small Industries Corporation & other. NNI