Senate Committee comes hard on CDA, CADD for not carrying out recommendations

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Muhammad Arshad

Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, Friday, expressed displeasure over absence of Chairman CDA and Secretary CADD and over lack of progress on the implementation status of the committee’s directions.
The Committee is considering a privilege motion by the Committee on National Food Security & Research against CDA for not implementing the recommendations of that committee on the matter of proposed conversion of 1400 acres of NARC land by CDA into residential/commercial plots.
The committee heard Member Estate CDA Khushal Khan on the matter who was of the view that CDA cannot ask the Prime Minister Office to expedite the summary approval process. The Committee has summoned Chairman CDA and Secretary CADD in the next meeting.
The meeting also heard ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination on the matter of breach of privilege of Senator ShaikhAteeq when his question wasn’t replied to accurately in Senate sitting.
The ministry clarified that the wrong reply was due to a typing error and had nothing to do with deliberate effort to mislead the House. Similarly two separate questions of Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan pertaining to ministry of Defence and Ministry of National Food Security were not replied to at different occasion and the committee in its meeting discussed the privilege motions.
The ministries submitted detailed replies of the questions regarding vehicle details in different departments of ministry of food security and information about pays and pensions of employees of Heavy Mechanical Complex Taxilla.
Both ministries also expressed regret for any inconvenience caused to the House and members and assured to show vigilance in future. The three privilege motions were disposed off.
While discussing the matter of Chairman’s ruling on breach of privilege of the House due to not replying on a question asking information of all loans taken and written off by National Bank of Pakistan and then not taking action against the concerned officials, the committee was told that the Minister for Finance has contacted with the Chairman Senate and it has been appealed to the Chairman to review his ruling. The matter was deferred until the Chairman decides anything about the appeal.