TKF 2022 Recap
Meeting to discuss the Sindh Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy 2022
Members of civil society and development activists on Wednesday called upon the provincial government of Sindh to protect the interests of the common people in the development projects being initiated in various parts of the province.
The consultation meeting was held to discuss Sindh Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy 2022 and was organized by the National Commission for Human Rights, Urban Resource Centre and The Knowledge Forum at NCHR Office.
NCHR Member (Sindh) Anis Haroon chaired the meeting, whereas noted urban planner and veteran architect Arif Hassan, Shehri’s Amber Alibhai, Urban Resource Centre’s Zahid Farooq, Karachi Urban Lab’s Muhammed Toheed, Director, senior trade union leader Habibuddin Junaidi, TKF Director Ms Zeenia Shaukat, Uzma Noorani of HRCP, human rights activist Zulfiqar Shah, Yasir Hussain and others attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, senior architect Arif Hasan the Sindh Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy 2022 does not solve the overall problems of the local people.
According to him for developing a policy a detailed background paper is developed first. Before the finalization of any policy, a detailed discussion needs to be held at district levels. “In my view, this policy is made only for World Bank projects,” remarks Arif Hasan.
The biggest problem in all government policies is the non-availability of institutional arrangements. Civil society has to struggle for institutional arrangements.
Learning & Sharing Session Pakistan’s Power Sector Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP 2022-2031): Opportunities & Challenges
Participants at a learning and sharing session on IGCEP called for adopting clean energy in Pakistan’s energy mix, “in line with Pakistan’s international commitments and also as a response to the country’s struggles with the impacts of climate change.”
They were speaking at a Learning and Sharing Session on “Pakistan’s Power Sector Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP 2022-2031): Opportunities and Challenges” organised by The Knowledge Forum, a Karachi based think tank, here on Friday. The session sought to unfold the Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP), which is a key document in Pakistan’s power sector planning. IGCEP is prepared annually by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), and presents a 10 year roadmap for expanding Pakistan’s power generation with the aim of meeting the future energy needs of the country. As per the law, IGCEP is annually updated and approved by NEPRA. Before approval, a public hearing is also held which is attended by stakeholders from the industry, government, and non government sectors. This year, the hearing took place in the third week of October and the plan is likely to be approved in the next few weeks.
The Learning and Sharing session was organised to promote an understanding of the complex structure and process of IGCEP and draw the attention of civil society towards openings for sharing their voice and concerns so that the process could be made more democratic and representative.
Senior economist Prof. Ejaz Qureshi said as far as Sindh is concerned, there is no need to build any dams on the Indus River. He called for addressing the dilapidated electricity distribution system that compromises the capacity of the energy sector.
Consultation "Advocacy Meeting on Floods 2022 in Sindh: Mapping Vulnerabilities in Relief and Rehabilitation"
A consultation “Advocacy Meeting on Floods 2022 in Sindh: Mapping Vulnerabilities in Relief and Rehabilitation” was jointly organised by National Commission for Human rights (Sindh) and The Knowledge Forum at a local hotel on January 10, 2023.
The NCHR Member from Sindh Ms. Anis Haroon, Chairperson Sindh Commission on Status of Women Ms Nuzhat Shireen, Member, Sindh Assembly, Ms. Adreba Hassan, representatives of PDMA, Sindh Social Welfare department, civil society, and international organizations attended the consultation.
NCHR Member Sindh Ms. Anis Haroon said it is the need of the time that the hurdles being faced by the flood affectees after the passage of months should be documented and a proper mechanism be devised for speedy rehabilitation. “Pregnant women, persons with disabilities, children and people with compromised health are suffering the most in displacement situation,” she noted. She further emphasized that the government should ensure transparency in the rehabilitation process. “Non transparency in disaster response affects the vulnerable communities the most, as they don’t have the voice, the agency and external assistance to influence change.”
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