The Sindh Cabinet on Tuesday urged the electricity distribution companies to overhaul their system and install new transformers in their networks, particularly in the rural area of Sindh to facilitate the masses.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah chaired the meeting of the provincial cabinet here at CM House.
Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Shaikh took up the issue of reported prolonged load shedding in the rural areas of Sindh and said that the old transformers installed in the rural areas are usually burnt, and their repair took four to five weeks, as a result poor people suffer a lot.
The cabinet was told that Provincial Benevolent Fund Board (PBFB) was custodian of the benevolent fund and catered to the claims of subsistence allowance across provinces.
The allowance is offered to the widow of the deceased government servant. The chief secretary pointed out that the rules (Rule 10 of part-I and Rule 9 of Party-II) PBFB were silent on widower being the beneficiary.
Therefore, the cabinet approved the amendment in the rule now it would be read as such grant shall be subject to the condition that the `widow or widower, shall, each month furnish to the Board a certificate in the form. On remarriage the grant shall cease forthwith.
It may be noted that an amount of Rs 5 billion is lying in the fund, out of which 45608 beneficiaries, including 41,532 non-gazetted and 3,634 gazetted taking benefit.
The fund pays to the family of deceased or invalidated government servants at the rate of Rs2000 for grade BS-1 to 15, Rs2500 for BS-16-19 and Rs3000 for BS-20-21.
Minister Women Development Department Shehla Raza requested the cabinet to approve merger of Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013 and its Rules 2016 with Child Protection Authority Act 2011 and amendment in the Bill 2021 of Social Welfare department.