Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Prime Minister’s Housing Facilities for poor Sindh Govt, UNDP sign MoU

An MoU between Sindh Government and UNDP was signed at a simple ceremony held at Chief Minister House.Addressing the ceremony the UNDP representative highlighted the objectives of the project and assured of UNDP’s full cooperation whereby the poor and needy people could be provided shelter.Spotlighting the salient features of the project, Provincial Minister for Housing and Jails, Haji Muzaffar Shujra described the project as being under PPP manifesto and program propounded by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

He informed that Sindh Government has allocated Rs 2 billion this year to provide housing facilities to the poor under Prime Minister’s program and Sindh Government has chalked out an elaborate plan in this respect.

He said the poor will be given houses free of cost for which selection will be made by Peoples Housing Cell, area elected representatives and local NGOs while certain portion of plots in cities would be given on commercial basis besides providing subsidy so that low income people could be provided cheaper houses.Haji Muzaffar Shujra informed that Peoples Housing Cell, in cooperation with UNDP will construct 500 houses for villages most affected by sea storm and would be ready in 6-9 months with each house costing Rs 3.45 lac.

He said Benazir model of these houses will be prepared in few days. These will have 2 airy rooms, veranda, bathroom, cattle shed and courtyard.

He said that UNDP will provide training to local skilled people and labourers in the construction of modern houses. He said these houses will be provided electricity, burners and solar power for street lights free of cost.

Chief Minister’s Advisor and Chairman People’s Housing Cell Ziaul Islam welcomed the guests and gave details of MoU.Provincial Ministers Dr Zulfikar Mirza, Sassui Palejo, Akhtar Hussain Jadoon, Abdul Jalil Memon, Advisors Rashid Rabbani, Sharmila Farooqui, MPA Dr Sikandar Mahendro, CM’s Special Assistant Waqar Mehdi, Additional Chief Secretaries Nazar Hussain Maher and Ghulam Ali Pasha and others were also present on the occasion.

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