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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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System Works – Najmi Alam’s front-man becomes powerful mafia of Sindh’s livestock, fisheries

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KARACHI: In blatant violation, Advisor to Chief Minister on Livestock and Fisheries Department Najmi Alam has appointed his front-man Agha Saeed as focal person of the Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Sindh Government, it is reliably learnt.

The Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department has always been a hot-cake where financial corruption of billions of rupees were corrupted and many investigations underway by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The world famous corruption made by Nisar Morai is still in the minds of the people and yet again the prominent ‘SYSTEM’ finally entered into the department in shape of installation of Najmi Alam as advisor. Under the rules, no outsider or private person can be installed as focal person, sources say.

Now, the project directors of foreign-funded multi-million projects engineers, development experts and all other official dealing with development schemes and budgets would directly report to Agha Saeed, the front-man of Najmi Alam.

Agha Saeed is a low-grade employee of the Sindh Local Government Department, who has brought into the Livestock and Fisheries Department by Najmi Alam. His appointment has shocked almost every officer of the department and a wave of unrest prevail among their ranks, sources added.

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DDO Powers for sale in Sindh’s Livestock & Fisheries Department

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KARACHI: The powers of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) are put on sale in the Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department ahead of retirement of the Assistant-Mukhtiarkar-turned-Secretary Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, it is reliably learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was initially appointed as assistant mukhtiarkar, is retiring from the service in the first week of June 2024 as Secretary (BS-20).

The insiders told Sindhnews that the secretary was giving DDO powers to his blue-eyed officers allegedly with the conditions that available funds be withdrawn legally and larger chunk be given to him as he is retiring next month.

While blatantly violating the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

Separately, “Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, Senior Research Officer (BS-18), Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Sindh Hyderabad is hereby declared as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the cost centers KQ0432, KQ0433, KQ0436, KQ0437 and KQ0440 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I for utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of codal formalities as per financial rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to another notification.

It is mentioned here that Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, is a veterinary doctor, posted at Hyderabad. He is supposed to perform his field duties in Hyderabad however he has become a powerful mafia and work as blue-eyed of the secretary for the last two years.

Most interestingly, Dr Hafeez Siyal issued a notification dated April 25, 2024 declaring Dr Essar Das, Additional Director Livestock as DDO for the cost centers SN0040, SN0041, SN0043, SN0044, SN0045 and SN0046.

However, Dr Essar Das refused to follow the instruction of Dr Hafeez Siyal that resulted in withdrawal of the notification of DDO powers on April 30, 2024.

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Dr Hizbullah Bhutto made DG Animal Husbandry illegally, given DDO powers

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KARACHI: In blatant violation of the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal has illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary, it is learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was appointed as Mukhtiarkar and reached to the post of Secretary purely on political influence, is retiring in June 2024.

As he has left with only a month to retire that is why the secretary is tasking his blue-eyed officials to help him empty the government funds before his retirement, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Recently, Dr Hafeez Siyal declared Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19) as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO). Besides, assigning him the charge of Director General, Animal Husbandry illegally. Under the rules, Chief Secretary is the only authority who could issue transfer and posting of officers above BS-18.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

“These are government orders”, said Dr Hizbullah Bhutto when approached by Sindhnews to seek his official version about countless blessing of Secretary Dr Hafeez Siyal upon him.

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