KARACHI: Sindh Government on Friday has posted most powerful bureaucrat of the provincial government, Fazlullah Pechuho as Secretary, Health Department.
Pechuho is brother-in-law of Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman, Asif Ali Zardari. PPP is ruling party in Sindh province. Fazlullah Pechuho remained posted as Secretary of the Education and Literacy Department, Sindh for continuously around four years. He was assigned the Health Department soon after bifurcation of the Education Department.
Pechuho was appointed Secretary, Education and Literacy Department in February 2013. Recently, the provincial government had divided the Education Department into two departments, School Education and College Education. After bifurcation Pechuho was assigned the School Education only. The decision came after Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah had declared ‘education emergency’ in the province.
The reasoning behind this action was stated that one secretary could not possibly handle the large number of schools and colleges in Sindh. Official sources said that the decision was made long ago but its implementation was a big problem because Pechuho was not willing to surrender his powers.
Pechuho was ‘unwilling’ to hear the then chief minister, Qaim Ali Shah, and became a stumbling block in the way of bifurcation of the department. How it became possible after Syed Murad Ali Shah took over office of the chief minister.
After bifurcation of the education department the schools secretary was handling 46,039 public schools in Sindh, with a budgetary allocation of Rs1.51 billion for elementary education and Rs6.86 billion for secondary education, respectively.
While a sum of Rs4.59 billion is the allocation for college education for 271 public colleges in Sindh, of which 125 of the colleges are located in Karachi alone.
It is pertinent of mention here that provincial health department’s budget in current financial year is Rs14 billion. The health department’s budgetary allocation during last year’s Annual Development Plan was Rs13 billion. (By Staff Report)