KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar on Tuesday urged the government to listen to the voice of traders.
“The city traders want me to stage sit-in protest for resolving the problems facing the metropolis and they were ready to sit with me,” the mayor Karachi said while addressing the reception in his honor held at the office of the Karachi Electronics Dealers Association’s head office in Saddar.
He said if people in Karachi did not vote for some party which was in the government, this did not mean that you snatch their basic rights.
Despite giving Rs 350 billion revenue to the country, Karachi remained in worst condition, he said. “This is not democracy as democracy or economy could get strength only if local governments are made strong. Karachi is presently facing a difficult time and in fact it is in the intensive care unit, however no one was paying attention on it whether it is the provincial government or federal,” he maintained
Wasim Akhtar said no one seemed to be interested in Karachi issues, the government must focus on Karachi before the traders decide for sit-in as already representatives of 300 Karachi markets were ready to hold sit-in for their demands.
He said that the Sindh government was not even providing full salary to employees of the local government despite keeping all revenue departments to itself. “If the staff of the Sindh government got increase in their pay, this raise should also be included in the salary of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and DMC staff.
“The federal and provincial government held a month-long cleanliness drive which gave only temporary benefit because lifting and disposal of garbage is a routine work and not a campaign. This work could only be done by those organizations which have their basic responsibility, the experience and skills for this,” he said.
The mayor Karachi demanded that in order to solve the problems of Karachi all civic bodies should be brought under the control of one authority.
He said that the SLGA 2013 devastated whole city. The local governments were made paralyzed and destroyed before holding the local government elections, he added.
The mayor said that Karachi must be treated especially as this city provides major portion of total revenue collected by the government.
The president of KEDA Muhammad Rizwan Irfan also spoke on this occasion.