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Budget 2023-24: Sindh’s major development initiatives

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KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has a major development initiative of Rs92,960.645 million against which Rs18,712.195 million have been allocated in the next budget, 2023-24.

These are as follows:

•       Installation of solarized Pulp Processing Units for fruits and vegetables all over Sindh for Rs2855 million against which Rs713.750 million has been allocated.

•       Installation / Erection of Modern Cool Chain System on the subsidized cost to Farmers for export of Fruits & Vegetables all over Sindh for Rs3873. million against which Rs968.250 million have been allocated.

•       Afforestation & Reforestation of Degraded Forest Ecosystems for Enhancing Carbon Sequestration to Secure Carbon Financing all over Sindh for Rs.4000 million against which Rs 1000 million have been allocated.

•       Provision of Equipment / Machinery for Science / Computer Labs in Govt. Colleges all over Sindh for Rs1000 million against which Rs200 million have been allocated.

•       Construction of 150 bedded Hospital at Larkano for Rs2000 million against which Rs135 million have been allocated.

•       Reconstruction of Sindh Government Anwar Paracha Hospital for Gynaecological & Obstetric Services, Sukkur (SDG #3) in Sukkur for Rs1500 million against which Rs200 million have been allocated.

•       Upgradation of THQ Hospital Sujawal at the level of DHQ Hospital District Sujawal Sukkur for Rs2000 million against which Rs50 million have been allocated.

•       Expansion of DHQ Hospital NausheroFeroze for Rs1500 million against which Rs150 million has been allocated.

•       Expansion of DHQ Hospital Jamshoro @Kotri for Rs1000 million against which Rs150 million has been allocated.

•       Establishment of 200 bedded Infectious Diseases Hospital Hyderabad for Rs5000 million against which Rs340.682 million have been allocated.

•       Establishment of 200 bedded Infectious Diseases Hospital Larkano for Rs5000 million against which Rs340.681 million have been allocated.

•       Establishment of Sindh Safe Cities Project (Phase-I), Karachi for Rs10000 million against which Rs4500 million have been allocated.

•       Operationalization of Sindh Forensic Science Agency at Karachi (Lab Equipments and Furniture Procurement, Training and Operationalization) for Rs9 billion with an allocation of Rs500 million.

•       Revival of Natural Water Ways (Dhoras) Sohni (Dhoro) of Districts Matiari, Sanghar & Tando Allahyar in Matiari, Sanghar & TandoAllahyar for Rs4 billion against which Rs1 billion have been allocated.

•       Revival of Natural Water Ways and Providing Drainage Facility to Leftover Area of District Naushahro Feroze (Jalbani Dhoro) for Rs2000 million against which Rs500 million have been allocated.

•       Construction of (Markwah) Surface Drainage Pumping Station of 180 Cusecs at Jakhreja, Zair Peer Taluka Saeedabad District Matiari for Rs926 million with an allocation of Rs231.5 million.

•       Construction of Drainage Networks in Taluka Thari Mirwah and Faiz Gunj including four  Pumping Stations, Drains & Allied Structures, and Rehabilitation of Shahnawaz Pumping Station into Mirwah in District Khairpur for Rs1535 million against which Rs300 million have been allocated.

•       Rehabilitation of SCARP Drains & Reconstruction of damaged structures in Larkano Drainage Division for Rs1442 million with an allocation of Rs350 million.

•       Rehabilitation of SCARP Drains and Reconstruction of damaged structures in North Dadu Drainage Division Larkana for Rs989 million against which Rs247.250 million have been allocated.

•       Rehabilitation of SCARP Drains and Reconstruction of damaged structures in Khairpur Nathan Shah- Dadu for Rs986 million with an allocation of Rs246.500 million.

•       Construction of Hingorono Main Drain & Hingorno Branch Drain (Phase-I) in Umerkot for Rs2500 million against which Rs518.395 million have been allocated.

•       Construction of Surface Drainage Network for the Part Command Area of Pithoro (Phase-I), Umerkot for Rs2000 million with an allocation of Rs500 million.

