CM Elahi announces to regularise contract OPC employees

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Exposing youth to skills-based technology need of hour, say Elahi

Vice Chairman Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab Makhdoom Syed Tariq Mehmoodul Hasan called on Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi at his office and discussed matters about the resolution of problems of expatriate Pakistanis on Tuesday.

Chaudhry Parvez Elahi directed to solve the problems of Pakistanis living abroad on a priority basis and announced the regularization of contract employees of OPC up to grade 9, saying that the regularization of 56 employees of the Overseas Pakistanis Commission has been a long-standing demand. He said that a special overseas club for overseas Pakistanis will be created in each divisional headquarters and an overseas conference will also be convened soon to identify and solve the problems of overseas Pakistanis.

For the convenience of overseas Pakistanis, one window revenue, NADRA and LDA counters have been activated and district overseas committees have been notified; he said and added that overseas Pakistanis will be fully supported and assisted in every provincial department. Overseas Pakistanis can now get their land documents from OPC Punjab. With the fictionalization of a 24/7 helpline, overseas Pakistanis can also register their complaints at any time, he noted.

Meanwhile, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad called on Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and former federal minister Moonis Elahi at the Chief Minister’s Office and discussed measures for the promotion of higher education in the province.

The CM maintained that exposing youth to skills-based technology is the need of the hour. New universities will be set up to promote skills-based technology; he said and added that the introduction of a uniform pay scale for university teachers was being reviewed and the pay scale will be linked with performance. Free advanced courses were being conducted for the youth in collaboration with Microsoft. We can compete with the world only by adopting new and modern trends in the field, he noted.

Chief Minister Parvez Elahi further said that technology is changing every moment in the world, and we also have to adapt higher education to modern requirements. In this regard, the Punjab government will extend full support to Higher Education Commission to improve governance in universities. To correct the affairs of the universities, it is necessary to end ad-hocism, he maintained. A lot of work is needed in terms of research in universities. The stipends for students to get higher education will be increased.