KARACHI – Provincial Minister for Local Government and Information Syed Nasir Shah has said that the provincial government is taking concrete measures to strengthen local bodies in the city.
“The provincial government alone in the month of July 2021 has provided Rs2275.879 million to nine local bodies of Karachi, including KMC, District Council and DMCs so that they continue their services uninterrupted in the city,” he said in a statement issued on Thursday. Shah said that the Sindh government in the month of July 2021 alone had provided Rs2275.879 million to local bodies of the city. “We have provided Rs1074.714 million to KMC which include Rs474.714 million OZT share and Rs 600 million grant,” he said and added Rs170.058 million to DMC South, including Rs90.058 million OZT share and Rs180 million grant.
The minister said that DMC Central had been given Rs246.279 million, West Rs113.338 million, Keamari Rs148.770 million, East Rs92.709 million, Korangi Rs174.068 million and Malir Rs118.087 million. He added that the District Council Karachi had been given Rs137.966 million, including Rs87.966 million OZT share and Rs50 million as a grant. The information minister said that the former city nazim Mustafa Kamal had been blaming the provincial government for not giving funds to local bodies of Karachi.
“I am surprised that Mustafa Kamal, instead of conducting an audit of his personal performance [as city nazim], is playing politics of hatred being advanced by MQM,” he said.
“I know that they [MQM and Mustafa Kamal] are struggling for their `political’ survival but it doesn’t mean that they keep misguiding the people of this city,” he said and added “the people of Karachi rejected MQM and Mustafa Kamal’s politics after witnessing, of which Mustafa Kamal was active character, in the killing of innocent people, torching factories and lawyers and destroying educational and cultural institutions.”
Nasir Shah said that Mustaf Kamal destroyed local bodies during his tenure by ruling as a Viceroy. He made political recruitments in thousands in KMC, Water Board and KBCA, as result, the increasing payroll crumbled these institutions financially.
“The Sindh government not only administered a financial injection in the local bodies to strengthen them but also decided not to lay off any workers,” he said.
The Local government Minister said that the local bodies in Karachi, particularly the KMC and water board were self-sufficient and financially sound institutions. “It was Mustafa Kamal who made them bankrupt and now he is giving lectures as if he had done a great job,” he said.
“It was his [Mustafa Kamal’s] tenure when storm water drains, amenity plots, Treatment Plot and water board lands, parks and public places were allotted illegally and now the Sindh government was not only removing the encroachments but rehabilitating the affected people,” he said.
Shah said that MQM and Mustafa Kamal were old blocks of the same chip. “MQM with the intention of making `political coming back’ has started talking about carving out a new province from Sindh and Mustafa Kamal is trying to become hero by levelling baseless allegations against the Sindh government of PPP,” he said and added “people of Karachi know you very well and they would further send you in the oblivion in the next local bodies and general elections.”
Shah said that Mustafa Kamal has gone berserk after losing yet another election at NA-249. He needed mental therapy to recover from the shock of continuously losing the election, he concluded.