Senate Committee wants early construction of WWF schools

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Islamabad—Senate Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development on Thursday expressed annoyance over no progress on the construction of schools of Workers Welfare Board in Shahbaz Azmat Khel, Bannu and Zhob after acquisition of land.
The meeting was chaired by Senator Baz Muhammad Khan while Senators including Lt Gen (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum, Rehman Malik, Najma Hameed and Nighat Mirza attended the meeting.
The members of the committee said the land for the construction of the schools was purchased about 11 years ago and WWF had failed to start any construction work on that. The officials of WWF said they would take up the issue of construction of schools in the upcoming meeting of Governing Body on September 29.
The committee was given detailed briefing by the officials on the performance and budgetary allocations of Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) and Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE).
The committee members observed that if the organization like OEC was sending only 300 labour abroad on monthly basis for employment and had sent abroad 140,000 persons since establishment in 1976 what was its utility.
The committee members called for making this organization more vibrant toward exploring vast earning opportunities for Pakistani labour in the international market. The committee also directed the Managing Director of OEC to get the legal opinion over the amount OEC is charging from the intending labour going abroad.—APP