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Water commission sets second deadline for compliance reports

Provincial secretaries, other respondents given till May 20 to submit comments

The provincial chief secretary, irrigation secretary, local government secretary and others were directed by the judicial commission probing Sindh’s water and sanitation issues to appear before the probe body on May 20 and submit compliance reports as per the Supreme Court’s directives.

The notices were issued by the judicial commission headed by Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro in light of the apex court’s directives.

SC’s three-member bench had ordered that the judicial commission constituted by the court shall continue to work with all powers conferred on it since the issues in the proceedings had a direct impact on the life and health of the public of Sindh.

The court ordered that the commission shall ensure compliance of the directions of the court and shall also take steps to see that the Task Force constituted by the Sindh government complied with the recommendations contained in the report.

The commission had directed the chief secretary, secretaries of local bodies, irrigation, health department, industries, managing director Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, director general Sindh Environmental Protection Agency, managing director SITE, Sindh Solid Waste Management Board and others to explain why the SC’s orders have not been complied as well as why recommendations issued by the judicial commission have not been made.

The top government officials were previously directed by the judicial commission to do the same on March 31, and had sought a report on April 1.

In connection with the case, the SC had on March 6 ordered the removal of the then KWSB MD, directing the Sindh chief secretary to immediately appoint a suitable cadre officer to the post KWSB MD’s post as well as irrigation and law secretaries.

Hearing the petition seeking provision of clean drinking water and safe environment to the citizens of Sindh, a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim observed that billions of rupees allocated for the supply of clean drinking water and an effective sewerage system had been wasted by the criminal negligence of the government functionaries.

The court had also observed at the hearing that cases should be registered against government officials involved in the negligence.

Reporter. Water commission sets second deadline for compliance reports. The News, May 15, 2017.

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