Nov 24, 2018

Govt. School miserable condition in Sindh Province Pakistan

Apropos of a report published in print media on Nov 18th 2018 that Sindh High Court [SHC] Chief Justice [CJ] Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh has summoned the Education Secretary directing him to file comments over lack of basic facilities in schools in interior Sindh

Taking notice of electronic media reports about lack of basic facilities at government schools in Taluka Jati, Sujawal and Faridabad, Dadu

Its surprised that SHC CJ is only concerned about 4 Schools in Sindh [stated above] whereas the report published in Sep 2018 by USAID Sindh basic education program in Partnership with Government of Sindh stated something very bleak & alarming rather a complete closure of school & killing education portfolio on part of Sindh govt.

Sindh govt. talks aggressively on provision of education in Sindh but in reality its zero, just a lip service, hollow promises and empty claim since decades where Dysfunctional schools are higher than Functional. 

PPP has been in the govt. whether the province governed under military rule or ran through elected representative in either case no improvement we noticed since 35 years in order to ameliorate the debilitative condition of schools in Sindh.

Even though the Court issued the directives on a set of petitions mainly seeking implementation of the Sindh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2013, the law was promulgated after induction of Article 25A in the Constitution but has gone ineffective & no progress at all

Sufficient amounts are budgeted on the name of education but greedy and corrupt leadership abuses the fund, keeping the generation illiterate designedly so that people may not stand before them.

Deliberately keeping oppression & suppression among the community, keeping slavery system alive, avoiding of imparting education for the sake of political power & uninterrupted legacy syndrome.

The desire of influential lords sitting in the govt. for not to educate but keeping them simpleton so that people may not raise voice before the corrupt political leadership saving vote bank strength intact in Sindh.

The proliferation of small basic education facility throughout Sindh nearly impossible to manage, there are 49,000 schools in the Government of Sindh [GOS]'s [the current inventory], many of which are non-functional, poorly located, undersized (one or two-rooms), understaffed and poorly constructed - teacher absenteeism is chronic and common.

In addition, having several schools situated on the same premises, each with separate administrative personnel – this has created inefficiencies that the Government of Sindh can ill afford.
Finally, there has been an under-investment in school facilities serving students of class 5, which has left few options for children to continue their education beyond the primary level, particularly for girls.
Further, the managing director of the Sind Education Foundation [SEF], Naheed Shah Durrani, contended that efforts were being made for proper implementation of the law and during the last three years they had ensured 100% enrolments of students across Sindh.
The bench said that according to a report 10,364 school buildings in Sindh were satisfactory, 18,838 needed repair, 6,375 were declared dangerous, and there were no information available about 319 schools with the education department.

Besides the MD SEF, Secretary Education Qazi Shahid Pervez had been asked by the court to recover schools building which were illegally occupied or encroached upon so that all schools may be utilized for the purpose of education in the province, especially in the rural areas.

Moreover as many as 52 ghost schools SEF uncovered across the province.
According to details, Rs50 million had been allocated for the Ghost schools by the SEF, which is a public-private partnership institution providing funds to schools in areas where there are no government educational institutions.

The districts where the SEF’s Ghost school has been uncovered included Larkana, Hyderabad, Dadu, Tharparkar, Sanghar and Mirpur Khas.

The Ghost School was under the supervision of various non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and the private sector, according to the documents.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that funds were given for schools which either turned out to be ghost School or did not use the funds properly.

According to report released on 24th Oct 2017 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, highlighted the government’s apparent failure to provide high-quality education in Pakistan.

Lack of sanitation, level of teachers’ salaries, low levels of spending on education and lack of regulations of health and safety at schools are being counted among the reasons for this.
In Sindh, one of the major issues being faced is lack of sanitation and water facilities.

One-third of schools in the country have no water or basic sanitation or toilets. Only half of all government schools have usable toilets.

“In Sindh, 100,000 students leave school in the first month every year due to the absence of basic facilities (such as water and sanitation),” admitted the provincial education department’s secretary, Dr Iqbal Hussain Durrani, before the judicial commission.
According to a survey conducted by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum in 2017, around 95% of public schools along the Sindh coastline do not have drinking water or washrooms for students.

“We conducted the survey in Kharo Chan and Keti Bunder tehsils of Thatta district, where 95% schools lack drinking water facilities,” the forum’s field coordinator Gulab Shah had said.

On October 18, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced that 4,000 schools would be selected and provided all necessary facilities within the next six months. He had approved Rs6 billion for the project during a meeting with education department officials.
In a presentation to the CM, the education secretary had said there were around 4,000 schools in the province that did not have washrooms upon which Shah had commented that he had been listening to reports of missing facilities in schools for years.

