Scientists must focus on research to improve economic growth: Fakhar

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

Oath taking ceremony of newly elected members of EAPARC was held here at NARC on Monday.

Federal Minister for Ministry of National Food Security & Research Syed Fakhar Imam participated as Chief Guest of the Ceremony and took oath from newly elected Members of EAPARC Election 2021.

Engr. Shamim ul Sibtain, DG NARC welcomed the participants including the Federal Minister of NFSR and other guests. He highlighted that PARC has contributed significantly to the national economy but it has been in a serious financial crunch as several employees/scientists are still waiting for their pension commutation as well as payment of 5% / 10% increase announced in budget 2019.

The Govt. must take immediate action to resolve this critical issue. Mr. Liaqat Ali Wahla, President EAPARC presented Sapasnama and his Charter of demands including pensioners/ employees dues before Federal Minister and Sr. Management of PARC as these issues need urgent attention of Federal Govt. to reduce distress in PARC Employees.

Addressing the participants, Federal Minister for M/o NFS&R Syed Fakhar Imam congratulated EAPARC’s newly elected Members on their victory in elections. Federal Minister acknowledged PARC’s employees/scientists for their continued support to enhance food and nutritional security, improving the productivity of Pakistan’s agriculture and ultimately adding to the country’s economy.

The Federal Minister also ensured to approach concerned ministries along-with Finance ministries to manage the financial crisis of PARC. The Minister urged the agriculture scientists to develop varieties of quality seed and disease resistance so that per acre production could be increased.

Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC in his speech ensured that the legal demands of EAPARC must be implemented in its true spirit as early as possible. Chairman, PARC also remarked about the PARC / NARC employees’ efforts and role in the promotion of the agriculture sector in Pakistan.