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Sindh gets Centre of Excellence for Youth at Kotri

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KOTRI: While empowering youth and transforming technical and vocational training scenario in Pakistan, the European Union, Germany, and Norway handed over a modernized Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to the Government of Sindh.

The Center has been upgraded with the latest technologies and training opportunities for youth and teaching staff in the province.

The new facility is the result of an upgradation of an existing TVET centre which has been supported by a TVET Sector Support Programme and funded by the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Norwegian government.

Addressing the participants of the ceremony, Saleem Raza Jalbani, Chairman Sindh TEVTA appreciated the efforts of development partners especially the European Union for supporting the skills sector in the province: “Our solemn responsibility is to offer adequate training to the youth of the province in emerging technologies with state-of-the-art facilities that are available in this facility for both, teachers and trainees”.

This Centre will play a significant role in the region for a cascading model of teachers’ training and imparting skills training for the youth. Modern lab facilities, career counselling and job placement services can now be found under one roof

Mr. Ovidiu Mic, Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan said that the European Union considers TVET as a priority sector for the socio-economic development of Pakistan and has supported the TVET policy and reform process for over a decade.

“The establishment of the Centre of Excellence in Kotri, is one of the key achievements of our support. We expect that it will become the benchmark for all other institutes in Sindh, providing services at par with the international standards,” he added.

The Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy, Dr Sebastian Paust, highlighted “the great potential in not only relying on jobs but entrepreneurship models in Sindh under the umbrella of the Centre of Excellence. Germany is strongly committed to continuing its work in the skills sector of Pakistan until 2026.

This facility aims to develop a training environment to build a competent and competitive workforce for the job market.

The Managing Director of Sindh TEVTA and principle of this upgraded training facility, Dr Ghulam Mustafa Suhag, shed light on the historic perspective of the institute. “I am grateful to all the partners. It has been a successful journey of change through the efforts of the TVET Sector Support Programme.

About the TVET Sector Support Programme

The programme’s objective is to improve governance and private sector participation in the technical vocational education and training sector (TVET), with a view to raising the quality of skills development in line with labour market demands. The TVET Sector Support Programme is funded by the European Union and governments of Germany and Norway and implemented by GIZ in close collaboration with the National Vocational Technical Training Commission and provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities across Pakistan.

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DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister

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KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.

The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.

However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.

Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.

So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.

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CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless  

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KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.

The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.

As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.

The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.

The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.

The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.

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Dr Sadaat Memon – SESSI’s multi billionaire corrupt director

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KARACHI: It seems that there is no check and balance on mega corruption in state-run-institution as a director level official owns properties worth billions of rupees and still they are enjoying the most lucrative posting.

Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon, who has emerged as the most-corrupt official of the Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI) these days with his alleged direct involvement in mega corruption at the institution, carries bogus career as he was illegally appointed directly in BPS-19.

In its report or the year 2016-17, the Auditor General of Pakistan in its report 2016-17 clearly mentioned: “It was observed that the management appointed Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon directly in BPS-19 in January 2006 and subsequently promoted to BPS-20 in July 2013 without following eligibility criteria and prescribed experience in violation of rules”.

The auditor also pointed out that Rs 9.997 million paid to Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon on account of pay and allowances were irregular.

According to Services Rules of Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI) 2006, the post in BPS-19 shall be filled by Selection Board by promotion on seniority-cum-fitness basis from among members of service holding the post of Senior Medical Officer/Women Senior Medical Officer subject to at least 12 year service in BPS-17 and above.

While remaining on the most lucrative posts in the organization, Dr Sadaat Memon has corrupted billions of rupees while playing with the lives of laborers. He remained posted as Director Procurement for couple of years from where he minted such a huge amount.

Here are the few achievements of Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon:

  • He owns a private hospital – Sindh City Hospital now name changed as Al-Hamd Hospital – in city’s posh area worth Rs 1 billion.
  • He is the Master of fake-billing, over-payments.
  • Dr Sadaat owns 15-acre of precious commercial land just opposite to New Sabzi Mandi worth more than Rs 190 million.
  • Fake/bogus payments worth Rs 13.954 million at 25-bedded hospital at Labour Colony Daherki.
  • After buying a multi-millions private hospital in city’s posh area, an official of Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI) has purchased commercial lands on superhighway worth millions of rupees, Sindhnews has learnt.

Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon is one of them who has brought loss of billions of rupees to the Sindh Government and portrays himself as the ‘honest’ official.

Dr Sadaat Ahmed, the then Director Procurement, Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI), who is presently posted as Medical Superintendent SS Landhi Hospital, is under various investigation focusing corruption of billions of rupees in the institution.

As the Sindhnews highlighted that Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon owned a hospital namely Sindh City in Karachi’s posh area with evidences, he immediately renamed the hospital as Al Hamd Hospital to avoid further investigations into the assets beyond known sources.

Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Dr Sadaat Ahmed for his official version however he never replied back to calls and text messages sent to him on WhatsApp.

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