KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mukesh Kumar Chawla on Monday admitted that there was still no actual numbers of differently-abled persons across the province, hoping to collect the same by June 2021.

Furnishing replies to lawmakers’ written and verbal queries during the Question Hour in the Sindh Assembly on behalf of Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali who also holds portfolio of department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Chawla said that the work to collect data for ascertaining the actual number of differently-abled persons was being done. Responding to a verbal question, Grand Democratic Alliance’s (GDA) Nusrat Sehar Abbasi who asked the minister as if the provincial government had collected data of differently-abled women in Sindh, Chawla replied “Work is being done and we will collect data of entire Sindh by the end of June this year.”

Separately, the minister vowed to implement five percent job quota fulfillment at public as well private sector for differently-abled people. “Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has already given jobs to 46 differently-abled persons but the recruitment procedure at some other government institutions was halted owing to COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

Besides, the ministers said that they would also ensure implementation of five percent quota at private sector including banks and multinational companies.

To another query, Chawla informed that there were 64 special education centres for differently-abled children across the province and the Sindh government was expanding the same. Speaking on facilities being provided at the centres, the minister informed the house that the children were given free pick and drop, free uniform, shoes, books and Rs2,000 stipend each.

“We are going to inaugurate a centre at Sujawal soon where differently-abled persons would be trained how to drive Rickshaw. They (differently-abled persons) would be taught how to drive,” he added.

The minster added that the provincial government had established Special Education Teachers Training Academy Sindh (SETTAS) at Koti, district Jamshoro for enhancing professional skills of staff through in-service training.

Domestic violence 

against women

Separately, Minister for Women Development Syeda Shehla Raza said that affected women of domestic violence were given legal support and medical assistance by the department. Admitting rise in domestic violence cases in Sindh particularly in Khairpur and Pano Aqil, she added that women development department cannot control the violence inside the homes.

She was replying to a call attention notice of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) MPA Adeeba Hassan who asked as to what steps were taken by the department for redressing ‘surge’ in cases of domestic violence in Sukkur and its surrounding areas.

‘80 percent of RO plants 

installed in Thar’

Meanwhile, Minister for Public Health Engineering Shabbir Bijarani said that a new contractor would be taking over control of 632 RO plants and two mega plants installed in Tharparkar soon. Abdul Razzaque Rahimoon of GDA in his call attention notice maintained that 80 percent of RO plants installed in Thar were out of order. “We want to make all RO plants functional,” Bijarani added without mentioning the actual number of non-functional RO plants.

Legislation

Separately, the Assembly passed ‘The Sindh Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2021’. “It is expedient to make suitable amendments in the Act to enable the legal persons to create a trust to be its beneficiary and to provide mechanism for registration of trusts,” statement of object and reasons of the bill read. ‘The Sindh Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Bill, 2021—the bill sent back by Governor—was also reconsidered and passed with slight amendment while ‘The Millennium Institute Of Technology And Entrepreneurship Bill, 2020’ was passed. ‘The Sindh Institute of Music and Performing Art Bill, 2020’—the bill for establishment of music and performing arts institute—was introduced and sent to standing committee for further deliberations

Later, the session was prorogued.