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Event Title: The Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development

Event Date: 2020-10-01

The Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development in its meeting held on Thursday, discussed in detail the status of corruption cases and inquiries in Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) and Budget allocation of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development for FY 2019-20. 

 

Chaired by Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman, the meeting was attended by Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Samina Saeed, Senator Najma Hameed, Senator Shaheen Khalid Butt, Senator Muhammad Ayub, Senator Muhammad Khalid Bizenjo, Senator Mohsin Aziz and senior officers from the Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, FIA along with all concerned. 

 

The Committee, showed grave concern regarding the Motorway incident and was of the view that stringent measures must be taken to avoid such cases.  It was asserted that the statement of CCPO Lahore was inappropriate and that this statement has hurt the feelings of overseas Pakistanis. 

 

While being briefed by DG FIA regarding updated status of corruption cases /inquiries in EOBI, the Committee was informed that out 18 cases 16 are Suo Moto.  Members asserted that EOBI has moved away from its mandate and is working in property business only.  The Committee was informed that according to the EOBI Act the organization is mandated to work towards the welfare of pensioners and therefore invests in various schemes.  The need to discuss the EOBI investment portfolio in greater detail was stressed.

 

Discussing the budget allocation of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD and its attached Departments the Committee was informed that total allocation entailed PKR 1,541,000,000, funds received PKR 1,470,503,858 and Utilization has been PKR 1,394,603,883.  The Ministry has surrendered unutilized funds to the Ministry of Finance.  The Committee stressed the need for increasing CWA funding in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Manchester and Doha.  A CWA policy will be introduced.