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Govt withdraws summary on NARC land, Senate body told

The government on Wednesday announced to withdraw summary on converting National Agricultural Research Centre’s 1,400 acres agriculture land into a housing complex.

The national food security and research minister informed the Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research that the prime minister has been pleased to approve the proposal of the ministry for withdrawal of the summary of the CDA chairman regarding the re-planning of NARC land and cancellation of lease agreement between the authority and the research organisation.

According to officials, the Senate played a vital role in the whole matter. The CDA moved a summary to the prime minister on March 31, 2015, for re-planning of 1,400 acres of land leased out to the NARC for revenue generation with the proposal to convert it into a housing society to be developed by a third-party developer.

Sensing the greed of land mafia behind the plan on the complaints of staff and other stakeholders, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed moved an adjournment motion on July 8, 2015.

According to the Senate Secretariat, after discussion in the house, Chairman Raza Rabbani sent the motion to the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research with the directions to discuss the terms and conditions of the land leased to the NARC.

The senate chairman also directed them to go through the terms of the agreement between CDA and the private developers mentioned in the summary.

The committee considered this matter at various meetings and gave its decision in favour of the research organisation after detailed discussions and deliberations as well as listening to the viewpoint of CDA, PARC and other stakeholders concerned,. The report of the committee was presented before the house on 7.10.2015. After due consideration, the report was adopted by the house in terms of Rule 196 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, on November 11, 2015. The decision of the house was communicated to the ministry concerned as well as CDA for implementation on November 16, 2015.

Immediately after the expiry of two months period, a compliance report was sought from the CDA at the meeting of the committee on January 19, 2016.

The CDA informed the meeting that no action has so far been taken, however, the matter would be placed before the authority board so as to take their decision in consonance or otherwise.

The chairman of the committee, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, moved a motion for breach of privilege of the Senate and the committee against the CDA chairman for non-implementation of the decision of the house.

A case No 16466-G/2015, filed by the employees of NARC against the CDA on a similar matter, was already pending before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and during the hearing of January 13, 2016 the Supreme Court of Pakistan endorsed the report of the standing committee and placed it on record as operative part of the order.

The committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges held a number of meetings on this issue. The CDA authorities and the ministry of capital administration and development division had been informed that the summary was lying pending with the cabinet.

Khan, Atif. Govt withdraws summary on NARC land, Senate body told. October 26, 2017.

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