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NA Standing Committee On M/O Human Rights Meets Today
Monday, 28th August, 2017

Islamabad, the 28th  August, 2017.  32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 2:00 p.m. in the Briefing Hall of Tarbela Dam Rest House, Tarbela under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings held on 18th and 25th July, 2017.

The Director, PESCO informed the Committee that Chief Executive Officer could not attend the meeting due to official engagements in the meeting in Lahore and he will be responsible to accept the decision of the Committee, The Committee was assured to implement on the recommendation to minimize load-shedding from four to six hours.

The Committee was also assured by General Manager, Tarbela Dam Project to implement on    T-5 and the policy which will be prepared by the Standing Committee upon which Committee Members agreed and recommended that 30% quota of employments to the affectees of Tarbela Dam, Ghazi Brotha and Warsak Dam and 70% to the local people of the concerned areas be given. The Committee also clarified that there are three villages i.e. Hamlet Ghazi, 25 towns of Khalabat and Kangra Colony consisting on 13000 houses. Some are situated in hills, Soo Thathoo and in the areas of Punjab. The Committee also recommended that summary should be prepared by the General Manager Tarbela Dam Project on Tarbela and Warsak Dam affecttees and work on it promptly to to resolve the issues of affecttees.

The Committee dissatisfied on the reply of the WAPDA and expressed its displeasure on the non-provision of basic facilities like electricity, load-shedding by WAPDA from 16 to 18 hours in the Hamlet Colony, non-provision of jobs to the local people of Haripur, provision of only 10 to 15 voltage of electricity in upper Tanaawal, removal of electric meters from Warsak and submission of electric bills amounting to Rs.20,00000/- to the people on previous meters which destroyed in flood and non-installation of new electric meters to the affect tees of Warsak Dam Colony and its other areas. An Hon’able MNA also expressed displeasure on submission of electric bills of the factories by PESCO amounting to Rs.20,00,000/- to those people who have not provided any electric meters. He suggested that electric meters should be provided to the affecttees and take be action against the officials of PESCO who receive big amounts from factory owners. The Chief Finance Officer M/o Water and Power assured the Committee to register an FIR against the defaulter if some-one is found involved in corruption.

The Committee recommended that record of industries bills and meters readings of all the consumers since the year, 2014 to onward be provided to the Hon’able Member, Mr. Sajis Nawaz Khan within 15 days and report of record to the Committee in its next meeting so that blame could be proved or cleared.  The Committee also suggested to meet the Secretary, Minister for Water and Power and the Prime-Minister and show the bills amounting to Rs.20,00,000/-.

The Committee was informed on a query for supply of new electricity line from Tarbela Dam to the people of Haripur that it is the line of NTDC so net-work of NTDC will be observed due to voltage issue.  NTDC will be called in the next meeting of the Committee to resolve the issue of supply of electricity to Haripur.

The Committee also recommended the Ministry of Water and Power and General Manager, Tarbela to provide basic facilities of sewerage, drinking water, roads and streets to the affecttees of Tarbela Dam in Khalabat, Hamlet Ghazi and Kangra in accordance with the 1968-69 Policy. 

The meeting was attended by Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Water and Power and its attached department.