He directed the school education department to select at least 4,000 schools and provide them all the facilities, including boundary walls, libraries, teachers’ rooms, laboratories, washrooms, drinking water and electricity. Shah directed the provision of solar energy to schools where power connections via electrical poles were not possible.

Has it been done still a big question mark? And where the approved amount R 6 billion is gone?

Nov 18, 2018

U-Turn in politics is valid & politician enjoys it!

A decision to reverse earlier decision & it is crying need of the day, so U-turn can be taken and is taken by Political leaders.

In practicality U-turn plays pivotal and vital role, it impacts while underscoring & emphasizing working strategy for any project, any plan and implementation thereof.

In America it is called "flip-flop" but in UK, Ireland, Pakistan it is termed as U-turn and in Australia and New Zealand known as Backflip.

It is a sudden real or apparent change of policy or opinion by a public official, sometimes while trying to claim that both positions are consistent with each other.

Often it will occur during the period prior to or following an election in order to maximize the candidate's popularity or formulating policy and procedure for the country.

Non-political use: Outside politics the use of U-turn is not termed as pejorative, uncomplimentary, disadvantageous, and unpleasant. It means in outside politics it is also appreciative 

A scientist or mathematician can often obtain some experimental results or logical proofs which causes one to flip flop on a previously held belief.

The politician scrolling himself, considering merits and demerits & impending situations relevant to the plan in hand or while formulating policy and procedure, traveling around in a given situation and eventually arriving at a point where he sees the things appropriate and profitable then closes further scroll.

Rigidity & inflexibly goes against the plan, so U- turn gives an opportunity to look the thing in real perspective, afterthought and forethought & then decisive action.

It is a probability where the ball is rolled horizontally & vertically then a marginal points is achieved where the politician feels satisfied so it becomes only possible when U-turn as a tool is used.

It signifies ‘’as a change in someone opinion’’, to alternate back and forth between directly opposite opinion, ideas or decision.

It does not attract any repercussion or backlash or any bad feeling but a changed behavior in decision making.

The following situation similar to our politicians who change their ownership from party to another [whatever may the reason]

In the archives of The New York Times, which go back to 1851, the earliest unequivocal mention of "flip-flop" as a change in someone's opinion is in an October 23, 1890, report of a campaign speech in New York City. John W. Goff, candidate for district attorney, said of one of his opponents: 

"I would like to hear Mr. Nicoll explain his great flip-flop, for three years ago, you know, as the Republican candidate for District Attorney, he bitterly denounced Tammany as a party run by bosses and in the interest of bossism.... Nicoll, who three years ago was denouncing Tammany, is its candidate to-day.
The term was also used in 1967, when a New York Times editorial and Times columnist Tom Wicker used it in commenting on different  events. It was also in the 1976 election, when President Gerald Ford used the phrase against his opponent Jimmy Carter

In the 1988 U.S. presidential election, Michael Dukakis used the term against opponent Richard Gephardt, saying, "There's a flip-flopper over here" about Gephardt.

The term also was used extensively in the 2004 U.S. presidential election campaign. It was used by critics as a catch-phrase attack on John Kerry, claiming he was "flip-flopping" his stance on several issues, including the ongoing war in Iraq.

Famously, on March 16, 2004, during an appearance at Marshall University Kerry tried to explain his vote for an $87 billion supplemental appropriation for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan by telling the crowd, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against it."

After the remark became controversial, he explained that he had supported an earlier Democratic measure that would have paid for the $87 billion in war funding by reducing Bush's tax cuts.

FactCheck stated that "Kerry has never wavered from his support for giving Bush authority to use force in Iraq, nor has he changed his position that he, as President, would not have gone to war without greater international support.

The term "U-turn" in the United Kingdom was famously applied to Edward Heath, the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974. 

Prior to the 1970 general election, the Conservative Party compiled a manifesto that highlighted free-market economic policies. Heath abandoned such policies when his government nationalised Rolls-Royce (hence the actual "U-turn"). 

The Conservative government was later attacked for such a move because nationalisation was seen (by the Thatcher era) as antithetical to Conservative beliefs.

This later led to one of Margaret Thatcher's most famous phrases: "you turn [U-turn] if you want to. The lady's not for turning". The Conservatives would adopt the free market under her.

The circumstances surrounding the flip-flop and its larger context can be crucial factors in whether or not a politician is hurt or helped more by a change in position. "Long hailed as a conservative champion, Ronald Reagan could shrug off his support of a tax increase in 1982 to curb the budget deficits his 1981 tax cut had exacerbated,"

According to an analysis of flip-flopping in The New York Times. "Long suspect on the Republican right, George [H. W.] Bush faced a crippling 1992 primary challenge after abandoning his 'no new taxes' campaign pledge in the White House.

