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NA body approves FPSC Amendment Bill

National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has unanimously approved “The Federal Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2016” bringing recruitments in civil service in BPS-11 and above within the purview of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC). The committee met with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan in the chair at the Parliament House here on Wednesday.

Committee Chairman Rana Muhammad Hayat said that the Federal Public Service Commission should recruit for civil service in grade-11 and above. He said that Punjab Public Service Commission is recruiting for civil service in grade-11 and above. The additional secretary Establishment Division said that FPSC is already facing many problems and we are against the amendment in the bill relating to recruitment in grade-11. He said the FPSC is also conducting recruitments for corporations.

All members of the committee opposed the views of additional secretary and said that no one would point the finger at the politicians or others if the FPSC recruits candidates in grade-11 and above in a transparent manner. After this, the committee unanimously approved the Federal Public Services Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by MNA Dr Fouzia Hameed. The committee pended its further discussion on National Conflict of Interest Bill, 2016 moved by MNA Murad Saeed till approval of the proposed amendments in Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964 by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Compulsory Education of Arabic Bill, 2014 moved by MNA Naeema Kishwar Khan was also deferred for discussion till next meeting of the committee.

The committee also expressed its displeasure on the pending payments of compensation to the affected people of Islamabad under Islamabad Displaced Rehabilitation Policy and directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to compile lists of pending cases of payment of affected people and identify persons responsible for an inordinate delay and the reasons and submit a comprehensive report within 30 days.

The committee was apprised that under the rehabilitation policy, the CDA has been providing compensation/alternate lands in lieu of the acquired land under CDA Ordinance, 1960. The CDA representative apprised the committee that after enforcement of the CDA Land Acquisition and Rules Policy, 2007, the policy had been applied in sectors C-13, 15 & 16, D-13, E-13 and F-13 and one developed plot of one kanal was allotted to an affectee/land owner for every four kanals of land acquired from them.

On a query of the committee member, the CDA representative informed that not a single case of compensation/payment has been processed during the last 3 months. The committee observed that prevalent corruption in estate and land departments of CDA has deprived the effected people of their due right.

The committee after being briefed by the representative of the Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) constituted a sub-committee under the convenor ship of MNA Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak to visit the educational institutions in the federal capital to physically monitor the reforms being carried out under the PM’s Education Reforms Programme in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and submit its report to the committee. Under the reforms, as many as 200 school buses were purchased for various Islamabad public schools at the cost of Rs 574 million.

The committee while discussing the problems of nurseries in Islamabad directed the CDA to provide alternate substitute land to the affected nurseries and resolve other issues in consultation with the representative of Islamabad Nurseries Welfare Association.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Syed Javed Ali Shah, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Parveen Masood Bhatti, Nighat Parveen Mir, Shahnaz Saleem, Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Asad Umar, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed All Raza Abidi, Dr Fouzia Hameed, Murad Saeed, Secretary CADD, Secretary FPSC, Chairman CDA and representatives of the concerned departments.

Citation: Recorder Report. NA body approves FPSC Amendment Bill. Business Recorder, January 5, 2017.

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