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Event Title: Senate Sub-Committee on Delegated Legislation held at Parliament House

Event Date: 2018-10-25

The meeting of the Sub-Committee on delegated legislation was held on Thursday. Convened by Senator Rubina Khalid; the meeting was attended by Senator Kulsoom Parveen and senior officers of the Ministry of Information, National Institute of Technology Board (NITB), Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

The meeting commenced with a briefing of the National Institute of Technology Board (NITB). Convener Committee Senator Rubina Khalid showed displeasure regarding delay in finalization of rules for NITB and said that Information Technology is the future of the World and instead of facilitating its growth and development in Pakistan we are curbing its progress.  She was dismayed that these rules were received from NITB on 1st July 2015.  The case was examined by the Ministry of IT and Telecommunications to ensure all codal formalities and legal requirements were fulfilled. After detailed examination, the case was forwarded to Establishment Division on 15th July 2015. Since then Establishment Division has posed a number of queries. 

Executive Director NITB Nasir Naqvi was of the view that hiring human resource and retaining it is a major challenge.  He asserted that if remuneration packages are not upto the IT job market hiring capable individuals would not be possible. Retaining people on rules that were formulated centuries ago isn’t feasible, he said.  Senator Kulsoom Parveen asserted the need to make NITB an autonomous body.  Convenor Committee Senator Rubina Khalid said that she would push this case through both the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications as well as this forum. She asserted that development of IT in the government sector would put an end to delays in putting up of files which will be extremely beneficial. 

While discussing issues related to the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) Convener Committee Senator Rubina Khalid asserted that the Authority reviewed food supplements that are prescribed to gym-goers by trainers.  Senator Kulsoom Parveen asserted that it was imperative that this regulatory body reviewed medication closely and ensured that production of all substandard medication is stopped.