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February 25, 2019

Sindh cabinet meets today to approve 30 proposals including salaries of doctors


February 25, 2019

The Sindh cabinet is scheduled to meet on Monday (today) to consider, among other matters, the proposal to raise the salaries of young doctors working at the public health facilities in the province so that their emoluments are on a par with their counterparts in Punjab.

Earlier in the month, young doctors associated with the government-run hospitals had gone on strike for several days on the call of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) Sindh. The young doctors boycotted compulsory health services at the out-patient departments for around five days, causing serious troubles for the patients and attendants, which forced them to resort to protests against the unavailability of the health services.

The association announced on February 17 that they were calling off their strike as they had held successful negotiations with Sindh Information and Law Adviser Barrister Murtaza Wahab. The law adviser had assured the representatives of the protesting young doctors that the forthcoming cabinet meeting would consider a proposal to raise their salaries to make them on a par with the salaries of the doctors in Punjab.

The cabinet meeting will also be considering a lengthy agenda comprising as many as 30 items. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will chair the meeting which will take place at the committee room of the new Sindh Secretariat building at 10am.

The issue of the salaries of young doctors is mentioned on the agenda as its 11th item for which the provincial health secretary will give a presentation before the cabinet members. The name of this agenda item is “Revision of existing remuneration being paid to doctors of Sindh Government (BS-17 to BS-20), house job officers, and postgraduate students in line with existing remuneration of Government of Punjab”.

Other agenda items

Two other important health-related issues are also to be discussed at the cabinet meeting. One of them is the release of the budget for Sindh Government Children Hospital in District Central, the contract of which had been given to the Poverty Education Initiative, a non-governmental organisation. The issue is the 10th item on the agenda.

The other health-related issue, which is the 12th item on the agenda, is the renewal of Memorandum of Understanding between the Sindh government and Peoples Primary Healthcare Initiative.

An important matter related to education has been included on the cabinet meeting agenda as its 19th item, which is “Reduction in passing marks from 60 per cent to 50 per cent for recruitment test of the junior schoolteacher in grade-14 and early childhood teacher in grade-15”. The Sindh education secretary will give a presentation on the matter.

The proposal to decrease the passing marks for the test was made as there were reports about mistakes and errors in the recruitment test conducted by the Sukkur Institute of Business Administration last year due to which a very low number of candidates could pass the test.

The cabinet meeting will also be discussing the Supreme Court orders regarding Karachi’s master plan and the removal of encroachments from the city. The Sindh local government secretary will deliver a presentation on the issue.

Other agenda items for the cabinet meeting include the constitution of Board of Trustees of Sindh EOBI (Employees Old-Age Benefit Institution), establishment of Occupational Safety and Health Council-Sindh, establishment of Safe House in Sindh under orders of the Sindh High Court, amendment in the Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority-2009, transformation of Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC) into City University of Health Sciences and nomination of a faculty’s dean as member of the syndicate of the University of Karachi.

The reconstitution of the Board of Governors for Cadet College Khairpur, ex-post facto approval by the Cabinet of Sindh in relation to the rules issued under Section-72 of the Sindh Sales Tax and Services Act-2011, renewal of old lease granted for building purpose in Karachi city, placing material before cabinet for implementation of recommendations of the Prevention Committee of NAB to amend the various provisions of law, procurement of M/S NESPAK for third party design review of Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme K-IV project and nominations of the commissioners of Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad Divisions as official members of the Governing Body of the Sindh Katchi Abadi Authority are included on the agenda for the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet will also be discussing the procurement of M/S NESPAK for third party validation for technical and financial costs of construction of pre-treatment system for RO Plant LOBD Water Supply Scheme at Nabisar for Thar Coal Power Project, necessary amendments in the Sindh Consumer Protection Act-2014, reconstitution of the Board of Directors of Pakistan Tobacco Board, wheat procurement target for 2018-19 and a proposal for the appointment of Manzoor Hussain Larik as the secretary and member of the board of governors of a law college affiliated with Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.

The other items on the agenda include the establishment of provincial grid company, Abdul Majid Burgari Institute for Language Engineering Act-2009 and Service Rules-2019, seeking guidelines according to delegation of powers as per Act XXVI of Sindh Small Industries Corporation, summary report on urban planning conference, titled ‘Transforming Karachi’, and framing of recruitment rules for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

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