Karachi, February 05, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the management of Provincial Fisheries Deptt to take the matters regarding Transfer of Korangi Fish harbour to provincial govt as par sprit of 18th amendment and exempting the Karachi Fish Harbor from deduction of Fish Export Development Fund which being deducted from its export, with concerned Federal Government Agencies and added that in case of non redreassal these issues to be taken in the council of common interest CCI.
The Chief Minister also directed authorities to approach and communicate all details to the Pakistan foreign office about the fishermen of the Sindh who have been arrested by Indian Army and confined in Indian Prison for getting them released.
This he directed while presiding over meeting to review over the performance of fisheries Department at CM House Karachi last evening. The Sindh Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Jam Khan Shoro, Additional Chief Secretary Development Wasim Ahmed, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Zaffar Iqbal Shaikh, Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput Chairman and M.D Karachi Fish Harbors and D.G Fish Harbor attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister Sindh said that after 18th amendment, Korangi fish harbour was suppose to be handed over to provincial govt but neither it was being made as functional nor transferred to provincial govt.
He said that PPP Govt is realising the pain of relatives and families of Fishermen in the Indian Prison for which his govt has tried its level to get these prisons released but not responded. He said that since it is the very important issue, related to human rights and its redressal was beyond the border, it is therefore foreign office of the Pakistan is requested to take this issue with its counterpart and get it resolved.
While discussion about the potential of fishing in the province, the Chief Minister said that having been on the Sea belt and maximum numbers of big lakes, the Sindh province has good potential in this field.
He said that we must take the advantage of the decision of Europe Union for lifting ban on importing Pakistani fish, giving status of General-Sale-Tax (G.S.T) plus to the Pakistan and to exploit the fishing potential available to this province and directed the management of Provincial Fisheries Department to prepare and submit, the short term and long term development strategy with a view to bring considerable improvement and development of inland and marine fish harbours and enabling them to enhance the fishing export from $ 320 to $ 01 billion and above.
The Chief Minister directed the management to hire a reputable but International standard consultant firm, conduct over all survey, prepare feasibility report of short term and long term not more than 04 years projects and submit the same to Planning and Development department within shortage possible time, so that same could be implemented accordingly.
The Chief Minister Sindh said that fishing was the major source of income of the people of Sindh and any development in this sector would not only to bring millions people in employment net indirectly and indirectly but became the source of Foreign exchange earnings. He said that his Government always has taken care of fishermen community and spent Rs. One billion 20 crores in their welfare projects in the province and this practice to be continued in future.
The Chief Minister Sindh directed the officers, that in the meantime, they to improve the quality of Sea-food production and apply best practice system, S.O.P specially maintaining hygienic condition and proper packing methodology to raise the export specially to the European countries.
The Chief Minister Sindh while discussing about the current bottlenecks being experienced by the management of Karachi Fish Harbour directed them to submit their demand for further releases and assured that same would be provided to them in priority basis.
The Sindh Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Jam Khan Shoro said that area of operation of Karachi Fish Harbor be extended up to the fishing sources outside the Harbour in other districts of Sindh by expending the Authority in broad spectrum .
He also criticized on the performances of Marine Security Agency (M.S.A) and said that a affective planning and sources are needed to convert this organization in to profitable one. He also expressed his apprehension over the captivity of fishermen of Sindh and added that neither the Indian Authority is responding nor other organizations were making their efforts to get theses fishermen released from India.
The Provincial Secretary informed the meeting that -5 ongoing and -1 new scheme is included in the ADP- 2013-14. The Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput informed that out of Rs. 2.5 billion Rs. 1.7 billion has been consumed by this department in the development works.
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