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Monday, May 31, 2010

MIRPURKHAS May 31. Chairman Farmer organization council FOC Sindh Javed Ahmed Junejo has called the world bank to stop the funds for its project “water improvement sector programme” for Sindh which allocation is RS 17 crors and 50 lakh dollars unless the irrigation authorities were not solve the grievances of the abadgars and threatened to taken out protest rally, holding protest demonstration and staging sit in in front of local press club on June 3rd , 2010 if the authorities did not improve the water supply in the command area of Nara canal. He was giving briefing to the local newsmen here on Monday after presiding the meeting of FOC to review the acute water shortage in Nara canal tail despite releasing the 14000 cusec water discharge in the Nara head. He said that WISP project of World Bank was launched for repairs and rehabilitation of the distributaries and allocated handsum amount in this regard. He deplored that under rotation programme the distributaries were being supplied irrigation water a week in the month when water was being supplied 5000 cusec discharge in the Nara head but now after improvement of water as supplying the 14000 cusec water in the Nara head but same rotation programme was being made due to corruption of the irrigation officials as they were supplied the irrigation water to particular channels after receiving alleged heavy bribe. He accused that irrigation officers were distributing the irrigation water injudiciously as result acute shortage of water persisting in the command area of the Nara canal. He accused that distributaries were being supplied regularly water belong to political MNAs and MPAs. He said that Sindh irrigation and drainage authority had been formed farmer organizations but no irrigation officer and SIDA officials were giving any attention towards FOs as result we are making struggle for their rights and making efforts to save the agriculture sector in command area of Nara canal. He alleged that SIDA had been taken decisions by passing the FOs and accused that officers are getting postings in SIDA by paying alleged heavy bribe and involved in corruption. He called upon the government to order the high level inquiry of funds provided to SIDA by World Bank and other institutions from its formation uptill now. He further demanded the government to order the impartial inquiry into the funds provided to irrigation department for desilting purpose of the Nara canal. He strongly condemned the XEN Thar canal for stoppage of water supply in the water channels of farmer organizations and termed it victimization with FOs. He urged the government to suspend the XEN Thar division without any delay and demanded the inquiry be made against provided RS 5 and half crors rupees to Thar division for annual desilting purpose. He demanded the government to immediately remove the rotation programme in Nara canal system , cancel the shifting of 2 lakh acres land of Rohri canal to Nara canal, cancellation of newly approved direct out let, moduels and minors in the interest of agriculture sector. Earlier, hundreds of abadgars belong to districts Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Khairpur, Benazeerabad, Sanghar, Umerkot, Tandoallahyar and Tharparkar have participated in the meeting of FOC , presided by its chairman Javed Ahmed Junejo to review the present acute artificial shortage of water in the command area of Nara canal. Those abadgars and landlords participated the meeting including Haji Abdul Ghafoor Maher, Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Mohammad Hassan Mangrio, Gul Siddique Pathan, Syed Altaf Shah, Liaqat Arain, Liaqat Kaim Khani, Hassan Ali Kalro, Akbar Mangrio, Saleem Malkani and Ch Niaz. 

MIRPURKHAS May 31. Scores of government contractors under the banner of government contractor welfare association Mirpurkhas have held demonstration outside the local press club here on Monday to protest against not payment due money to government contractors on behalf of government. Protesters led by patron Abdul Ghaffar Rajput, Abdul Salam and Arif, carried banners and placards demanding the government to pay their dues without any delay. Speaking at the protesters Abdul Ghaffar Rajput said that tenders were called of rupees billions under Annual development programme in April 2009 in education works provincial department in the province and provincial ministers had been laid foundation stone of the works at different places  but deplored that Sindh government despite receiving damand did not issue the funds of the development schemes in June 2009. He lamented that even government did not allocate the funds for development works in budget 2009 and further officers had been taken construction work from contractors of RS 5 crors in the district Mirpurkhas . He said that contractors were facing financial crisis owing to non payment of their millions of rupees. He demanded the Sindh chief minister to take immediate notice and ensure immediate payment of dues of the contractors without any delay to give justice them.

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