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Event Title: Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat

Event Date: 2019-09-04

Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat in its meeting on Wednesday while discussing the report by FIA pertaining to Amendments made in Rule 11(i) of the qualifying criteria of Central Superior Services (CSS) Examination 2013 and 2014 by FPSC without seeking approval of the competent authority, the committee was told by FIA that due process was not carried out while making the amendments in 2008 and 2012. The Committee was told that at the time of approval of the amendments the drafts were not clear on the amendments proposed. The amendment pertained to changing the passing criteria of the CSS exam by adding ‘or’ in the rule in 2008 and removing the same provision in 2012.

The Committee members were of the view that the malafide in bringing the amendments shows that it was carried out to accommodate some particular candidates or to disqualify any particular candidates. Secretary FPSC told the meeting that in 2013 only 11 candidates were affected due to this amendment in the rule and the number of effected candidates in 2014 was 4. FIA told the committee that the amendments cannot be termed malafide because no information on beneficiaries or effectees was found and the rules were not changed during the exam process. The Committee directed the FPSC to submit details of the beneficiary candidates from 2008 to 2012 and asked FPSC to locate those involved in these amendment proposals back in 2008 and 2012. The Committee also decided to review the FPSC Rules in detail.

During discussion on extension of contract period of the contractual medical staff at Cardiac Centre, PIMs, Islamabad, the Committee was told by Secretary National Health Services that a summary was sent on 19 August for extension of contract so that they can get their salaries as the FPSC process of recruitment hasn’t concluded yet and approval is still awaited. The Committee was told that three extensions of six months each have previously been given and this is the fourth one for doctors in BPS 16-19. The Committee called for some long term permanent solution of the issue which cannot be done with extensions but with regularisation. The Committee directed FPSC to complete the recruitment process in 3 months’ time.

The Committee was also given a briefing by Islamabad Club regarding administration and management of gymnasium in the club along with the rules and regulations and services provided for members. The Committee chairman directed the Club administration to look into the reports of steroids being given to members of the gymnasium by the trainers in personal capacity which can be harmful to the health of young people who don’t know what they are being given. The Committee members also expressed concern on the deteriorating quality of services and food available at the club and decided to take detailed briefing by the administrator as well as visit the club.

Principal National College of Arts gave a briefing to the Committee regarding its organisation, administration, ongoing projects, culture and history. It was told that the college that was established in 1875 with 3 departments and has now 12 departments. 1600 students are currently enrolled in the college. The Committee appreciated the work conducted by NCA students in various institutions and cities of the country including the National Assembly ceiling and Gali-e-Dastoor in the Senate. The Committee recommended increasing the government funding of the college which currently stands at 215 million annually. The Committee members proposed utilising the expertise of NCA in helping art departments of leading provincial higher education institutions to provide finest art education opportunity across the country. The Committee also supported the proposal of Principal NCA to use the Arts and Crafts village and Pak China Centre premises as campus of NCA in Islamabad.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Talha Mehmood here at the Parliament Lodges and was attended among others by Senators Javed Abbasi, Najma Hameed, Hidayatullah, Mushtaq Ahmed, Samina Saeed, Rubina Khalid, Seemee Ezdi, Anwar Lal Deen, Secretary Establishment Division, Secretary National Health Services and Regulations, Special Secretary Cabinet Division, Secretary Federal Public Service Commission, Secretary Islamabad Club and Principal National College of Arts.