The National Assembly Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met under the chairpersonship of MNA Dr Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal on Monday, to discuss the proposed agenda.
Islamabad, (Pakistan Point News - 26th Feb, 2018) : The National Assembly Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met under the chairpersonship of MNA Dr Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal on Monday, to discuss the proposed agenda. The Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.
The Committee considered "The Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017" moved by MNA Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan. After detailed deliberation on the Bill the Committee directed Ministry to provide more detail in the next meeting. The Secretary also briefed the Committee about the status of encashment of PIA tickets to the Parliamentarian. After discussion Committee directed that Rs. 3 lacs (without any deduction) should be given to the parliamentarians instead of vouchers and also recommended that number of tickets should be increased from 20 to 30.
Acting Chairman, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) briefed the Committee about the profits made by Roosevelt Hotel in New York, USA during the last year. He informed the Committee that Roosevelt Hotel Revenue for the year 2016 is $ 96.450 million and Profit figure is $ 1.540 million. He said that Aviation Division has no plan to sell the Roosevelt Hotel. He further informed that experts / professionals have given proposal to give Roosevelt Hotel on lease for the period of 30 to 40 years to earn more profit.
The Committee showed annoyance on the above proposal and strongly recommended that Roosevelt Hotel should not be given on lease at any cost. The Committee also decided to invite CEO, PIA to brief the Committee about the suspension / cancellation of flights / routes to New York, USA. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works briefed the Committee regarding the budget and maintenance of government rest houses. He informed that at present Ministry of Housing and Works / Pak.
PWD is not maintaining any rest house. He also provided detail of Lodges, Hostel and Family Suites working under the Ministry of Housing and Works. The Committee directed Ministry of Housing and Works to provide detail of officers residing in Lodges, Hostel and Family Suites in Islamabad in the next meeting. The MNAs Malik Ihtebar Khan, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Law & Justice, Housing and Works, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA).