KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday said that Sindh government was unnecessarily being criticised over the infant deaths in Thar despite the fact his government had provided sufficient health facilities in Tharparkar district. This he said while addressing members of Sindh High Court Bar Association at new annexee building of Sindh High Court.
He said that Sindh government had been providing wheat to affected families of the Thar for the last five years while one bag of wheat was being given to each family on monthly basis free of cost. “Over 1.6 population of Thar has taken benefit of this programme,” he said.
The chief minister said that his government had installed 400 Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in Thar, adding that one plant was supplying clean drinking water to 10,000 people. He announced that 400 more RO plants would be installed there by the end of this year through which drinking water would be supplied to 1 million to 1.6 million people. Regarding media criticism over the infant deaths in Thar, he said that over 3,000 people had died in Punjab due to dengue fever in the recent years, but nobody questioned the government over such deaths however, Sindh government was unnecessarily being criticised over the Thar issue.
He claimed that best healthcare facilities were provided to the Mithi district headquarters hospital with air-conditioned rooms and 24 incubators, which was not even available in Karachi in such a large number. Besides, he said, mobile dispensaries were also provided while 49 basic health units were set-up, which were providing health facilities round the clock.
He maintained that the Thar had cultural issues, adding that it had not received adequate rains while subsoil water was available at the depth of 135 meters, which too was not fit for human consumption.
He said the firms of China, Australia and England would soon establish power plants in the province which would generate 6000 Megawatts electricity to be supplied to the national grid. The government was also providing licenses to the foreign firms to generate electricity through windmills, which are already adding 300 MW to the national grid.
Qaim Ali Shah claimed that his government would overcome the electricity shortage in the province. He added that the government had also improved roads network in Thar, adding that the portion of road from Thatta-Badin was not less than the standards of the Lahore-Islamabad motorway.
Source: Business Recorder