Islamabad, February 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): The House and Library Committee of the National Assembly expressed its serious reservations on the quality of maintenance work carried out by CDA in different blocks of Parliament Lodges. It also expressed its concern over the supply of substandard furniture and fixtures in Parliament Lodges. The House and Library Committee met under the Chairmanship of Murtaza Jaed Abassi, Depuuty Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House today.
The Committee while deliberating upon the agenda observed that the CDA staff deputed at the Lodges remained absent from their duties and never properly responded on the complaints of the MNAs residing in the Lodges. The Deputy Speaker directed CDA to address the complaints of the members and ensured the quality of the maintenance work.
This was maiden meeting of the committee with a heavy agenda related to the progress report of construction work of additional family suites and servant quarters, maintenance of accommodation and current status of National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS) and allocation of funds for maintenance as well as supply of furniture to the Parliament Lodges.
The committee expressed its displeasure on the delay in construction of additional family suites at Parliament Lodges. The Committee was informed that the CDA was committed to complete the initial phase of the project by the end of March 2014 but on ground however, due to slow construction work, the completion of the project would be delayed. Deputy Speaker directed to the CDA authorities to bear the expenses of the accommodation rent for Parliamentarians as per their entitlement that were waiting for allotments of suites.
Murtaza Javed Abassi, therefore, constituted a sub-committee comprising MNAs Mr. Iqbal Mehdi Khan, Nawabzada Mazhar Ali, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Malik Ibrar Ahmad to monitor the maintenance work in Parliament Lodges, sub standard furniture and other fixtures used in lodges and asses the required CDA staff for this purpose. The Committee will also scrutinize the enquiry report submitted by the CDA authority for irregularities in accommodation and other maintenance work.
The Deputy Speaker also instructed that the CDA will provide the detail of the allottees of the Parliament lodges as well as the servant quarters and additional rooms. He also directed for displaying these details on the notice board in the Parliament Lodges. He also directed the concerned officials of Ministry of Finance and CDA to look into the matter for the release of maintenance grant and their proper utilization.
Later, the administrator of the NAECHS informed the committee that the additional land for the society has been acquired and possession letters to the members of the society who completed the required criteria have been awarded. The Deputy Speaker decided to discuss the progress on the issue in next meeting of the committee.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Iqbal Mehdi Khan, Nawabzada Mazhar Ali, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Molana Qamar ud din and Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA on special invitation and senior officers of the National Assembly, CDA and Finance Ministry.
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