The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Government Assurances has decided to take action against the officers of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTVC) who have declined to pay honoraria to the PTVC employees.
The committee has also directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to ensure the provision of clean drinking water at all the universities in the country.
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Both these decisions were taken during the meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances that was held in the Committee Room of the Cabinet Division under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, MNA, and the Chief Whip of the Ruling Party.
The committee was informed that the PTVC administration had not paid honoraria to the employees who had served during the Budget Sessions of the National Assembly in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
The committee expressed its displeasure with the matter and decided that serious action will be taken against the officers of the administration of PTVC who had not complied with its directives.
The attendees of the meeting were also informed that the National Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution that had been moved by the Honourable MNA Shahida Rehmani on 18 September 2018. However, despite the passage of two years and several reminders, the HEC had still not implemented the resolution.
The representative of the HEC assured the Standing Committee that they would submit a comprehensive plan to it within three weeks.
The committee was also apprised that the Saylani Welfare Trust was interested in installing water filtration plants at all the universities across the country. In response, the committee has given a directive for a comprehensive work plan to be prepared for the purpose and that a corresponding compliance report be furnished to the committee within three weeks.
The Standing Committee has considered the assurance of the Ministry of Law and Justice and was apprised by its representative that the amendment made to Section 182 of Pakistan Penal Code has been duly incorporated and that the code has been updated accordingly.
Previously, the Pakistan Penal Code used to be in printed form but it has now been uploaded on the website. An android application for the code has also been created and will be introduced by the Prime Minister of Pakistan
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The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Government Assurances, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, and attended by MNAs Mujahid Ali, Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, Shagufta Jumani, Usman Ibrahim, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Saira Bano, Shahida Rehmani, and MNA/Mover Ali Muhammad Khan. The other officials in attendance were the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, the Secretary, Law and Justice Division, the Executive Director, the representatives of the HEC, and other senior civil officers.