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Senate Committee expresses concern over not receiving updated briefing on housing schemes in less developed areas

Islamabad, June 08, 2016 (PPI-OT):Senate Standing Committee on Less Developed areas held a meeting to discuss performance of the ministry of Housing and Works and its attached departments/organisations in less developed districts and FATA. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Usman Khan Kakar here at the Parliament House on Wednesday. According to the data provided by PWD, out of 27 development schemes in Balochistan, not a single scheme was completed in 2014-15. 110 schemes out of 131, and 13 out of 43 were completed in less developed areas KPK and Sindh respectively.

However, when Senators expressed concerns regarding the slow pace of work and no attention given to projects in less developed areas, the ministry of Housing and Works told the committee that this data was updated on 30th April and work will be completed by 30th June. The committee expressed anguish over presenting old data to the committee.

The committee was further told that amount for development schemes in Balochistan was released on 14th and 19th June and due to short time left of the fiscal year, work could not be completed. The committee decided to take up the matter of delay in release of budget by the Finance ministry and to check which department is responsible for delay.

The committee also questioned the status of National Housing Authority and its budget allocation. The committee was told that NHA is an attached department of the ministry and has just corresponding role for the Prime Minister’s low cost apna ghar scheme. The committee members were surprised to know that no work has been done on this scheme other than land allocation in some areas of Sindh, KPK and Balochistan. The meeting was attended among others by Senator Mir Kabeer Shahi, Senator Samina Abid, Senator Gianchand, Senator Sarda Musakhel, Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini and Secretary Housing and Works.

For more information, contact:
Public Service Obligation to Chairman
Syed Hasnain Haider
Senate of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 920 4564 534
Fax: +9251 920 5703
H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2,
Web: www.senate.gov.pk
E-mail: senate@comsats.net.pk

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