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ISLAMABAD, Nov 11 (APP): Minister for Defence Production Rana
Tanveer Hussain Friday said the report of Gaddani shipbreaking
incident has been finalized and submitted to Prime Minister Muhammad
Nawaz Sharif on Monday.
Sharing the key findings he categorically informed that the incident was happened due to the negligence of the government departments and owner of the ship.
Rana Tanveer while briefing the media persons here, shared that No Objection Certificate (NoC) had not been issued to the owner of shipbreaking company from the relevant government departments but they started work without official approval.
“There is no medical facility and fire extinguishing equipments around the site of shipbreaking,” the minister added.
He said unfortunately the shipbreaking industry contributes a huge amount of around Rs 12 billion annually to the national economy but they have not hospital or proper medical facility at the site for the safety of workers.
So far, the minister continued, the government has suspended
officials of grade 19 and 20 who found guilty as par negligence of their duty and strict action has proposed further against culprits after complete investigation and inquiry.
He explained that the inquiry committee, was established on
the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to submit a detail report within 15 days so that no such incident should occur in future.
The committee, headed by him, was comprised of secretaries of
the Cabinet, Defence Production and Ports and Shipping, Chief Secretary Balochistan, Additional Secretary Defence and Managing Director Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works.
Rana Tanveer said the committee visited Karachi and Gadani
Shipyards and probed various stakeholders including owner of the ship, labour union representatives and senior officials of department of environment protection, Baluchistan Development Custom Authorities etc.
Replying a query regarding the way forward, Rana Tanveer said
the committee has prepared two types of recommendations including short term and long term to avoid such incidents in future.
Rana Tanveer said the committee has also proposed a separate ministry of Maritimes Affairs in the report that will deal all the matters.
“The committee has also recommended a board which is headed by
Chief Secretary Balochistan and representatives including Karachi
Port Trust, Pakistan Navy, Association, CBA Union and other experienced persons of all stakeholders that board will take all decisions regarding shipbreaking,” he added.
The minister said as many 26 people died and 56 injured in the incident, adding that the Ministry of Defence Production will also publish an advertisement in leading newspapers so that relatives of any missing workers could contact the ministry.