Meeting of Senate Sub Committee on Housing & Works was held the under the convener ship of Senator Kamil Ali Agha here at Parliament House on Monday.*
Meeting commenced with consideration of matter related to Water Filtration Plants & Tube Wells installed by Pak PWD in KPK along with details of staff posted there in grade-14 and above. According to the response submitted by Ministry officials, a number of 41 tube wells were installed, (22 Nos. D. I. Khan, 9 Nos, Khyber & 10 Nos. Peshawar) and 237 Nos. Pressure Pumps (225 Nos. Baiour, 09 Nos. Khyber & 03 Nos. Bannu) by Pak PWD in KPK. However, no staff was deputed by Pak PWD. After installation, the tube wells and pressure pumps detailed above had been handed over to the Provincial Government. The Executive Engineer, Central E/M Division Pak PWD Peshawar had previously provided incomplete/False information and disciplinary action has been initiated against the concerned Executive Engineer under E&D Rules, 2020.
Chairman Committee directed the PWD officials to present complete details of project i.e. Advertisement, PC-1 and transfer documents in regards to handing over of the project to KPK government.
Committee also looked into alleged Corruption/ malpractices and embezzlement on Pak PWD Batkhela Division as reported in the Newspaper Daily Mashriq (Peshawar), dated 25- 05-2021.
Ministry officials informed the Committee that the report submitted by the Executive Engineer, Project Civil Division, Pak PWD Batkhella has been examined and found convincing. In this regard, the complainants also filed the cases in Court. However, the Honorable Court agreed with the stance of the department, hence, their appeals were disposed off, as the complaints were made on ulterior motives without any ground reality. It was further apprised that the advertising of tenders are available in newspaper as well as PPRA web site. However all tenders/contracts were awarded transparently as per PPRA Rules to the lowest bidder.
Senator Afnan Ullah Khan suggested that contractors should be reprimanded for wasting time of the department as well as this august forum of the committee. Chairman Committee sought complete details of the project in question and all the PWD projects carried out in Batkhela in last one year to be presented in the next meeting of the Committee.
Committee meeting was attended by Senator Afnan Ullah Khan and officials from Pak PWD and Ministry of Housing and Works.