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Sindh to have 122 small dams soon

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KARACHI: Sindh will be the only province to have as many as 122 small dams of which around 50 dams have already been made operational, 39 new ones are under tendering process. The paperwork on 43 new dams have also been started, it is learnt.

The major purpose of these 122 small dams which costs more than Rs 12211 million is to cater to the water needs of the people residing in far-flung areas.

According to a briefing by the Chief Engineer, Small Dams Organization, the wing of the provincial irrigation department, the Sindh government had launched a series of small dams to contain the water crisis in the districts. Various potential sites were identified for small water reservoirs, particularly along the Kirthar Mountain on the western side of the province, Kohistan, Karoonjhar and Urban Shah Hills.

There are strong opportunities for storing rain water in natural catchments of the Kirthar hills which can be used for cultivation, livestock and human consumption on sustainable basis, according to a briefing.

The Kirthar mountain range, shared by Balochistan and Sindh, extends southward for about 300 km from the Mula River in east-central Balochistan to the Cape Muari west of Karachi on the Arabian Sea.

According to official documents available with the Sindh, a total of 50 small dams have so far been completed out of which 28 dams were completed under the province’s Annual Development Plan (ADP) while 22 dams under federally-funded Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).

Among these small dams, some 12 dams are located in Nagarparkar – Mithi, while 14 dams in Kohistan-I Dadu and 24 dams in Kohistan-II Jamshoro range.

Under the ADP schemes, the dams which have been completed include Ranpur bund, Mulji, Bhodesar Tank, Khararo Bund, Tobirio Tank, Lakhy-Jo-Wandio, Salari, Makhi, Rani Kot, Bandhani-I, Taki, Maliriri, Mohan, Ashoro Kuch, Suku, Koteri, Thado-II, Langheji, Nai-Mango, Kalu-1, Jharando, Sari, Malir Memon Goth Weir, Kataro, Meer Chakar, Mole Nadi, German Dhoro, Ranpathani and others.

While the small dams under PSDP are: Naryasar, Ghartiari, Gordhro Bhatiani, Jhinjsar, Lakar Khadio, Khuwara in Nagarparkar-Mithi, Shori, Kukrani, Bandhani-II, Khurbi, Ding Dhoro, Buri in Kohistan-I Dadu and Mullan, Bazkhando, Gaddap, Khand Dhoro, Ullar-Rahuja, Upper Mole, German Dhoro, Ranpathani, Liyari and Watan Wari.

Moreover, some 12 small dams underway under PSDP included Surachand Bund, Chanida Dam, Rinmalsar, Adhigham in Nagarparkar-Mithi, Hassan Jo Kun, Malir Bukhshan, Sukhan in Kohistan-II Jamshoro and LarhaNai, AikrsoNai, UkhariNai, KiniriNai and WariwaroNai.

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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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