Parliamentary Committee Requests HEC Change Balochistan and Ex-FATA Scholarship Criteria

The Committee recommended paying FATA citizens for damages and losses according to codal formalities, including audits.

On Monday, the Senate Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) adopted the report of the sub-Committee on physical verification of ADP and AIP funds development schemes, e-tendering, GIS mapping, pre and post-picture uploading, and type D hospital of village Shindad, Jawaki, FR Kohat. Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman, Chairman Committee, presided over the meeting, which was attended by Senator Sania Nishter, Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Dost Muhammad Khan, Senator Hidayatullah, Senator Haji Hidayat Ullah Khan, and senior officers of the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, Home Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rehabilitation and Relief Department, and all concerned.

The Committee examined the situation of 1,774 Health Department contract employees’ regularisation after the National Assembly’s Regularisation Bill, as well as SAFRON Ministry employees’ regularisation.

HEC scholarships for impoverished Balochistan and FATA students; FATA residents’ legitimate damage and loss claims.

The Ministry informed the Committee that 133 contract staff had been regularised while briefing them on 1,774 regularisations. 1221 employees are being addressed. The Committee ordered the Ministry to launch an inter-department inquiry and provide a report within 15 days while investigating the delay. Next meeting will discuss.

The Committee was informed that SAFRON could not fund the regularisation of Afghan Refugees Organisation (ARO) personnel. The Ministry reported that the UNHCR and Finance Division spoke about this, but neither was willing to take on the obligation of ARO staff who had served for over two decades. The Committee called this a great injustice and ordered the Ministry to discuss the subject again with the Finance Division.

The Committee stressed the need for HEC policy review and directed it to consider only domiciled students with matriculation certificates from Balochistan and erstwhile FATA for scholarships. HEC was ordered to investigate and inform the Committee of professional college entrance requirements in the next meeting.

The Committee recommended paying FATA citizens for damages and losses according to codal formalities, including audits.

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