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With the revival of commissionerate system in the province, the control over all the apparatus, including vehicles, manpower and other resources, earlier available with the now-defunct district governments has been handed over to the respective commissioners. Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that the Sindh Local Government Department has forwarded a letter to the commissioners of five provincial administrative divisions, deputy commissioners and municipal officers to immediately take charge of all the available resources so that the new administration can perform in a proper manner. After all officers take charge of the district authorities’ apparatus, the Sindh government would release the grants required for development, the sources added.
On Tuesday, at a meeting with the five district administrators and the three municipal commissioners at Civic Centre, Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) Administrator Mohammad Hussain Syed also directed all district administrators to immediately start working with the offices of district municipal corporations. He also called on the officials for paying more attntion on cleanliness conditions within their respective jurisdictions. At the meeting, Syed said that town administrators were relieved of their responsibilities and district administrators should take up the charge of municipal corporations and their affairs immediately, while taking control of all available vehicles, manpower and other accessories. “The district municipal corporations shall be restored without any delays so that the problems being faced by the people can be resolved as soon as possible,” he said.
Until further orders, town officers would continue performing duties on their present positions; however, their services would now be under the respective district municipal corporations as the controlling authority, the KMC administrator said.
“Keeping their respective areas clean is the foremost responsibility of district municipal corporations and they must pay special attention as directed by the Sindh governor and local government minister,” Syed said. “And the KMC will cooperate and support the district municipal corporations.”
The municipal organisations have even more responsibilities to perform during Muharram and must, therefore, pay attention on cleaning and repairing works along all main routes of the Ashura processions, the KMC administrator said, directing the officials concerned to call meetings with the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board officers for maintenance works.