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Event Title: Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Capital Administration and Development held at Parliament House

Event Date: 2018-08-06

The Senate Standing Committee on Capital Administration was held on Monday. Chaired by Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar, the meeting was attended by Senator Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen, Senator Imamuddin Shouqeen, Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi, Senator Kusoom Parveen, Senator Samina Saeed, Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Saadia Abbasi, Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Senator Mohsin Aziz and other senior officers from the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Central Development Authority (CDA), Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC). Secretary Country and Gun Club, was also present for the meeting. 

With reference to the Gun and Country Club Senator Azam Khan Swati said that the bill had been at the Committee’s table for review since a very long time. He was of the opinion that for smooth operations at the Club it was imperative that dictatorship ends.

According to the Ministry of Law the Country and Gun Club is not a private enterprise and the government of Pakistan owns the land on which it has been constructed. Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD)  Muhammad Saqib Aziz briefed the Committee that on the orders of the Supreme Court dated 9th July, 2018,  the Gun and Country Club was taken from the Jurisdiction of CADD and handed over to the Ministry for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC).  Since the land that it is constructed on belongs to the Pakistan Sports Board, the Supreme Court of Pakistan directed the Survey of Pakistan to examine it. 

Senator Mohsin Aziz reviewed the Real Estate Bill and asserted that establishment of Real Estate Authority was imperative to protect allottee rights.  He further stated that the Bill had been under discussion since August  2017 and that now it was high time that the Committee takes a decision on it.  He asserted that the residents of Islamabad have suffered scams at the hands of absconders who buy just 20 percent of land, thereby collecting payments worth cent percent.

Secretary CADD revealed that besides CDA there were numerous other stakeholders involved such as the ICT.  He asserted that the Committee must be provided with complete details of stakeholders after consulting with the Ministry of Law. The Committee recommended that a report be submitted within 15 days.   While being briefed by Executive Director Federal Government Poly Clinic, Dr. Shahid Hanif, it was revealed that within 24 hours three OPD shifts were being conducted at the hospital. He further stated that besides providing medical care to 7000 – 9000 patients daily the hospital also catered to mobile cover requests to national and international dignitaries. 

While talking about inductions at the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) it was revealed that there were 362 positions vacant. He revealed that the issue of seniority has arisen and that soon DPC will be summoned to resolve the issue.  He also stated that 46 new posts will be created. The Committee demanded details of all promotions and recruitments that have taken place.  The Committee took strict notice of the Emergency Room being on the other side of the road and said that it was extremely inconvenient to transfer patients to wards. 

Senator Kulsoom Parveen raised the issue of using sub-standard medical paraphernalia at the hospital.  Seconding Senator Parveen’s views, Senator Sardar Mohammad Shafiq Tareen said that to benefit patients it was imperative that the quality of medication being supplied at the hospital be reviewed. He also said that the menace of doctors who do not show up at work must be controlled.  While responding to the question of Chairman Committee, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Secretary CADD revealed that the Islamabad High Court issued a stay order on the Argentina Park.  Chairman Committee appealed to the High Court via the media to take the decision keeping in view the greater interest of the people of Pakistan. The Committee demanded that hospital management render details of tenders issued within the last three years.