Senate committee for allocation of more funds for Mazar-e-Quaid complex

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ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Senate Standing Committee on Information,Broadcasting and National Heritage on Friday called for allocation of more funds for Mazar-e-Quaid Complex and decided to make its recommendations regarding release of additional funds for the complex as part of the Senate recommendations for finance bill.

The committee meeting chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha had given directive in its previous meeting that Rs 10 ticket per entry in the Quaid complex should be abolished, grant for Nazria-e-Paksitan Council should not be stopped and additional funds should be allocated for the Quaid complex for bring it out of financial straights.The committee was informed that a total of 146 employees were working at the Mazar-e-Quaid.The committee was also informed that as part of its security arrangements, one hundred Pakistan Army personnel,40 Rangers,20 policemen and 60 private security guards have been deputed there.

The committee was also informed that 40 security cameras are being installed in the complex and the project would be completed by end of June this year.

The committee formed a sub-committee headed by Nehal Hashmi,Saeed Ghani and Dr Ashok Kumar which would visit the Quaid complex without prior intimation and see the conditions and present ta report within one month.

About PTV,the committee observed that despite Supreme Court and High Courts directives for following merit in appointments. The committee also issued directives for presentation of a report about appointments made in PTV during past three years.

The issued directives to Press Information Department (PID) to stop political use of its media centre in future.

The committee was informed that RS 7.9 billion advertisements were issued to the print and electronic media during past three years.The committee expressed its concern over monopoly of advertisement companies and decided to take up the issue in its next meeting.

On the issue of pension of the Lok Virsa employees,the observed that it was strange that on the one hand pensions of the retired employees were reduced but 60 new appointments were made in the institution. The committee said that Secretary IB&NH had assured the committee that he would resolve issue so he should fulfil his commitment as Ramzan was approaching.

Briefing the committee over steps taken by the Paksitan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA),its Chairman Absar Alam told that crime related programmes, reenactment of crime scenes have been banned.

He said that landing rights procedure for children TV channels. He said that PEMRA has banned those cartoon programmes in which Hindi language is used. He said that due a flaw in the policy in the past no Paksitan specific beams were set by the satellite channels.

He said that now decision has been made to provide uplink facility to them,so they would dub the programmes in Urdu.
Absar Alam said that the PEMRA was committed to implement the committee directives regarding violations of code of conduct by the satellite channels.

The meeting was attended by Farahatullah Babar,Nehal Hashmi,Rubina Khalid,Dr Ashok Kumar,Sardar Yaqub Nasar,Saeed Ghani and Mushahidullah Khan.

Senior officials of the Ministry of IB&NH including additional secretary Saba Mohsin Raza,Deputy Director General PID Nadeem Hyder Kiani were also present in the meeting.