Federal govt playing ping pong on census: Murad Shah
THATTA: The Sindh Chief Minister SyedMurad Ali Shah has said that the federal government has failed to expedite work on census results and carrying out delimitation exercises. “This has raised the apprehensions of delaying general elections which PPP would never allow.” This he said while talking to media just after laying Foundation stone of a hospital being established by a local NGO, Sahil Welfare Trust here at Darya Peer village located on Coastal Highway, near Mirpur Sakro of District Thatta.
He said that in the last CCI meeting held on August 25 permission was sought to lay provisional Census results. But sorry to say, one of the federal ministers on the floor of the National Assembly said “the Sindh Chief Minister had accepted the Census results.” He went on saying that in the CCI meeting of November 13, he had lodged complaint with prime minister against the irresponsible statement given by the federal Minister about him. The prime minister upheld the chief minister’s point of view and said meeting was meant only for laying provisional results not for approving the results.
He said that in the CCI meeting there were eight votes but he was the only one who had discussed census results ranging from average numerical size of a family unit, male- female ratio, average housing units in rural and urban areas in the CCI meeting.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the federal government after laying Census results in the CCI meeting of August 25 called InterProvincial Coordination Committee meeting (IPCC) on September 7 to discuss the Census and delimitation mattes. In the IPCC meeting, it was pointed out that the census and delimitation matters belonged to CCI, therefore they referred them to CCI.
The prime minister called CCI meeting on November 13, and said a constitutional amendment was required for starting delimitation on the basis of provisional census results “Now, question arises why the federal government is wasting time by playing ping pong with Census,” he asked and said when the constitutional amendment was required the federal government should have gone directly for amendment instead of referring the matter to IPCC and CCI.