ISLAMABAD: The Senate House Committee, which met at the Parliament House here Friday, emphasized the need to carry out the necessary repair, renovation and up-gradation work at the Parliament Lodges and in the premises of Senate Banquet Hall urgently to make these places more tidy, graceful and worthy of Parliamentarians.
Presided over by the Acting Chairman, Senate of Pakistan, Mr. Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali and attended by Senators Naeem Hussain Chattha, Anisa Zeb Tahirkhaili, Mrs. Gulshan Saeed, Mrs. Kalsoom Parveen and Maulana Rahat Hussain, the meeting recommended that up-gradation of the Senate Banquet Hall and wash rooms, kitchen, pantry etc. be accorded priority along with renovation of the existing 130 dinning chairs.
In view of the availability of meager funds (Rs. 1.2 million only), it has also been decided that instead of purchasing new expensive chairs for the Dinning Hall, the existing ones may be repaired in an economical manner so that funds remain available for renovation and up-gradation of wash rooms and pantry, which are presently giving a very shabby look to the entire premises and which formed an urgent priority.
The Honourable Acting Chairman informed the participants of the meeting that he would personally undertake a visit to the Parliament Lodges on Saturday morning to look into the complaints made by a number of Parliamentarians regarding lack of proper up-keep there and appalling conditions prevailing there especially leakages, poor condition of furniture, carpets and curtains etc which make the life of inmates miserable.
Earlier, the senior officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) attending the meeting requested that the minimum requirement of allocation of Rs. 108 million may kindly be met and released to the CDA on urgent basis for renovation of the Parliament Lodges.
Responding to the request, the Honourable Acting Chairman assured that he would take up the matter with the Finance Minister when he attends the meeting of the Senate Finance Committee scheduled for April 8, besides pursuing the case with the Ministry as any more delay would complicate the things further.
He, however, requested the members to determine priorities in view of the paucity of funds, doing the most important thing first and then proceeding accordingly. He informed that the honourable Deputy Speaker, National Assembly is also being taken on board on the issue of renovation, security etc at the Parliament Lodges.
It was also suggested that a Mail Room be earmarked at the Parliament Lodges to keep the important letters, correspondents etc of the Parliamentarians in safe hands and to ensure their prompt delivery. Some members complained occasional presence and stay of unauthorized persons in the premises of Parliament Lodges and the consequent security threat in the prevailing atmosphere. The Acting Chairman assured that this grievance would be addressed promptly. The next meeting of the Committee has been scheduled for Saturday, April 12. The Secretary Senate, Raja Muhammad Amin also attended the meeting.-SANA