NA chair stops sacking of PARC workers


National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has stopped the method of shedding the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) workers, who had been employed in alleged violation of rules and procedures.

At the National Assembly session on Tuesday, PML-N chief Khawaja Asif demanded throughout a degree of order that the federal government cease firing the PARC workers as they’ve been working for the organisation for round 15 years.

The deputy speaker, who was presiding over the session, later issued a ruling to cease the method of termination of providers till a subcommittee of the parliament’s accountability arm, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), submits its report.

According to a report printed in The Express Tribune final week, PARC administration on July 24 laid off 69 workers, appointed over a decade in the past in alleged violation of rules and laws.

These 69 workers included officers from grade-17 to grade-19 they usually had been a part of a gaggle of 269 workers that the administration had determined to put off in phases.

A sub-committee of PAC on January 18 directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to carry an inquiry into the appointments made in PARC in violation of rules.

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The committee had issued the order whereas reviewing the audit objections of the Ministry of National Food Security for the yr 2014-15. The audit officers had earlier briefed the committee concerning the non-provision of data of 269 reinstated PARC workers.

At the NA session on Tuesday, the chair additionally referred the matter of granting permission of fishing to fishermen from Karachi to Gwadar to the related committee. The matter was raised by two PPP lawmakers, Abdul Qadir Patel and Agha Rafiullah.

PML-N’s Rao Ajmal referred to as the eye of the home to the lowering per acre yield of cotton and sugarcane. He stated the yield of cotton remained low even through the tenure of the earlier governments but it surely had lowered phenomenally through the PTI rule.

“The government has now appointed an adviser on agriculture and that adviser has previously worked for an Indian company which was involved in a one billion rupees hybrid seeds scandal,” he stated.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on April 19 appointed Jamshed Iqbal Cheema because the particular assistant to the prime minister (SAPM) on meals safety.

Responding to the calling consideration discover, Minister for Food Security and Research Fakhar Imam stated within the ongoing yr, all crops have been outstanding besides the cotton crop.

He stated within the final 18 yr the earlier governments didn’t make legal guidelines for registration of crops however the PTI authorities has made these legal guidelines. “Even today, the federal cabinet set the price of 40kg of cotton at Rs5,000 [in order to protect the interest of growers],” the minister added. 

MNA Mohsin Dawar later identified the shortage of quorum and the NA sitting was adjourned until Friday 11am. Interestingly, after adjournment of the session two PTI lawmakers Ali Nawaz Awan and Abdul Shakoor Shad exchanged barbs, hurled threats at one another and nearly got here to blows.

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