•       Installation of 100 Solar Power Submersible Pumps in Taluka Nagarparkar and Chachro, Tharparkar for Rs1000 million against which Rs250 million has been allocated.

•       Construction of a 5-10 MGD Filter Plant, including Lagoons, and external water supply pipelines at Ghangra Mori, Hyderabad for Rs1334.672 million against which Rs266.934 million has been allocated.

•       Lyari -Gujjar Nala connectivity in Karachi Central for Rs1500 million against which Rs100 million have been allocated.

•       Construction of Sea Wall including Road from Dolman Mall to China Port, Clifton, Karachi (South) for Rs1430 million against which Rs365.750 million have been allocated.

•       Construction of road Expressway 6 Lane from existing Jinnah Bridge along with Lyari Naddi to Hawksbay including bridge crossing on main Hawkasbay road and a small bridge on navy maritime security jetty area, Karachi (Keamari) for Rs1800 million against which Rs450 million have been allocated.

•       Construction of a 2+2 lane underpass at Karimabad Distt: Central for Rs1350 million with an allocation of Rs350 million.

•       Establishment of Campuses of Public Sector Universities in Seven Districts, including Karachi – Korangi, West, Kiamari, T.M Khan, Tando Allahyar Sujjawal for Rs4000 million against which Rs753.989 million has been allocated.

•       Widening of the road from Tando Bago to Digri via Dehio road (53.00 Kms) in Badin for Rs2106 million against which Rs374.640 million have been allocated.

•       Improvement of road from Ansari Sugar mill to Sanjar Chang (29.00 Kms) in Badin for Rs916 million against which Rs183.200 million have been allocated.

•       Widening of the road from Talhar to Tando Bago (20Kms) in Badin for Rs849.050 million with an allocation of Rs169.810 million.

•       Widening & Reconditioning of Umerkot Chachro Road (65.00 Kms) for Rs3600 million against which Rs720 million have been allocated.

•       Widening of the road from Warah to Dokri via Nasirabad & Badeh (35.00 Kms) in Kamber for Rs1600 million against which Rs320 million have been allocated.

•       Widening / Reconditioning of the road from Warah to Waggan upto Larkana (19.20 Kms) in Kamber for Rs932.016 million against which Rs186.403 million have been allocated.

•       Widening & Recondition of Road from Thatta to Jhampir Via Satyoon Baradabad road. KM=0.00-40.00=40.00 KMs in Thatta for Rs1600 million against which Rs320 million have been allocated.

•       Improvement of road from Vijhuto to Chelhar (18ft width) (35.00 Kms) in Tharparkar for Rs1497.306 million against which Rs299.461 million have been allocated.

•       Improvement of road from Kaloe to Dipli via Lus (37.00 Kms) in Tharparkar for Rs1050 million against which Rs210 million have been allocated. •       Construction of two Overhead Bridges on Nai Desvi (River) road from Thana Bola Khan to Thana Ahmed Khan and on river (Nai) Saree to Mole road near village Wadero Malik Khan Palari, Taluka Thana Bula Khan in Jamshoro for Rs1289 million against which Rs250 million have been allocated.

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Sindh Food Authority inks MoAs with ICCBS to ensure safe, hygienic, healthy food

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KARACHI: Sindh Food Authority (SFA), Government of Sindh, has signed two Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi.

Sindh Food Authority signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Halal Certification Testing and Research Services (HCTRS) and the Industrial Analytical Center (IAC), ICCBS, University of Karachi.

This MoA aims to create a long-term framework of collaboration, cooperation, and development of a strong linkage between SFA and the research centers of the ICCBS for the testing of food products, which is in the interest of both institutions.

The SFA Director General Agha Fakhar Hussain and Prof. Dr. Farzana Shaheen, the Director of the ICCBS, University of Karachi, signed the agreement in a meeting held at the HEJ, Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi on Friday evening.

Among others who attended the meeting were officials from SFA Prof. Dr. Asad Sayyed, Dr. Naveed Bhutto, Dr. Seema, Danish Arshad, and officials from ICCBS, including Prof. Dr. Abid Ali, Prof. Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf, Prof. Dr. Shabana Simjee, Prof. Dr. Asmat Salim, Dr. Imran Malik, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, Dr. Shakil Ahmed, Jawaid Riaz, and others.

