PAC decides to send matter to CII

ISLAMABAD - Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday decided to send matter regarding usage of minority funds for the performance of Haj and Ummra to Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to seek its opinion on it.

The committee meeting, chaired by PPP senior legislator Yasmeen Rehman, reviewing the audit objection of ministry of Interfaith Harmony and Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), also summoned the chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).

MNA Akram Maseeh Gil pointed out that amount minority funds were being used for Haj and Ummra so opinion of CII should be sought on this matter. “It should be determined from religious scholars or Council of Islamic Ideology (CIII) that it is right or not,” he said raising some reservations on the performance of chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).

On reservations of Gil, the committee also sought the detailed report of saving of Trust, as it allegedly has decreased from Rs 8 billion to Rs 4 billion in some years. The committee also sought report of person employed in the Trust during last three years.

The matter regarding agreement with DHA and board was also came under discussion as it was pointed out that millions of rupees have yet not been acquired. On it, the committee asked to submit report on this matter soon after Eid-ul-Azha. Gill further told the committee that he had also written a letter to Prime Minister, requesting to appoint a non-Muslim as chairman of ETPB and increase the representation of non-Muslim in the board.

Reviewing the audit objection Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), the committee directed Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Islamabad to form a comprehensive policy for registration of unregistered schools in federal capital.

Taking serious notice over education system in Islamabad, the committee also urged for quality education in government-run schools. The committee members also raised reservations over distribution of books free of cost in private schools by the directorate. It was also informed that around 500 private schools of Islamabad are running without registration. The matter about using old and bogus registration was also raised by a member of committee.

On it, PAC directed Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) to register private school and provide a list to the committee who are not paying heed on it.

The committee also raised concern for increasing registration fee terming it a burden on masses. Earlier, Secretary CAAD told the committee that incumbent government has raised registration fee up Rs 1million.

Unsatisfied with the answers of Secretary CAAD, the PAC members also expressed dissatisfaction on the appointment of contract teachers. A committee member asked the chairman CAAD to come in committee with full preparation and share details of all these concerns in a fortnight.

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