The Senate Standing Committee on Statistics was held on Monday. Chaired by Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, the meeting was attended by Senator Dr. Asif Kirmani, Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi, Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Asad Ali Khan Junejo and senior officers from the Ministry of Statistics.
The meeting commenced with a briefing by the Ministry on mineral statistics in Pakistan. Data shared provided a list of minerals in all four provinces, yearly growth rate and yearly production rates of minerals in Pakistan. It also discussed the share in national economy and the issue that the industry faced.
It was revealed that time lag was a major issue that the Ministry of Statistics faced regarding data collection from the four provinces. Chairman Committee showed displeasure regarding the authenticity of the collected data and said that major lacunas can be found in it. He stressed the need for the Ministry to generate basic data and said that this would not only benefit the Ministry but would also help the Standing Committees of the Parliament greatly. He further directed that the briefing /presentation must be comprehensive for detailed deliberation.
Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi was of the view that data available with the Ministry is compromised, which is a serious issue. She stressed the need for the development of a portal access to which would be available to all stakeholders.
Senator Asad Ali Khan Junejo seconded Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi’s suggestion and said that development of the portal would improve working speed. He however, stressed the need for the development of proper software and suggested that the Ministry must prepare a working paper and must give recommendations on how they plan to take things forward.
Chairman Committee directed that the Chamber of Commerce of all provinces must be summoned in the next meeting alongwith Provincial Mineral Secretaries and Concerned officials from the Ministry of Law. The FBR and the Finance Department may be summoned after that, he said. He further directed the Ministry to submit a roadmap on the way forward within a week.