In his talk, the SFA Director-General praised the efforts made by the ICCBS administration to make this agreement possible in the interest of Sindh province. He also praised the industrial support and national services of the International Center (ICCBS).

He said the authority’s goal was to guarantee that the people of Sindh were fed in a safe, hygienic, and healthy manner by standards.

I want to have strong relations between SFA and the ICCBS, University of Karachi, he said, adding that SFA is trying to make all possible efforts to provide better food items to the people of Sindh.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Farzana Shaheen congratulated the officials of the SFA and ICCBS on the signing of the agreement. She hoped that this agreement would further strengthen the University’s HCTRS and IAC in the province.

Halal Testing Laboratory works to standardize and uplift the high-quality standard of nutrition & hygiene in Halal-certified food & other products by international export quality standards, she said.

Talking about IAC, the director said that IAC was doing their best to meet customer’s testing requirements with integrity, reliability, accuracy, precision of data, and timeliness of reports to achieve customer satisfaction and define specifications in compliance with ISO/IEC Laboratory Accreditation System and ISO 9001Quality Management System.

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DG Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar disburses certificates

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KARACHI: Director General of the Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain distributed certificates among the participants at the HEJ, University of Karachi.

The certificates were given away to the participants of the highly prestigious Training Programme over Halal Food and Meat Detection Methods Training and Inter-laboratory Comparison for Organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) countries (2022-SMIC-006) held at Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in hybrid format on October 23, 2023. The certificate were signed by the SMIIC General Secretary.  

Prof. Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf (Tamgha-e- Imtiaz) and Prof. Dr. Farzana Sheen attended the event.

The SMIIC (Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries) is an intergovernmental and one of the 17 affiliated organizations of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation). Its primary focus is on standardization and metrology technical elements.

Pakistani candidates participated through online sessions. The participants were selected through a detailed procedure and tests.

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Sindh Food Authority appoints Dr Rashida Irtifaq as its Ambassador

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) is to appoint prominent educationist Professor Dr Rashida Irtifaq Ali as Honorary Senior Food Safety and Hygiene Ambassador.

In light of this significant appointment, a ceremony has been scheduled for January 9, 2024 at Jinnah Auditorium Dr AQ Khan Institute of Bio-Technology and Genetic Engineering, University of Karachi.

Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh Justice (R) Maqbool Baqar, Secretary Food, Government of Sindh and other dignitaries will attend the event to support the vision of the Sindh Food Authority.

Professor Dr Rashida Irtifaq Ali has been an integral part of Karachi University for the past fifty years where she not only fulfilled her teaching responsibilities but also played a pivotal role in establishing the Department of Food Sciences and Technology.

At the age of 85, Dr Rashida Ali continues to serve in academia and the industry, demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to education.

While talking to Sindhnews, Sindh Food Authority’s Director General Agha Fakhar Hussain said that the food authority had recognized contributions of Professor Dr Rashida Irtifaq by appointing her as the Honorary Senior Food Safety and Hygiene Ambassador, a position that reflects her expertise and dedication to the field.

The appointment of Dr Rashida Irtifaq will not only acknowledge her achievements but will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness among university students about the principles of health preservation related to food consumption.

In the event, Dr Rashida Irtifaq will also be presented with a shield by the Sindh Food Authority as a token of appreciation for her outstanding contributions, says Agha Fakhar.

The Sindh Food Authority was established in April 2018 under the SFA Act 2016 and the Authority has been established Under Section-3 (1) of the Act ibid with the mandate to provide safe, hygienic and health food to the people of Sindh, he adds.

The Authority is performing its functions accordingly as per the Sindh Food Authority Act 2016 but the major hurdle is the lack of awareness among general masses and food handlers at large, regarding the food safety and hygiene principles.

The authority’s mandate to provide safe, healthy and hygienic food to the people of Sindh can not only be achieved witht eh coercive measures but it requires general awareness campaign among the masses and food handlers and the issue demands the participation of all segments of the society, the DG concluded.

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