KARACHI -- The Sindh cabinet has decided to request the Supreme Court to allow the provincial government to make alternate arrangements before bulldozing the human settlements emerged along the dykes of the canals.
The issue was raised when Minister Local Government Syed Nasir Shah told the cabinet that around 40,000 families have been displaced during the ongoing anti-encroachment drive along the dykes of River Indus and other canals in Sukkur.
Minister Agriculture Ismail Rahu also said that more 10,000 families of 'scheduled cast' living along the embankments of the canals of Badin district have gone displaced and now they were living under the open skies. The same issue was raised by Sr Advisor Nisar Khuro and other ministers. Minister Livestock Bari Pitafi also said that a large number of people were losing their houses in Ghotki district.
The chief minister in consultation with his cabinet members directed his Advisor Law to make a humble request to the Supreme Court to give a reasonable time to the provincial government for making alternate arrangements for the people being displaced during the ongoing drive.
The chief minister said that if the people living along the embankments of the canals would be displaced during this shivering winter they would encroach somewhere else and there was a possibility of loss of human lives.
Shah also directed Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to provide tents and blankets to the people displaced so far and also directed the district administration through chief Secretary to take care of the people living under the open skies.
The chief minister constituted a four-member committee comprising Minister Revenue Makhdoom Mahboob, Minister Human settlement Murtaza Baloch, Minister Local Government Nasir Shah and Minister Rehabilitation Faraz Dero to find out government lands where displaced or to be displaced people could be settled before bulldozing their houses constructed along the dykes of the canals.
Minister Local Government Nasir Shah said that the chief minister has already approved 200 acres of land for Sukkur and more land was required in Larkana, Ghotki and other districts.
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