KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, while presiding over a follow-up meeting of the health department on Wednesday, took notice of inordinate delays in the completion of schemes, particularly hospitals and dispensaries, stating that red-tapism has marred the performance of government departments and there is an immediate need to change the attitude to work, with no space for unwilling workers within his ranks.
“If, even after this warning, the works department fails to deliver, I will outsource the entire work of the department by making necessary amendments in the law,” he threatened.
The schemes which have suffered from delays include the Rs87.953 million improvements to the government hospital in Gadap, Rs141.733m improvement to the hospital in Ibrahim Hyderi, Rs80.049m improvement to the hospital in Rehri, Rs65.617m improvement of the 36-bed hospital in Dumba Goth, and Rs87.256m improvement of the government hospital in Landhi.
The meeting was left incomplete when some officers present started passing the buck for the delays in the completion of schemes and so the chief minister rescheduled the meeting to the next day. He said he would “review development schemes in presence of all those officers who were being held responsible for delaying approvals and completion of work.”
The follow-up meeting started at 8am and everyone was seated at least 30 minutes before time. When the chief minister arrived he found all the officials engrossed in the files placed in front of them. He told them that being a professional engineer himself, the chief engineers or the design experts could not misguide him.
Therefore, he said, everyone sitting in the meeting must be candid and clear in their statements. The chief minister said it was quite painful for him that a hospital his father, former chief minister Syed Abdullah Shah had founded at Gadap during his tenure, is still incomplete. “This is your performance and commitment with the government.”
“I am responsible to my people and you are responsible to me, therefore I would take account of each and every day you have delayed to complete it despite my approval,” he added.
He asked the DG Designs why he had delayed the approval of the scheme, whose response was that “some documents were missing from the file.”
The chief minister called the excuse baseless and unacceptable. “Had there been [anything] missing in the file you should have called the officer concerned of the health department but you preferred to keep it on your table?” he questioned.
Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon then volunteered to sort out the matter. “I have got this design approved by him last night and the work would start shortly,” he said.
The chief minister, expressing his displeasure, said when the officers want they approve a scheme within a day, otherwise important files keep gathering dust on their table.
Health Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro said the Gadap hospital was launched by late chief minister Abdullah Shah and it was completed in 2010, however, flood affectees were housed in the building. Therefore, it could not be started. The CM directed Health Secretary to visit development schemes and keep reporting to him.
courtesy : dawn news