Sindh not to accept census results if its concerns not addressed, warns Sharjeel


Karachi: Sindh Minister for Information, Transport and Mass Transit Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the Sindh government has conveyed it’s reservation on the digital census to the federal government.

If our reservations are not addressed, we will not accept the results of the digital census. He said that the Sindh government wanted that all political parties and civil society to have full confidence in the digital census and each and person residing in the province should be counted.

He added that head of the family should know that if he has registered 10 members of his family, they should be reflected in the digital census data.  The minister also demanded that data of  digital census should also be shared with the Sindh government. He said that in the digital census, all the people, including those living illegally, should be counted so that the correct number of  population should be available with government .   He expressed these views while addressing an important press conference at the Sindh Archives Complex.

He said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed reservations about the digital census. Similarly, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has also raised this matter with the federal government and at various forums. In this regard, a zoom meeting also held with the federal government  in which Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal was also present.

He has  concerns of the Sindh government on the digital census were shared with the federal minister.  We are waiting for the federal government’s response to  address the issues on census.  Provincial Information Minister said that an 8-hour long meeting of the Sindh Cabinet was held yesterday, in which important decisions were taken.

The Sindh government is trying to provide maximum relief to the people in the month of Ramadan. He said that Sindh government has already made cut on it’s expenditures so as to provide relief to general public. He said that  It has been decided to delegate the powers of magistrate to the Officers of Bureau of Supply and Prices also to stabilize the prices of daily commodities.

He said that under the powers of the magistrate, the officers of the Bureau of Supply will have the authority to arrest and impose fines on artificial and unnecessary increase in the prices of food items.  ‘ If anyone increases the prices unnecessarily, action will be taken against them,’ he added.  The provincial minister said that bachat markets will be set up in poor areas to give relief to the people. The minister further said that Sindh cabinet have given approval to launch an operation against bandits in the katcha areas on the border of Punjab and Balochistan. ‘

This joint operation will be conducted with the help of Punjab Police, Balochistan Police, Rangers and if necessary the services of Pakistan Army will also be sought,’ the minister said.   He remarked that dacoits have heavy and modern weapons, keeping this in mind, the Sindh government has approved funds to equip the police with modern weapons so that they can fight against dacoits.