Good governance key to success: CM

* Shah says his govt fought terrorists, extortionists and target killers

Good governance key to success: CM

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday said the government's success depends on good governance.

"This is the summary of my to-do list on which I am working day and night with sincerity, dedication and spirit to serve the people of my province."

He said this while addressing a luncheon-meeting organised by US Consul General Grace W Shelton and American Business Council at a hotel.

The meeting discussed taxation and role of Sindh Board of Revenue, security situation, federal and provincial relations and infrastructure for Industry.

The chief minister said that there were certain challenges to the Sindh government. The glaring challenge was worst law and order in the city which had not only affected day-to-day life of the citizens but capital flight had also started.

"The PPP government in Sindh fought successfully against the terrorists, extortionists and target killers and restored writ of government," he said and added the targeted operation was still going on to crush the enemies of peace, humanity and Pakistan.

He said that the first and foremost task was law and order and after its restoration now reconstruction of dilapidated infrastructure, residential and industrial, has been started and simultaneously confidence of international investors has been restored.

"This is the new face of Karachi - a peaceful face where investment opportunities are ample and open, government is investment-friendly, infrastructure is being developed, work on water supply and drainage schemes is in progress, all the stake holders including the industrialists, architects and civil society are onboard in the development of this megalopolis city," he said.

Shah said that he was not saying that good governance has been established but "believe me I have taken first step and has made good progress and Insha Allah very soon people would witness improvement in governance issues", he said, adding that the quality and pace of ongoing reconstruction of the city, recruitment in police on merit, involving private partners in managing some of the health and educational facilities in the larger interest of the public are some of the indicators of good governance policy of his government.

"I would quote construction of Sir Aga Khan bridge, the longest bridge on River Indus at Jhirk-Mulla Katiar, Hyderabad Mirpurkhas road and some other important projects have been launched successfully on public private partnership which speaks volume of our direction towards good governance."

To a question, he said that the local bodies have enough powers to serve the people of their respective areas. "They have plenty of funds but what some of the newly elected leadership of local bodies lack at their end is the ability to take initiative."

He said the KMC and KWSB are over staffed. The Sindh government apart from giving KMC its due OZT share releases Rs 500 million every month to pay salaries to their staff.

"It is not my duty to rationalize the staff of these organisations but the new leadership of local bodies should start the exercise, bring back their workers on work and mobilise their all the resources for public interest," he urged them.

Talking about street crime, he said that it has come down but public does not accept.

"I am working on it and the police have the capacity to handle it. We have identified the factors behind street crime such as land mafia and drug mafia people and we have started targeted operation against them," he said.

The CM was accompanied by provincial ministers Manzoor Wassan, Mukesh Kumar Chawla and Additional IG Mushtaq Maher.