Senate body for recruitment of candidates from Dera Bugti

Ijaz Kakakhel

A sub-committee of the Senate Standing committee on Petroleum on Friday directed the PPL to recruit at least seven candidates from Dera Bugti and ensured fully implementation of the agreement.

The decision was taken in the sub-committee, which held today in parliament house while Senator Prince Ahmed Omer Ahmedzai was on chair. The committee after proper briefing, concluded that since the recruitment has not been made as per the agreement therefore at least for this year these seven candidates must be inducted.

The committee unanimously recommended that the matter of induction of the seven candidates may be resolved within 20 days. The committee sought report on the same in the next meeting

The meeting was call to look into the details of lease agreement signed between the then M/o Petroleum & Natural Resources and Government of Balochistan in 2016 with particular reference to the implementation of the terms regarding recruitment of 10 Engineers and 15 Diploma Holders on annual basis from Dera Bugti and other welfare activities by the Company (PPL).

The PPL briefed the committee that PPL has invited applications from eligible candidates who were domiciled residents of Dera Bugti, Balochistan through advertisement on 1st August 2021 and top 15 candidates were offered two years on job training, however during the meeting of the senate Standing Committee on 23rd August 2022, the petitioners raised the issue that a certain candidate during the test had not physically appeared and allegedly someone else had appeared on the test date.

It was informed to the committee that the PPL probed into the matter with the NTS and that the NTS as per the investigation report constituted a three member committee and concluded that no malpractice was noted on the day of the test nor in the record.

Senator Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti also raised questions on the non-implementation of the MoA signed between MoE and GoB in may 2016, as per the agreement, the PPL was to hire 10 engineers and 15 diploma holders on local merit each year. The PPL explained that due to reduced skilled manpower requirement, during the aforementioned duration PPL could only hire the operationally required numbers of Engineers and Diploma holders which was slightly less than the MoA numbers.

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