chi (PPI) - Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed to take measures to enact rules in order to hand over the administrative control of Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) to Provincial Irrigation and Power Department, while the SIDA will deal with only technical issues.
Presiding over a meeting of SIDA at CM House here on Tuesday, he lamented that SIDA could not achieve goals for which it was formed. He noted that Sindhs economy depends on agriculture, which could not propser without water. In 1997, in collaboration with World Bank, CIDA was formed; however, it could not bear fruits and there is dire need to improve its performance, he said.
The CM said that Provincial Minister for Irrigation and Power Department would supervise the administrative matters of SIDA, for which required rules and regulations would be enacted.
He said SIDA could not improve irrigation water supply system and it remained failed even in collecting water charges.
He recalled that most complaints against SIDA were lodged from Umerkot and Mirpurkhas districts.
He pledged that Farmers Organizations would be reactivated in order to provide a relief to peasants.
Sindh Minister for Irrigation and Power, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Fazlur Rehman, Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Nazar Hussain Mahar, Secretary to Chief Minister, Suhail Akbar Shah, Secretary Irrigation and Power Shuja Ahmed Junejo, SIDAs officials Ghulam Nabi Mughal, Ahsan Leghari, Aijaz Qureshi, Hyat Kharo, Nazir Ahmed Memon and others also attended the meeting.