The meeting of the Senate House Committee was held on Thursday at the Parliament Lodges under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Senate, Senator Saleem Mandviwalla. Present at the meeting were Senator Kulsoom Parveen, Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini and senior officers from CDA, IESCO and FGPC.
The meeting commenced with a review of the minutes of the meeting that was held on 25th September, 2018. The Chairman Committee, Senator Saleem Mandviwalla went through each recommendation seeking its implementation status.
While discussing issues pertaining to maintenance grant of Parliament House and Lodges, it was revealed that funds amounting to PKR 194.00Million have been allocated for the repair and maintenance of Parliament Lodges and hostels. This release is made by the Federal government on a quarterly basis. The Committee was informed that the reason for impediments were non-release/delayed payments. The Committee recommended that the matter be taken up with the Finance Division.
Regarding sudden hikes in electricity bills of Parliament Lodges the IESCO representative informed the Committee that the bills were examined and arrears were reflected in it. The Director CDA added that the amount pertained to those bills that had not been paid by previous Lodge occupants. The Committee recommended that in addition to other measures, the meters installed at the Lodges must be checked for faults.
While enquiring about the progress report on the approval of PCII and appointment of consultant for the refurbishment of existing lodges it was revealed that PCII amounting to PKR 117.150 Million had been submitted to the Ministry of Interior. The Committee was appraised that the amount pertained only to hiring of the consultant and did not include complete project costs. The Committee after detailed deliberation on the issue asked the CDA to carry on with the process of routing PCII through the concerned Ministry/Division and also decided to defer the agenda till the next meeting wherein Secretary Finance, Secretary Interior, Chairman CDA and MD NESPAK be invited in the next meeting.
While discussing provision of two ambulances for the Parliament Lodges the Committee was informed that the FGPC had requested the Cabinet Division numerous times for provision of funds along with permission to purchase 02 ambulances for Parliament House and Lodges Dispensary, however, there has been no response. The Committee asserted that a letter be written to Secretary Cabinet for getting it approved in the next Cabinet meeting.