Abadgars give govt 48 hours to resolve water shortage issue

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Scores of abadgars of different parts of Mirpurkhas district held demonstrations in front of the press club on Sunday, protesting acute shortage of irrigation water in tail distributaries of Sindhri taluka. They have given the government 48 hours to take action.
Being led by Mir Ali Ahmed Talpur, protesters carrying banners and placards shouted slogans against the irrigation officials and demanded the authorities to take immediate notice of the situation and ensure water for irrigation in all tail distributaries. Talking to the media personnel, Talpur claimed that all the irrigation officials concerned were receiving bribes for providing water to landlords of head distributaries, which was causing no water to reach the tail distributaries.
He demanded the government to immediately replace Khipro Sub-Divisional Officer Zulfiqar Khoso and Samarjo Shakh Darogah Nawaz Gahi because, according to Talpur, Khoso and Gahi have been openly demanding money for providing irrigation water to tail-end growers and have been depriving them of their due share. Talpur claimed that 99 percent of the contracts of Sindhri’s irrigation department have been, after receiving Rs 15 million as commission, handed over on preferential basis, instead of handing them to deserving contractors.
He demanded the higher authorities to cancel the tender process to be held on June 23 without any delay. He also demanded replacing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-Sindhri President Mir Ali Raza Talpur, dissolving the PPP-Sindhri body and announcing fresh elections in the taluka. He warned that if these demands are not accepted within 48 hours, then they would extend their protest campaign throughout Sindh.