Construction work of two new women hostels starts

Islamabad—The construction work of two new hostels in sector G-6/2 and G-7/3 for working women of federal capital would be started during this fiscal year after allocation of funds. Secretary Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) Nadeem Asharf told APP that ministry has demanded funds for the project but due to some technical reasons the amount was not earmarked in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2016-17. But he added, “We would forward the summary of the projects and hopefully they would be able to get funds for starting this project during the current fiscal year”. He further informed that the PC 1 of the project needed to be revised as the previous PC 1 was drafted in 2013 but now the construction cost has increased so it needed to be revised according to current market rates.
The land for the hostels were allocated around ten years ago and an amount of Rs. 10 million had been reserved for construction in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2014-15 but no work was done, official sources told APP.
No funds were allocated during the fiscal year 2015-16 followed by the current fiscal year ignoring the long standing demand of women employed in different government, semi government and private organizations besides students facing severe accommodation problems, they further said. The issue was raised in the first meeting of National Assembly standing committee of Human Rights held on March 14, this year in which the ministry officials apprised the body that no budget was allocated for the scheme in fiscal year 2015-2016.
They added that there was some confusion in placing this scheme either in the Ministry of Housing, Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) or in Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR).
“There is now consensus that the scheme will be managed by MoHR so the next year budget proposes Rs 100 million for the construction of working women hostels,” said Ministry officials in NA standing committee.
The ministry planed to propose allocation of Rs 255 million for five new schemes for the fiscal year 2016-2017.
The new schemes included establishment of National Institute of Human Rights, Human Rights Management Information System and two Psycho-social Support and Protection Centers in addition to Construction of National Child Protection Complex in Islamabad. —APP

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