The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on communications was held here at Parliament House on Tuesday 13th July, 2021 under the chairmanship of Senator Prince Omer Ahmedzai.
Standing Committee got detailed briefing on the organization, function and performance of ministry of communication and its attached departments. Chairman committee welcomed the member of committee and the representatives of ministry and its attached departments. He said that the ministry of communications is very important department. For the further improvement of the communication system of the country, we all have to work together. Secretary communication ensured full corporation for the better communications.
Chairman NHA briefed the standing committee about the Functions, Structure, PSDP Projects, Budget, total Strength, CPEC projects and also on-going a new projects of NHA. He told the committee that rules are being amended according to the new requirements of communications. He informed that NHA has signed 13 international Agreements and on the projects of CPEC joint working strategies has been adopted. He informed road network consist of 13572 km in the country, out of which 2255km is motorway. In PSDP projects there are 62 projects out of which 47 are on-going Projects and 15 are new ones. He briefed the committee about the western corridor project’s progress. On the question of Senator Hafiz Abdul karim it was informed that Hakla to DI khan Project would be completed in September 2021, and 91% work has been completed so far. Senator Danesh Kumar raised the matter of Low bidder tenders and said that it has become routine of contractor to give30 to 40 % lower bid than actual cost of the project and then got revision. Chairman committee senator Prince Omer Ahmedzai directed to take a notice of such issues. Committee was informed that to tackle the matter a committee has been constituted and a new policy will be adopted that instead of performance report the bank guarantee will be received from the contractor.
Inspector General, Motorway Police updated the committee about budget, performance, function and said that it is the mission of department to provide safe and relax journey to the people. To achieve this goal several steps have been initiated. He told the committee that around 1.3 million people died every year in road accidents. We have targeted to safeguard 6 thousands lives till 2030. He also told the committee that new recruitments will be done soon. Senator Danesh Kumar said that in new recruitment provisional and minority’s quota must be observed. Senator Saifullah Abro raised the matter of frequent local police intervention between Hyderabad to Karachi road.
DG Pakistan Postal services informed the committee about the postal services performance and structure. He told that there are 47,348 sanction posts out of which 31635 are regular employees and 8436 are vacant positioned. He told the committee that income of the Pakistan postal services is around 15 billion rupees while expenditures are 25.5 billion rupees and the majority expenditures spent on salaries and pensions of the employees. Secretary communication told the committee next year Pension of the employee would be paid by the AGPR. Chairman committee Senator Prince Ahmed Omer Ahmedzai stressed that Pakistan postal service should take step to improve the service just like TCS and other courier services to generate its income. It was decided that remaining agenda would be discussed during the next meeting.
The meeting of the standing committee was attended amongst the senators, Faisal Saleem Rehman, Saifullah Abro, Danesh Kumar, Shammim Afridi, Muhammad Akram , Hafiz Abdul Karim, Secretary communication, Chairman NHA , IG National Highways and motorway police, DG Pakistan postal services and other senior officials of the concern department.