Minister for Housing and Works Muhammad Akram Khan Durrani on Thursday apprised the Senate that a summery has been sent to the Prime Minister on August 11, 2017 for 70 per cent increase in rental ceiling of the government employees. Replying to various supplementary questions during Question Hours, the Minister said that the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had increased 35 per cent increase in the rental ceiling of the government employees.
He said that he had sought 100 percent increase in the ceiling, however to flash flood and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan issue, the then PM Nawaz Sharif approved 35 percent increase. He said he has sent a summery to the incumbent PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for 70 percent increase in the ceiling. The minister said Federal Cabinet imposed ban on new construction of government accommodation on March 13,1995, hence, no new residential accommodation has been carried out, he added.
Akram Durrani said the membership drive phase-I (Bara Kahu) for registration of FG Employees for allotment was launched in 2009 whereas process of issuance of Consent Letters was commenced in April, 2015. He said the Supreme Court took Suo Moto on purchase of land in June 2009 and the case was disposed on February 27, 2013. The Supreme Court ordered that no escalation in the project cost on any ground be allowed.
He said M/s Green Tree also did not honor its obligation as per agreement and did not undertake preliminary development work of the area. Instead it took stay order from Islamabad High Court and the matter remained subjudice in Islamabad High Court since 2014, he added.—APP