Jam Khan Shoro seeks amendments to Sida law, water management ordinance

HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Irrigation Jam Khan Shoro has said that the Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (Sida) law requires amendments whereas business and service rules need to be framed for implementation of participatory irrigation system.

The minister said at a meeting of Sida he chaired here on Tuesday that a clearly defined mechanism was also required for implementation so that all problems could be addressed in time.

He said that present electoral college of Sida and area water boards (AWBs) remained vague as the Sida law did not clarify how participation of growers’ representatives in these elected bodies would be ensured.

He said that recommendations should, therefore, be drafted for amending Sindh Water Management Ordinance (SWMO), 2002, which should also focus problems confronting Sida and other elected bodies.

He said that with the approval of amendments by Sindh Assembly, elections for chairmen and representatives of growers in Sida and AWBs could become somewhat easier. Sindh’s water policy should be comprehensive because nature of water issues at national and provincial levels was different, he said.

He said that Sindh’s water policy should be guided by ground realities and existing geographical conditions of the province. Recommendations should be drafted for formation of task force under Sindh water policy to eliminate water theft, he said.

He said that amendments should be introduced to relevant law of Sida i.e. SWMO 2002 for the implementation of policy. Services of existing Sida staff would be regularised and problems related to inadequate budget and non-existing promotion policy would be addressed by the government, he said.

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