The Sindh Assembly unanimously condemned the release of burdens in Karachi
The Sindh Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the ongoing electricity crisis in Karachi and examples of rising electricity bills sent to electricity consumers in the city.
The resolution was presented jointly by representatives of various parliamentary groups in the DPR. Speaking about the resolution, MPA Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) Mohammad Hussain Khan advised the government to cancel the privatized K-Electric license because of its failure to ensure uninterrupted power supplies to the people of Karachi.
Pakistani lawmaker Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan Mufti Qasim Fakhari demanded a forensic audit of the utility’s electricity management account. Another MQM-P MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan is of the view that permits must be given to more companies for the transmission and distribution of electricity in the city. He said the Sindh government should approach the federal government in this regard.
He also demanded that the duties imposed on equipment used in availing solar technology for electricity production be withdrawn by the government.
Corona’s law was changed
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Sindh Corona 2020 Emergency Assistance Bill (Amendment). Minister of Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Mukesh Kumar Chawla proposed a bill that considers the Sindh government providing financial subsistence systems for recipients of daily wages and workers whose lives have been determined. affected badly due to a coronavirus emergency in this province.
According to the bill, the time spent by people who were employed in isolation after they were infected with the new corona virus would be considered as their leave of duty. The approved bill also stipulates that any deductions from employees’ salaries related to their isolation period due to coronavirus infection will be considered unlawful.
The bill also binds people to wear masks in public places.
Pakistani opposition lawmaker Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) staged a strike from home after the speaker did not allow them to discuss the emergency situation in Karachi because of the heavy monsoon spell.
Opposition leader in the PTI-owned DPR, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, said they should be allowed to discuss situations related to rain in the city because they already knew that the assembly session would soon be prioritized by the speaker.
Agha speaker Siraj Khan Durrani asked opposition leaders how he had learned about the possibility of moving to a prorog session, to which he replied that they had contact in the Governor’s House from whom they had learned it. The speaker said he would complain to Governor Imran Ismail that matters relating to the secret matters were leaked from the Governor’s Building.
PA Parliamentary Secretary on Regional Government Saleem Baloch told Parliament that Karachi’s water supply needs are around 900 million gallons per day and the city is supplied by water from Lake Keenjhar and Hub Dam.
The parliamentary secretary, however, acknowledged that the city’s water supply needs were not adequately met. Earlier, speaking at his summons, MPA PTA Adeeba Hassan said that people in Karachi had faced a painful situation due to acute water shortages.
He added that it was time for the Sindh government to tell the Karachi people how much time it would take to overcome water shortages in the city. Meanwhile, speaking during question hours, Baloch said if the 2001 local government system was very good, why hasn’t it been implemented so far in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (where PTI was in power). He stated that elected local government representatives and city agents in the provinces had all the powers as specified in the constitution.