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Event Title: Senate Standing Committee on Communications

Event Date: 2021-09-16

Senate Standing Committee on Communications headed by Senator Prince Omer Ahmedzai on Thursday constituted a sub-committee to look into lacunas in various ongoing and completed projects of the National Highways Authority (NHA).

The Chairman committee highlighted the need to have a 25 year vision on master planning of roads, and an international consultant should be hired to make elaborate plans on all the national connectivity.

The committee met here at Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Prince Omer Ahmadzai.                              

The Chairman of the Committee nominated Senator Saifullah Abro as convener of the sub-committee with two members including Senator Shammim Afridi and Senator Kamil Ali Agha.                   

A member of the committee Senator Saifullah Abro sighted over costing in various projects of the National Highways Authority, particularly the Larkana-Naudero-Lakhi road section. He expressed displeasure over the poor conditions of some of the roads completed by  NHA.

Earlier, Senior officials of the National Highway Authority (NHA) briefed the committee about the Annual Maintenance Plans of Indus Highway,  roads from Mianwali to Uch Sharif, Petaro-Sehwan, Fort Munro to Ghazi Ghat Bridge and Dera Ghazi Khan bypass.

Secretary communication underscored that there are certain issues in the system and need to be addressed at the earliest. He said that ministry was working for the betterment of the system and restructuring of the NHA. “We are computerizing the system through satellite imaginary which will be updated quarterly. The computerized system will help in indicating the areas where encroachment was taking place”, he further added.

Inspector General National Highways and Motorway Police NH&MP, Dr Kaleem Imam clued in the committee about all the recruitments that were made against the quota reserved for minorities and also provided province wise, district wise complete details of officers and officials of NH&MP.  He apprised the committee that non-Muslim officers and officials recruitment quota of 5% was implemented in letter and spirit. He said that NH&MP also encouraging minority youth in the upcoming recruitment process to join the service. He underlined that at present, 309 minorities were serving as uniformed and non-uniformed officers and officials in NH&MP. The committee under the chairmanship of Senator Prince Ahmed Omer Ahmedzai also sought details of officers and officials working in NH&MP from Balochistan province. The Chairman of the committee recommended that Balochistan youth should also be given priority in the upcoming recruitment process.

IG NH&MP police informed the committee that soon NH&MP would announce 1600 vacancies. Erstwhile Fata and Balochistan will be given 3 per cent and 7 per cent quota respectively. He said that a special package was also announced for the youth of Balochistan. On asking, the IG NH&MP said that all the details of the upcoming induction process will be shared with the committee in the next meeting.

The committee was also briefed about the officials/officers working on a deputation basis in NH&MP. IG NH&MP, Kaleem Imam informed the committee that currently, a total of 1545 officers/officials were working on deputation in NHMP.

Senator Shammim Afridi complemented the NHA officials and express satisfaction over the progress been made on D.I Khan to Kohat, Kohat to Peshawar and Peshawar to Islamabad road.

The committee also offered Fateha for the departed soul of the father of Secretary Communications.

Members of the committee Senator Abida Muhammad Azeem, Senator Umer Farooq, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Shammim Afridi, Senator Muhammad Akram, Senator Kamil Ali Agha and Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman attended the meeting. Secretary Ministry of Communications, Chairman NHA and other senior officials of NHA also participated in the meeting.