A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works was held on Wednesday at Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Senator Haji Hidayatullah and was attended by Senator Khalida Ateeb, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Fida Muhammad, Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and senior officers of the Ministry of Housing and Works along with its attached departments and agencies.
Matters discussed included; grade-wise appointments in PHA, FGEHA and Estate Office and provincial quota including erstwhile FATA since 2010; Cases of illegal allotments of plots and names and designations of those involved; Funds utilized by Pak PWD in Malakand Division and presentation of new housing scheme Sky Gardens in Bhara Kahu.
Regarding grade-wise appointments in PHA, FGEHA and Estate Office and quotas since 2010 the Committee data was submitted to the Committee. It was informed that all quota seats were calculated as per instructions of the Establishment Division which were currently 121 in number. While discussing massive irregularities conducted by DG PHA and DG FGEHA and their respective Human Resource Departments, the Committee was informed that the Ministry of Housing and Works has constituted an enquiry committee to investigate the issue in detail and will submit a report to the Committee within two weeks. The Committee took up the case of Mr. Sher Afzal Khan the Committee asserted the need for transparency of the recruitment process and questioned his direct appointment in grade 20. It was asserted that rules of recruitment were bended as well.
Discussing funds utilized by Pak PWD in Malakand Division the Committee took notice of projects in 2021 -2022. Massive irregularities were alleged, since contractors were awarded multiple projects as a result of which these tenders were cancelled by the then, Superintendent Engineer. Later, it was alleged that the Superintendent Engineer was removed and another was deputed in his place. The same contractors were tendered again with multiple projects and the very next day all related CDRS were encashed. The Ministry assured the Committee to probe the matter thoroughly. Discussing land encroachment in G14/ 1 to G-14/4, a sub-Committee was formulated to investiga te the matter in detail. The new housing scheme called Sky Gardens in Bhara Kahu, was discussed as well.