Parliamentary Meeting Held to Investigate Irregularities in NTC

A parliamentary panel Wednesday sought all the record of promotions and recruitment in the National Telecommunication (NTC), after questions have been raised on illegal promotions and appointments.

The sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication met with Amjad Ali Khan in the chair to discuss/investigate illegal appointments in NTC.

Aisha Syed, MNA pleaded that NTC cannot promote/appoint the 17 and above grade officers according to its Act and require permission from the minister-in charge i.e. Prime Minister. She further read a notification according to which NTC can only appoint/promote its staff i.e. up to 16 grade employees. She maintained that the record shows that major irregularities were reported in NTC.

Viqar Rashid Khan, Chairman, NTC, expelled the impression of irregularities while saying that NTC act does not specify any category of employees and hence no irregularities in procedure were reported.

Chairman further said that Prime Minister has made his appointment and according to the Act, the Board is authorized to promote or appoint NTC employees without PM’s consent. Prime Minister’s approval is required only for the appointment of the head of the Organization, he added.

Convener of the committee directed NTC to present record of all appointment and promotion made since 2010 in the Organization in next meeting.

The committee also decided to approach Law Ministry for clarification on the word “Staff”.