Kerry's perceived equivocation on the Iraq war damaged his 2004 campaign, according to both Democratic and Republican political operatives. "It spoke to a pattern of calculation and indecisiveness that make him look like a weak commander in chief compared to [George W.] Bush", said Jonathan Prince, a strategist for 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards, Kerry's running mate in 2004.

In the 2008 primary season, Edwards simply stated that "I was wrong" when he had voted in the U.S. Senate to authorize the Iraq War. "Progressives loved it because it was taking responsibility, not abdicating it," according to Prince
United States commentator Jim Geraghty has written that politicians need to be allowed some leeway in changing their minds as the result of changing conditions. "I actually think that a candidate can even change his position in response to a changing political environment, as long as they're honest about it.
'The votes just aren't there, public support isn't there, so I have to put this proposal on the back burner for a while,' is a perfectly legitimate response to a difficult position."

There is a difference between changing your policy position and breaking a promise," John Dickerson, wrote in Slate online magazine. "Breaking a promise is a problem of a higher order than changing a policy position. Our mothers told us not to break promises......Source Wikipedia Flip-Flop politics

Nov 11, 2018

How Bureaucracy looting Govt. of Pakistan?

living in paradise at the ground - not paying from own pocket but from National Treasury, a net loss to the govt.

What a shameful act of Bureaucrats who are using scale of govt. properties across the province in Pakistan and its cost impacting directly to ‘’national treasury’’ truly immodest and immoral they are, Said the political analyst.

And it is more brazen, offensive & shocking that PML-N & PPP kept their eyes shut during their tenure, certainly for their own cause to win in the election.

And it is vivid of course that why not you will win the election if you give them spacious well-furnished Bungalows stretched on scale of Kanals along with housekeeping, regular repairing and maintenance support i.e. renovation and refurbishment in addition to ‘’handsome salaries and perk’’ with no burden on their pocket but national treasury.

However Supreme Court Pakistan has taken notice of huge ‘’Government Residences’’ occupied by officers of different departments.

Supreme Court must find out that since how long they are living in these Mansions and Bungalows? And its recovery so far came on the shoulder of ‘’national kitty’’ must be recovered from PML-N Nawaz Shareef and PPP Asif Ali Zardari who deliberately fostered & fed these Bureaucrats making the national treasury vulnerable.

These Government Residences are located in upscale areas of major cities across the country and the Chief justice has called reports from the provincial Chief Secretaries within 10 days.

The Sargodha Commissioner House the largest Govt. Residence Bungalows spread over 104 Kanals is under use of 
Bureaucrats & Senior Police Officers where 33 staff members have been deployed for its maintenance and security.

The Mansion of the Sahiwal Senior Superintendents of Police which is spread over 98 Kanals are under his custody.

Residences of DCOs of Mianwali 95 Kanals

Faisalabad area 92 kanals.

Millions are spent annually on the maintenance and security of the Government Residences spread over an area of 2,600 Kanals across Punjab alone where almost 30,000 government and private employees have been deployed at these Residences & the entire expenses are borne by the government.

If sold, these properties can fetch Billions of rupees

The Federal Cabinet in its first meeting had considered a proposal to hand over Government Properties and Buildings to the Privatization Commission for their sale to investors.

The government has divided its properties and buildings into three categories which included assets that would be privatized, leased and outsourced.

Total area of Official Residences of just 7 DIGs and 32 SSPs consisting on 860 Kanals

Gujranwala DIG’s residence is spread over 70 Kanals

Sargodha DIG 40 Kanals

Rawalpindi DIG, Faisalabad DIG and Dera Ghazi Khan DIG 20 Kanals each

Multan DIG 18 Kanals and

Lahore DIG 15 Kanals

Mianwali SSP has the largest residence among the SSPs with an area of 70 Kanals

Rajanpur SSP 37 Kanals,

Sheikhupura and Bahawalnagar SSPs 32 Kanals each

Attock SSP 29 Kanals

Gujranwala SSP 25 Kanals

Rahim Yar Khan SSP 22 Kanals

Vehari and Kasur SSPs 20 Kanals each

Jhang SSP 18 Kanals

Khanewal and Bahawalpur SSPs 15 Kanals each

Pakpattan SSP 14 Kanals

Multan SSP 13 Kanals

Hafizabad, Chakwal and Narowal SSPs 10 Kanals each

Sialkot SSP 9 Kanals

Gujarat and Bhakkar SSPs 8 Kanals each

Layyah, Jhelum and Khushab SSPs 6 Kanals each

Toba Tek Singh and Rawalpindi SSPs 5 Kanals each

Now you can imagine that why election will not be yours. Of course you will win when you are caring your big shots, Bureaucracy, IG DIG SSP Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners then Election Result cent percent will be in your hand, Said seasoned political Analyst.