Posts tagged ‘Devolution’

July 2, 2011

Devolution of Education Ministry criticised

Devolution of Education Ministry criticised
Rawalpindi, July 02: Pakistan Green Task Force Chairman Dr. Jamal Nasir has criticised the devolution of Ministry of Education and termed it a conspiracy against the people of Pakistan and said uniformity in the education system is the only solution of all issues.


“We can attain the goal of progress and prosperity by educating our young generation without any discrimination of cast, creed and colour. The current education system based on social status is spoiling the future of intelligent deserving students,” he stated this while addressing a seminar organised by Private Schools Network, says a press release issued here on Friday.


Dr. Jamal said that discrimination in the education system has disappointed the youngsters and also badly affected the carrier of new generation. He said: “We can bring revolution through promotion of education from grassroots level, the present conditions of our public sector educational institution is dilapidated and besides up gradation of these institutions it is imperative to provide a suitable and congenial atmosphere in which students could excel their capabilities and talent.”

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July 1, 2011

Devolution In Process: Sindh Revenue Board starts work today

KARACHI: 

Sindh Revenue Board, setup to collect General Sales Tax (GST) on services, will start functioning from today (Friday) and it will be given the status of a separate department soon.

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June 30, 2011

federal government notification for devolution of 7 ministries

The federal cabinet had earlier approved the devolution of seven ministries to the provinces but had decided to retain the ministers in an apparent move to keep the ruling coalition intact. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Thursday issued a notification for the devolution of seven ministries to provinces, with the government retaining a number of employees from the devolved ministries.

The ministries being devolved are women development, minority affairs, sports, environment, health, food and agriculture, and labour and manpower.

The notification says the transfer will come into effect from July 1. It also states that all development projects and relevant staff have been shifted to the provinces.

A number of departments of the transferred ministries will be merged with other ministries and divisions.

The Planning & Development division has been assigned to devise a national policy for environmental pollution and change, ecology, forestry, wildlife, biodiversity and desertification.

The federal cabinet had earlier approved the devolution of seven ministries to the provinces but had decided to retain the ministers in an apparent move to keep the ruling coalition intact. The devolution marks the third and final phase of the implementation of the 18th amendment and brings the total number of devolved ministries to 17.

Ten federal ministries were earlier devolved to the provinces in two separate phases on the recommendation of a high-powered parliamentary commission to ensure the implementation of the 18th amendment that envisaged more administrative and financial autonomy for the federating units.

June 30, 2011

Devolution dilemma: Centre holds on to lucrative projects, Sindh will complain

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah asks chief secretary to meet with secretaries from other provinces to raises issues concerning devolution. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Devolution plans are in their last stages yet it seems as if the federal government is holding on to all those institutions and projects where big money is involved.


Unhappy with the state of affairs, Sindh has decided to take up the issue at the next Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting, which will be held under the prime minister’s supervision. This decision was made on Wednesday during a special cabinet meeting, presided over by Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah at CM House.


The cabinet members were told that the federal government was unwilling to hand over all lucrative institutions and autonomous bodies. Only projects that are running in deficit are being transferred to the provinces, sources told The Express Tribune. “It is a violation of the 18th Amendment (to the Constitution) and the practice should be discouraged,” a cabinet member said.


After the meeting, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the meeting was called to discuss the problems with devolution. A total of 19 departments have been handed over to the provinces in three phases, but a few institutions, such as the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution and Workers Welfare Fund, have yet to be transferred, he said.


According to Memon, the Sindh government has some confusion over the devolution process so Shah directed the chief secretary to meet the secretaries of all the devolved departments and prepare a report. The secretary will submit the report to the CM, who will then take it up to the prime minister at the CCI meeting.


The federal government would bear the expenses of these departments till June 30, he added. Devolution is a big achievement and “we now have complete provincial autonomy”, said Memon. He said that the chief minister will announce a date when this achievement will be celebrated.


Explaining the process, the information minister said that during the first phase, the ministries of special initiatives, zakat and ushr, population welfare, youth affairs, and local government and rural development were devolved. In the second phase, the education, social welfare and special education, culture, tourism and livestock and dairy development ministries were devolved.


Recently, in the third and final phase, seven more ministries, including women development, minorities’ affairs, sports, environment, health, food and agriculture, and labour and manpower were handed over.


The provincial department takes the reins after June 30 so that is when the actual work starts.


No comments on MQM


Several reporters asked Memon about the recent row between the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) but his response was “no comment”. “This has not been discussed at the meeting and I cannot talk about it.”


Sources said that Shah quoted President Asif Ali Zardari’s message and said that, “no member will talk on this issue. Let the president come and decide”.


Are there any chances of the MQM rejoining the coalition? Memon replied that anything was possible in politics.


“We don’t want to create misunderstandings, but we want to resolve the issue for the sake of democracy, the law and order situation and the reconciliation policy started by our leader,” he said.


He added that they have not closed the doors and they believe in dialogue.


Dismissing rumours of former home minister Zulfiqar Mirza replacing the CM, he said that, “this is just a rumour”. “We have full confidence in the leadership of Qaim Ali Shah. Mirza has also refuted such reports.”


He said that there was no rigging in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections and if that was the case, the Nawaz League would not have won nine seats.