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January 16, 2020

Jobs on sale: PTI MNA alleges senior PR officials got Rs150,000 per person for jobs

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January 16, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The treasury benches in the National Assembly found themselves in an embarrassing situation on Wednesday when one of their colleagues accused the government of selling jobs in the Pakistan Railways, ignoring merit.

Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member from Rajanpur, raised the issue of alleged sale of jobs by the Pakistan Railways in his constituency. He alleged that the railways senior officials had received Rs150,000 per person for providing a job and he could provide details of persons who got the jobs and those who received commission and struck deals.

Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Farrukh Habib, however, categorically denied the charges saying merit had not been violated. “All selections were made on merit and no commission was received by anyone,” he said.

Speaker Asad Qaisar sought a report from the Ministry of Railways. Meanwhile, Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema on the floor of the House reaffirmed the government’s commitment to build five million houses to provide shelter to the low income groups. Respondingto the queries of the members during the question hour, the minister said the Naya Pakistan Housing Authority had been established headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan himself. He said the purpose of authority was to provide homes to the low income groups at affordable rates.

He said efforts were in hand to bring down the interest rate for construction of homes to the single digit, adding that discussions in this regard were in progress with the FBR, State Bank of Pakistan and commercial banks. Cheema said Japan and Italy had almost agreed to provide a handsome grant to the government, which will be used to provide houses to the federal government employees below the scale of fifteen on 50 percent subsidy.

Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Aliya Hamza Malik told the House that one billion dollar investment had been attracted in the automobile sector over the last one and a half years.

She said 18 new companies had entered the Pakistani market while six manufacturers had started production. Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Nausheen Hamid told the House that the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had been replaced with the Pakistan Medical Commission to ensure efficient regulatory operations.

Nausheen said a piece of land had been acquired for the construction of King Hamad Nursing University in the federal capital. She said Bahrain will provide $13.26 million for construction of university. She said the basic health units in the capital were also being upgraded.

Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi told the House that a detailed study had been carried out to address the transport problem in Karachi. He said the Maritime Advisory Council had been established and notified to strengthen the maritime sector.

Responding to the points of different members, Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar said compensation will be announced for the families affected by heavy rains and snowfall in Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The chair also directed the government to collect data on damages in the rain and snowfall affected areas and announce relief for them. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul said the authorities were focusing on rescue activities in the affected areas.

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