KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Finance Department to immediately release remaining funds for the schemes which are near completion so that these schemes could be completed without any further delay. “As the elections are approaching sometimes next year, so you will have to show results to complete the uplift schemes on ground within shortest possible time this year,” he added. The chief minister while presiding over a meeting to review the progress and pace of work on prioritized development schemes of health department at the CM House on Tuesday, directed the officials of Health Department to expedite the efforts for timely completion of the uplift schemes of the health sector, adding that health and education are prioritized sectors for which a huge amount has been allocated in the budget of current fiscal year 2012-13.Qaim said that a huge amount of Rs12 billion had been earmarked for 156 schemes of Health Department in present financial year 2012-13. Out of total 156 uplifts schemes, 97 are ongoing while 59 are new schemes, he added. He said that uplifts schemes of Health Department include trauma centre at Karachi, provision of CT scan, MRI and X-Ray machines, establishment of drug testing laboratory providing facilities to district headquarters hospitals, Taluka headquarters hospitals, rural health centres and dispensaries be completed within stipulated time across the province.The chief minister directed the offices of Health Department to submit the priority list of uplift schemes within two days. He also asked them to ensure the quality of development work and proper utilisation of funds so that ultimate benefits of huge development amount could reach to the downtrodden people. He further said progress, performance and pace of the work on development activities would be reviewed in monthly meetings. “It is therefore necessary that all department concerned should make coordinated efforts to achieve the target as early as possible,” the chief minister directed.Additional Chief Secretary Finance informed that Rs 838 million have been released to the Health Department so far and more funds will soon be released after the health department submits its prioritised list of development schemes. The meeting was attended among others by Provincial Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister for Information Sharjeel Memon, Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbass, Secretary (W&S) Qazi Shahid Parvez, Secretary (Health) Aftab Ahmed Khatri, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Arif Ahmed Khan, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Siddique Memon and others.